The lockdown DIY bug has bitten the best of us over this past year.
Regardless of whether home improvements were on your mind prior to last March or not, there’s just been something about having to stay inside our own four walls, accompanied by having more time on our hands than ever before, that seems to have turned the nation into DIY fanatics.
Who would’ve thought?
And with social media platforms flooded with people showing off everything from just a simple lick of paint or change of wallpaper, to their ingenious furniture upcycling creations, their at-home bars built out of pallets, and even their more ambitious garden pub makeovers, we’ve really seen it all too.
Now though, there’s a new DIY trend that’s undeniably taking over England’s third national lockdown, and people all across the country are having a crack at it.
It’s something that fills the Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds of interior design lovers, something that the ever-popular Facebook group DIY On A Budget Official – which currently has over 2.1 million active members – sees numerous posts about on the daily, and even something which saw a search increase of over 250%, according to data from Google Trends.
So, we really weren’t kidding when we said it was taking over.
But, what is this trend then?
Well, it seems that pretty much everyone has been trying their hand at DIY wall panelling with MDF wood as their latest lockdown project in a bid to add texture to their tired rooms, and some of the transformations are nearly unrecognisable too.
Acting as a fresh take on the feature wall phenomenon from the last decade, panelling can add warmth, depth and character to any space, no matter the size, and appears to be especially popular in the hallways, bedrooms, living rooms, and bathrooms of DIY fans.
Styles of panelling include mouldings with grand period designs, tongue and groove, traditional shaker-style, Jacobean-style grid, or dado style.
And it’s actually fairly simple to achieve for yourself too, hence the popularity.
While it’s advised by interior design experts and stylists that you do a bit of research into what style of panelling is likely to suit your home best before you roll up your sleeves and get stuck into it, you shouldn’t be put off if you’ve never done it before.
Despite how tricky it may look to start with, even just a little know-how means you can make decorative wall panels easily and quickly, and achieve great results.
Fancy giving it a go then?
Before you begin, the essentials you’ll need for this include – MDF wood panelling, a spirit level, No Nails Glue (or a similar brand), decorator’s caulk, a saw or cutter, a notebook and pen to jot down sizes, your choice of paint, sandpaper or an electric sander, a hammer, pins, and a tape measure.
Firstly, you’ll want to have a bit of fun planning your styles of panelling and seeking out inspiration online to get a feel for what will look best in your home, before you begin the important measuring process, which requires you to decide how many panels you want, and then use your tape measure to work out the full width and height of the wall you are deciding to panel.
Then it’s time to cut the panels, which you can either enlist the help of a professional for, or do yourself by using a saw and mitre box at a 90-degree angle, carefully cutting the panels that will be horizontally placed according to the measurements, repeating this process for all of the vertical panels and lightly sanding the ends until smooth.
You’ll want to spend some time sanding and smooth down the rest of your walls next, either with sandpaper or an electric sander if you have one to hand.
Now it’s the crucial process of applying the panels to your wall, where it’s advised to start by adding the frame – first with the base panels, followed by the top – then placing your panel onto the marked wall and using a laser level to ensure the panel is straight, before applying a strong adhesive to the back, sticking it to the wall, and being sure to press down firmly.
It’s best to add the vertical panels first, followed by the horizontal panels.
Then finally, once you have applied the panels to your walls, you’ll need to go over them with decorator’s caulk to patch up any unsightly gaps, cracks or holes and wait for it to fully dry, before sanding down to complete the look and finishing off with your choice of paint.
And you’re done.
If you need a little more guidance, just remember that social media is your best friend for this, and you can also find further information about achieving your own DIY panelling here.
Tyson Fury calls Usyk and Joshua ‘s***houses’ and doubts AJ fight will happen
Tyson Fury is at it again on social media, blasting both Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk after the latter suggested he was “afraid” of him.
While Fury is beginning preparations for his fight against AJ due to be held this December, Usyk attempted to rattle the Gypsy King’s cage in the meantime.
Speaking in an interview on his YouTube channel, the Ukrainian said, “Despite his toughness and how he is generally described, he is afraid. Yes, of me.” It didn’t take long for Tyson to respond in kind:
As you can see, the Wythenshawe-born heavyweight spends nearly a full minute shouting expletives, calling Usyk a “little s***house and a ‘little s***bag” before warning, “I’ll put my fist right through the side of you, you little sausage.”
Rubbishing the suggestion he is scared and dishing out some trash talk of his own, Fury then goes on to call out another “s***house”, as he puts it, labelling Joshua a “big bodybuilder” rather than a boxer and suggesting that he has been delaying signing the contract.
Despite Warren stating that terms would be agreed sometime soon, the long-awaited all-British bout could still be in doubt as we’ve already seen one potential fight disintegrate in the 11th hour.
AJ is coming off back-to-back defeats against Usyk, who he’d no doubt hoped to beat on his way to finally facing Fury. Nevertheless, the WBC champion believes he does want it at all, remarking: “You little sausage, you do not wanna fight, your manager’s a sausage.
The rant continues in a similar vein, with Fury adding: “I’ve never seen anything like yous, both a pack of s***houses.
“However, I will be fighting 3 December if this sausage does not sign the contract, which I don’t think he [will] because I don’t think he’s got the b****cks to, because he’s a s***bag.
It remains to be seen what kind of response Joshua will give and if the fight will finally be locked in. All we know is that it’ll be a big disappointment for fight fans if the match-up falls apart again.
Featured Image – Tyson Fury (via Twitter)
American tourist baffled by Manchester in hilarious TikTok vlog
An American tourist’s chaotic trip to Manchester has gone viral after he documented the whole thing in a TikTok vlog.
Adeib El Masri, a successful LA-based photographer and TikToker with more than a million followers, said that our city was like ‘a different world’.
He has previously been documenting his experiences of visiting London, including several vlogs about the British weather.
Over the course of two days spent up north, Adeib appeared baffled by the concepts of queueing, fairgrounds, and people being nice to each other.
His pair of heart-warming videos have amassed more than half-a-million views at the time of writing.
In the first instalment, Adeib films himself at Manchester Piccadilly, saying: “I’m in Manchester. It looks kind of the same except all the buses are free apparently.”
From his taxi, he adds: “Everyone is so much nicer here, I can already tell.”
He then takes a trip to ‘Trafford Mall’, where his visit to the cruise ship-inspired food court The Orient prompts him to say: “This mall has the most Vegas vibes ever. Like ever.”
On his second TikTok vlog, he praises Manchester for being ‘so pretty’ while walking through Chinatown, and says we have our ‘own Big Ben’ in the Kimpton Clocktower.
Adeib and his friends tried to go for afternoon tea at an undisclosed location, but were turned away for not booking 24 hours in advance (‘very pretentious’, he says) and end up visiting a local Costa instead.
He then documents his trip to a fairground, where everything about the experience seems to delight and confuse him.
He says: “So guess who’s at a carnival! So it’s not a carnival, it’s a parking lot.
“There’s a child running the stands. I’m very confused.
“Moral of the story, check where the funfair is, it could be a parking lot that isn’t a real funfair.”
Fairground disappointment aside, he does concede: “You know what, Manny is a 10 out of 10, d’you know what I mean.”
He later says, on a visit to Dog Bowl: “To save the day I decided to go bowling. Bowling is not available. It’s fine,” before heading to Nando’s.
Once safely back in London, he updated his followers with this: “Manchester was like a different world. Everyone is much nicer, like genuinely out-of-their-way nice, which is bizarre.
“Literally nothing went right in Manchester. I was there for like a day and a half, I almost got deported. Let’s just not get into it.