I'm a DIY pro & gave my garden fences a major glow-up for just £35 – there's no need to splash out on pricey paneling | The Sun

A DIY pro has revealed how she gave her garden fences a major glow-up for just £35, proving there’s no need to splash out on pricey paneling. 

Carly took to TikTok to share a step-by-step guide on how she used 95p wooden battens to cover up her bog-standard fence. 

And while not everyone was convinced her DIY solution would last, the DIY pro was thrilled with the end result. 

Known online as @homestyle_bycarly, the Surrey-based content creator regularly shares interior design ideas and DIY hacks with her 10,500 followers. 

In a new reel, she said: “I spent far too long of my life painting fences last year and vowed not to do it again so this year, I've resorted to a DIY slatted makeover!”

During the 30-second video, Carly reveals the grey traditional-style overlap fence panels that framed her garden before. 


We wanted to make the most of our small garden so made our own outdoor kitchen

I gave my fences a modern glow-up on the cheap – they look super posh

She then cuts to her new, on-trend panels made up of thin wooden horizontal slats.

Below the video, she confirmed she bought trellis battens from East Coast Fencing and used 37 of them to cover one six-foot fence panel. 

She added: “I used treated trellis battens which cost 95p per length (1.8m) and I needed 37 of them to complete one panel. 

“So the total cost was just £35.15!

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“I simply used a nail gun to fix them to the existing wooden uprights in the old fence panel. So quick and easy! 

“One panel down, many more to go…

“I wasn't sure about the colour at first and undecided as to whether I stain them or not or just leave them as they are and put a clear protector on.”

Fans loved her savvy idea, with her tutorial gaining more than 37,600 likes and 2.1 million views. 

In the comments, keen DIYers shared their reactions, with one writing: “Omg I am so doing this!”

“As a fellow fencing company this is a great way to add more feature into your garden on a budget and this way it keeps nosey neighbours from looking,” commented another. 

A third put: “Look great.. we did this on a nasty wall in our garden and put lights behind.. looks great even 2 years later.”

Although not all were convinced, with another adding: “It looks great but it won't last long, unfortunately. many reasons but not being negative, just honest.”

Carly replied: “Ok. thanks for your opinion. It's a SHORT TERM solution.”

Someone else put: “Looks like underneath a bed or is it just me.”

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