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DIY Mum Created Incredible Slat Wall For £91 After Being Quoted £380

Deborah Cohen
6 July 2022, 0:00 pm
  • Lori Beach, 42, was quoted £380 just for the materials for a slat wall
  • Instead, she bought her own wood from B&Q and grey spay paint from B&M for £91
  • She used glue, paints and a staple gun she already had to complete the look

Slat walls are all the rage at the moment, but they can be expensive to create.

One DIY-loving mum has revealed how she managed to pull off an amazing slat wall transformation for £91 after being quoted £380.

Lori Beach, 42, a mum of three and IT professional from Sheffield, bought her own wood from B&Q and grey spay paint from B&M.

She used glue, paints and a staple gun she already had to complete the look.

Lori told money-saving Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK: "I am a home decor addict and I am currently doing projects in the house.

"I opened my Instagram account @sandybeach65 to try and inspire people to do simple home DIY projects on a budget.

"I am not a professional DIYer, I only work in IT but I enjoy doing DIY to the point that if I had to start my career all over again I would change it into something as practical as this.

"Over the past few years, we have done a lot of projects to the house, from the front garden to the back garden.

"I wanted to go for a different look for the hallway, so I looked around for ideas.

"I saw the wall slat from a number of companies but they were a bit pricey.

"I was quoted over £380 to buy the wood panels excluding fitting, so I decided to have a go at it myself.

"I bought the wood from B&Q. It came to a cost of £81.

"I then bought some grey spray paint from B&M for £10.

"I had leftover black and white paints from previous projects. I saved a lot of money by doing it myself from scratch.

“It cost me under £100 in total compared to the £380 I was quoted.

"The project did not go without its challenges.

"For starters the wood was not straight, being a natural material. Also, it would not stick to the wall with no more nails glue.

"So I had to use a staple gun to attach them to the wall.

"This was particularly challenging as the wall wasn't even straight either.

"All this did not deter me from achieving my goal, though.

"I was well pleased with the result as the hallway looked totally transformed.

"I went for grey on the slats to match the rest of the house's colour scheme.

"My advice to people wanting to save a bit of money is to have a go at it yourselves.

"You will have challenges on the way but the work is rewarding when you finish and look back at it. There are plenty of videos out there that show you how to do it step by step.

"I have since assisted many people with advice on similar projects and many other different ones.

"I am privileged to have to help of my husband and my brother who assist me with the heavy parts of my projects (although half the time I have to twist their arms or bribe them to help!).

"I have really enjoyed this project as it only took half a day to do. I think I will be doing more of the slat wall decoration in more areas of the house!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Lori has taught us all a lesson with this stunning renovation: when you’re given a price, always question it!

“By buying the materials herself, and doing the fitting too, she’s saved herself hundreds of pounds - and got a great sense of achievement too.”

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