A SAVVY woman has revealed how she transformed her patio using a miracle £1.50 cleaner, after being given a quote of £500 for it to be done professionally.
Viv Wilks, 50, from Derby, wanted to give the decking on her back garden an upgrade but on a budget – and she saved £450 by doing it herself.
Viv told LatestDeals.co.uk: “Our old grubby concrete patio tiles needed changing.
“We considered decking, but the quote wasn’t what we wanted.
“My partner said that he would have a go himself and we were going to price up the materials when I was inspired by a painted patio on Pinterest so I said I would have a go at that first!”
While working from home, Viv spent the next few days completing the project.
She added: “First I gave the patio a good cleaning with water, giving it a good scrub with my yard brush.
“I demossed and pulled up the grass from in between the tiles.
“I only used water and floor cleaner to scrub the tiles with my outside brush – Cif floor cleaner only cost me £1.50.”
Where there were gaps between the tiles, Viv used ready mixed cement from B&Q to fill them. Then it was time for painting.
She explained: “Once everything was clean and dry, I used B&Q Masonry paint in the colour Hudson on the tiles. I ensured each coat was dry before applying another one.
“I used a paint roller for the painting and would advise using a roller with an extension lead if you have a bad back.”
The next step involved Viv getting more creative.
She said: “Once the coats of paint were dry, I used a 30x30cm stencil from Amazon that cost £8.50 to create patterns on the tiles with a small tin of Cuprinol fence paint in the shade Dark Slate.
“You could get away with using a tester pot of Cuprinol or other waterproof paint to save even more money, depending on the size of your patio.
“After leaving the paint to dry for about an hour, I then sealed the patio with No Nonsense sealant from Screwfix, which cost £12.99.
“I did this to preserve it from spills and dirt. It provides a light glaze which you can clean easily.
“The total cost for my patio was £38, which is definitely budget friendly! What’s more, the entire process only took about three hours in total.
“I found the project easy to do – I don’t feel there were any tricky bits! I love DIY so I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
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