A COUPLE renovating their home discovered a secret room hidden behind a wall – and managed to give it a stunning transformation for just £45.
Sarah King, 32, and husband Toby, wanted to give their Brighton home a fresh lick of paint when they discovered a faint outline of a doorway, so they tore down to wall to reveal the extra space.
The couple knew the void was there based on the house plans, but once they began chipping away at the wall they were desperate to learn what it looked like.
Once they found the room, which sits just off the dining area, the couple decided it was the perfect space for a bar area – so they got to work transforming it for a tiny price.
"The other houses along the road have got a cupboard there (door in the exterior wall of the house into the small area in the outbuilding) but we had thought ours was completely bricked up, " said Sarah, who recently launched her own interior design business.
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"We were prepping and sanding the walls of the dining room, ready to paint. We took off some lining paper and sanded, which revealed a very faint outline of a doorway.
Sarah continued: "[Toby] went to work one day and I started chipping away the surface just to see if there was any way of finding out what was there.
"I just did a tiny bit then sent a photo to Toby – he was replying and happy for me to discover more."
When Toby arrived home they broke through the wall together and were met with a tiny room which had a pull-out shelf, some knee pads and a car battery.
"It had electricity to it and believe it or not, hardly any cobwebs and thankfully no spiders" Sarah said.
Then it was time to work out what they wanted to do with the space.
Sarah explained: "The most obvious thing would have been a cupboard but we already had storage for everything… and well we like to do things a little differently!
"We felt it was the ideal place to have a little bar and make the area more special when hosting guests."
Sarah and Toby managed to complete the mini-project for £45 by mainly using materials they already had.
We felt it was the ideal place to have a little bar and make the area more special when hosting guests/
The pair had just started work on their dining room transformation and decided to use the same paint in the bar.
Sarah said: "The teal paint colour block round the dining room continues into the bar and all walls and ceiling we painted in the bar are this colour.
"We made the cupboard from two that were either end under the breakfast bar before.
"We cut back the breakfast bar which made the space more usable and created an entrance to the bar.
"We hung the cupboards on the wall together in the bar, primed them and painted the same colour as the walls, then made a top from wood off cuts we had and wrapped with marble effect vinyl we had to make it look like a marble top.
"We bought some new handles for the doors to finish off.
"The mirrored back of the bar area were mirror stickers we bought as we wanted a mottled glass look.
"The glass shelves we got free on Facebook Marketplace from someone ripping out an old bathroom."
Now the work is finished, the couple are glad they investigated the secret space and are enjoying using their new bar.
Sarah added: "We love it! We are so pleased with it and we love the story behind it of uncovering the space."
- Paint- Valspar at B&Q – they already had it
- Marble effect vinyl wrap – from B&Q but they already had some leftover from their breakfast bar
- Mirror tiles – Amazon £15
- Door handles – Amazon £10
- Bar sign – Drift Room £20
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