DIY is a great way to improve the look of your home and possibly add value to it.
Plus, if you’re still on furlough it’s a fab way to fill your time productively.
But, with many of us facing months of financial insecurity it’s not the best time to splash out on expensive materials.
Luckily, some Brits are proving that you can give your home a makeover on a small budget.
Vivienne Bowerbank, 37, a mum-of-two and emergency services worker, decided to use a series of two-week quarantine period to update her house.
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She gave her kitchen, front door and hallway a stylish new look using £19 tins of Frenchic paint.
Vivienne, from Liverpool, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : “My sister had told me about a paint called Frenchic which had no smell and is non-toxic, which you could paint over virtually anything.
“We had to isolate for two weeks a few days prior to lockdown in March as a child from my toddler's nursery had confirmed Covid-19.
"So I ordered the paint from Frenchic online and painted all of my kitchen units and used Fablon for my worktops.”
She added: “The Frenchic paint was in Swanky Pants and Dazzle Me.
“Each 750ml tin is approximately £19.”
Vivienne posted some snaps of her kitchen on social media and received hundreds of likes.
She said: “It cost me less than £200 for a new kitchen basically. I then had the bug."
Vivienne continued: "We had a new porch built at the end of July so I also painted my front door in Frenchic Wise Old Sage.
“After seeing another Frenchic user achieve a floor stencilling, I wanted to attempt it on my hallway as it just had old chipped laminate flooring down.
"I figured if it turned out awful, I'd just buy some vinyl flooring instead."
The stencils was purchased from eBay for £8 and Vivienne bought some tins of Frenchic Blackjack from her local stockists.
The mum noted: “We went for our family holiday to Spain and as we were in the air on the way, the government changed the guidelines so we would have to quarantine on our return.
“Perfect time to start the stencilling!”
Vivienne stencilled she her toddler went down from his nap.
She painted the floor in some leftover Swanky Pants with a roller and when dry painted Blackjack over the stencil with a brush.
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Vivienne also posted her stencil makeover on social media, where she racked up a massive 4,400 likes.
She’s delighted with her new interiors.
The mum added: “I could have opted for vinyl flooring which was going to cost me around £100 plus labour, but it cost me just my time and £19 to complete my floor.
“My kitchen cost under £250, including two tubs of Frenchic paint, brushes, plants, a rug, a wine rack to hide the boiler and worktop Fablon from ebay, but if I had bought new worktops it would have been in excess of £250 alone.”
That’s an impressive saving!
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