Couple quoted £3,000 for light feature wall build it themselves for £270

Couple quoted £3,000 for light feature wall build it themselves for £270

August 3, 2020

Sujitha Uppalapati, 29, and her husband Siddhartha, 29, fell in love with a feature wall idea on Pinterest – but when they asked a builder about creating the wall, they were told it would cost $4,200 (£3,230).

Instead, the pair, from Austin, Texas, decided to make it themselves and the completed it for just $350 (£270).

Sujitha told money-saving community ‘Both of us are travel lovers and due to the current quarantine situation, our plans for the year are stalled. 

‘So we decided to hammer our time into one of our other passions, which is DIY. We have done some other DIY work since the whole pandemic situation started too. 

‘But this time, we wanted to take it a step further.

‘Pinterest is one of the most-used apps on my phone and one day when I was scrolling through, I came across a blog on a grey themed apartment in Ukraine.

‘I noticed a wall with some lights in the background of one of the pictures, and it immediately caught my attention. I liked it a lot and thought would be so cool to have in our home. 

‘I saved a picture of it and reached out to local businesses who do feature walls to get a quote. 

‘While most of them never got back to me, one business did, and they asked for $4,200 (£3,230) including materials and labour. 

‘We were not sure if we wanted to put such a whopping amount of money on a feature wall, however, we still wanted to have it.’

After a brainstorm, they figured out how to make it themselves instead.

Sujitha added: ‘We drew a layout, came up with an implementation plan, listed down the materials required and did some cost calculations. 

‘At first glance, it seemed not too bad and I convinced my husband into trying it out ourselves. 

‘We chose the wall in our breakfast nook because it’s more visible.’

They started off by buying wood and cutting it to the sizes in their plan.

They then sanded it down, drilled holes for the LED bulbs and did the electrical wiring.

Sujitha said: ‘The challenging part was mounting everything onto the wall and finishing up all the wiring stuff. 

‘Once all that was done, we painted the wood in two colours: charcoal grey and a wood colour.

‘We connected the wire to a nearby outlet using a smart switch so that we can operate it with our phone or ask Alexa to do it for us.’

Sujitha is delighted with her lockdown project, which ended up costing her less than $350 (£270) as opposed to the thousands she had been quoted.

‘The result is so rewarding, and we have got a lot of compliments from everyone,’ she added.

‘We really feel proud of ourselves whenever we look at it. This whole project cost us less than $350 (£270) but definitely looks worth much more.

‘My tips to anyone who would like to try something similar is firstly don’t be scared to try out something yourselves, but always have a backup plan if things go south.

‘If you are not comfortable with electrical wirings, be in touch with someone who is good with it.

‘We personally loved making it as it helped us to be engaged during weekends for a while. 

‘We never got bored or complained about being at home during this quarantine phase because of these DIY projects.

‘For anyone who would like to see how we did this and other DIY projects in detail, my YouTube channel is Suji’s DIY corner!’

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