Sarah King and her husband Toby were stunned to find a secret room hidden behind a wall in their home but they’ve since transformed the space into their dream bar area
When it comes to our own homes, you would assume we know them pretty well, after all we spend the majority of our time there.
But one couple recently discovered a ‘secret’ room hidden behind a wall in their house.
Sarah King and her husband Toby were giving their property in Brighton a fresh lick of paint when they came across the faint outline of a doorway.
Sarah, 32, said: “We knew there was a void there, from the plans.
“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.”
However, while prepping and sanding the walls of their dining room, they came across the outline and had to know if there was anything more to the space.
With Sarah still furloughed but Toby out at work as a technical support engineer, she had some free time on her hands.
“He 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,” she explained.
“I just did a tiny bit then sent a photo to Toby – he was replying and happy for me to discover more.
“As I uncovered the lintel, I realised that it was not resting on the breeze blocks that were blocking the door. They weren’t supporting anything above.
“Throughout the process, I was sending updates to Toby, who was cheering me on and friends and family too, who were getting excited to see what I would find in there!”
Sarah, who has recently launched her own interior design business, managed to chip through the wall and knew there was a room there, but held back until Toby finished work.
Sarah said: “I waited until Toby was home to make the final hit to smash down the breeze blocks – in case something was staring back at me!
“It was a tiny room with just a pull-out shelf/desk, some knee pads and a car battery.
“It had electricity to it and believe it or not, hardly any cobwebs and thankfully no spiders.”
Once they found the room, the couple decided it was the perfect space for a bar area to entertain guests, as it sits just off their dining room.
So they have transformed it into their dream bar for just £45, mainly using materials they already had at home.
The pair had just started work on renovating their dining room and decided to use the same paint in the bar.
They then made cupboards for the wall with leftover wood they had from another project and also made a bar top from offcuts and wrapped it in marble effect vinyl.
They added new handles to the cabinets and stuck mirror stickers to the back of the bar area to create a “mottled glass look”.
To finish the whole thing off they managed to nab some glass shelves from Facebook Market place for free – bargain!
Sarah added: “We love it! We are so pleased with it and we love the story behind it of uncovering the space.”