Lucy Simms, 26, a personal assistant, wanted a fireplace for her new home. After looking to buy new electric ones, the homeowner found they were either too small or expensive, so she decided to make her own.
Lucy told money-saving community, LatestDeals.co.uk: “I came up with the idea as I bought a house in November last year, and as much as I loved it, unfortunately the past owners had knocked out the fireplace and chimney and I really wanted a vintage-looking fireplace.
“I used Pinterest and Facebook groups for inspiration, and also seared Facebook Marketplace every day to find a fire surround or electric fire I like.
“I didn’t for a long time and then randomly one day I found a white fire surround with a little flower detail on for free off Facebook marketplace.”
Lucy explained that it was perfect, the exact size and style she wanted for her home.
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“All together, it cost around £94. The fire stove was the most expensive at £58, the plasterboard was about £6 and the Amazon tiles I needed were £30.
“I am so happy now it is finished, it’s literally better than what I had envisioned in my mind.”
Lucy explained that the DIY project was her first one and was happy that it “turned out great”.
She added: “Of course, there are a few mistakes that could have been better but we learn for them.”
This means Lucy saved hundreds of pounds with her DIY transformation.
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “A quick interest search for a new fireplace shows that they can cost hundreds, if not thousands of pounds to buy brand new.
“While it’s always tempting to splurge to save yourself time, Lucy’s amazing fireplace shows that being creative, searching for bargains online and using Pinterest for inspiration can save you a ton of money.
“Her fireplace looks seriously expensive – I’d have never guessed it cost her less than £95!”
Many people find it hard to renovate property without spending a fortune.
This is why turning to DIY can help Britons save thousands of pounds, while getting the same result.