DIY fanatic who was quoted £3k for her dream fitted wardrobes does it herself and saves thousands

A HAIRDRESSER turned to DIY after being put on furlough during the pandemic and wants to inspire other women to do the same.

Lauren McNab, from Leicestershire, kickstarted her new hobby last March and completely turned her year around.

She’s hoping that by showing off her DIY skills to others, it will inspire other women can do the same for a fraction of the price.

Lauren and her boyfriend Joshua were quoted a massive £3,000 to have built-in wardrobes installed.

So she took matters into her own hands.

The 29-year-old had turned her hand to a number of projects in the past, including building a pergola, laying down carpets and fitting laminate flooring, and so she decided to rekindle for love for DIY and make the wardrobes herself.

Lauren watched YouTube videos of people building wardrobes from scratch for inspiration and tips, before drawing up ideas for her own.

However, she admits the carefully-laid plan went out the window as soon as she started the project.

She said: "I just thought, 'let's build a basic frame and see where we end up.’”

Doing the work over three weekends, it cost Lauren just £266 – a fraction of the original price.

Lauren managed to source the wardrobe doors from Facebook Marketplace for free from a woman who had ripped hers out and was desperate to get rid of them.

She then watched YouTube videos of people building wardrobes from scratch for inspiration and tips, before drawing up ideas for her own.

The hairdresser said: "I started off by putting together a basic frame out of stud timber and fixing MDF panels that had been cut to size to the front to make a fascia.

"I then fixed it to the wall with brackets and strong screws and once the basic shape was there, I added the missing hinges to the doors and positioned them with help from my partner.

"After that, I re-evaluated what else they needed to look finished and so bought some pine mouldings, which I fixed on with nails and adhesive.

“Finally, I filled the holes and gaps with filler and sanded them down until smooth before finishing off with the paint.”

Lauren used a drill and impact driver, both of which were gifted to her by her grandad and dad, whom she credits for teaching her some epic DIY skills.

She said: "I owe everything I know to him [my dad], he's so talented, he can do anything!”

Lauren also revealed that she inherited a collection of tools from her grandad after he passed away last April.

She said without these gifts, there’s no way she would’ve been able to complete the project.

Revealing that she is a self-confessed perfectionist, Lauren plans on making a few minor adjustments in the future.

She said: "They're not perfect and I must have used about ten tubes of filler hiding my dodgy sawing skills but I'm a hairdresser by trade, not a carpenter."

The whole project costed just a fraction of the price she was quoted, coming to a total of £266 – saving a whopping £2,750.

She shared photos of the finished result – two incredibly stylish and large white wardrobes – on Facebook, where the post has since racked up 14,000 likes and over 1,400 comments.

Her handywork amazed thousands of people, who complimented her savvy DIY skills.

One Facebook user commented: "They look fantastic…Where there's a will there's a way… Well done."

Another person was so impressed by Lauren's DIY skills, they suggested she switch careers, adding: "You should take up joinery, you seem to have a flair for it, looks bloody amazing."

And another person said: "You've done a brilliant job and I love the way it has solved the off-centre chimney breast. Well done."

Lauren has been left blown away by the responses she received on Facebook and she hopes it will inspire other women to take on DIY.

She added: "The comments were so uplifting.

"I haven't posted anything before but as someone who has experienced sexism in the past, I wanted to empower other women.

“I was denied a higher paying role on a farm previously because 'I wasn't as strong as the men', although perfectly capable of the job in question!”

Lauren’s DIY shopping list

  • MDF from local timber merchant -£100
  • Timber from Wickes – £40
  • Filler from Wilkos – £1
  • Caulk from Wickes – £2
  • Screws from Ebay – £10
  • Handles from Amazon – £10
  • Paint from Frenchic Direct £26
  • Brackets from Wickes – £5
  • Hinges from Ebay – £20
  • Mouldings from Wickes – £52


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