I didn’t want to fork out £300 on bin storage so built my own for hardly anything… people always think it was a pro job | The Sun

A DIY pro has revealed how she made her own bin storage after being quoted £300 for the job – and people can’t believe it wasn’t a professional job.

Jen shared that she used leftover wooden palettes for the base, and then decorated it using bargain paint from Wilko. 

Known online as @jenshomejournal, the savvy homeowner regularly shares DIY hacks and gardening hacks with her 198,800 followers. 

In a new TikTok video, she explained how went about turning three palettes into her expensive-looking storage cupboard.  

She said: “Firstly I pulled the back off one of the palettes, then cut the other two to remove the sides and back as well. 

“I wanted to keep the front structure as much as possible, then continued on to sanding everything down. 


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“Using wood screws and corner braces, I then attached the front to the side of my shed. 

“This allowed me to attach the next bit of wood to the side of the shed which would act as the support structure for the top. 

“The top was the two palettes I had cut down earlier which meant they were already secured through the middle. 

“After securing the top into the back, it was time to measure up and cut off the excess wood. 

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“Finally I attached underneath and the last leg to support the front of the structure. 

“Then I painted in Coastal Cliff by Wilko, and here’s the result.”

Below the video, she added: “Please be nice! I’m no expert, this is my first attempt at something like this and I thoroughly enjoyed this project! 

“I know it’s not perfect but I made it by myself and I’m pretty damn proud of it!”

Keen DIY fans can pick up wood palettes from various retailers, including eBay, with prices starting at just £2. 

Jen’s paint of choice, the Wilko Garden Colour Coastal Cliff Exterior Paint, will set shoppers back just £12, and wood screws start at £2 for a pack of 10. 

Fans loved her crafty tutorial, with the video gaining more than 24,500 likes and 865,200 views. 

In the comments, TikTok users shared their reactions, with one writing: “This looks so lovely, well done, amazing work.”

“Fantastic little project. As a 53-year-old dad to three girls & a lad, it’s great to see a young lady who isn’t afraid of doing it herself,” added another.

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A third commented: “A fellow female DIYer here, you did amazing!”

“U done a good thing there, it’s great,” someone else put. 

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