DIY newbie quoted £450 to update stairs does it herself for £120

DIY is a great way to update your home, but unfortunately many people aren’t confident enough to try it and so shell out hefty sums for professional work.

Luckily, one woman has shown that anyone can do a great job with some time and effort.

Danielle Duvall was quoted a shocking £450 to paint the walls and ceiling in her hallway even though she was providing the paint.

The 40-year-old, from Nottingham, told “I told him that I would supply the paint and that I was going to do all the woodwork myself but I got quoted £450 for it to be done.

"Which is a lot of money and I just don't have it to hand out like that, so I decided to just get on with it myself with help from a friend.

"After browsing eBay for floor and stair tiles I came across stair risers, which looked different but nice.

She said: “So I thought I would buy some and see how they would go."

She continued: "I did have carpet on my stairs but it started to come away as my stairway is so cold, the carpet wouldn't stay down.

“Plus it was a nightmare to keep the stairs clean after people would come in and out.

"I have always used magnolia or white gloss where I’ve lived, but the woodwork always seems to change to a dirty yellow colour after a while or just looks dirty all the time, so I decided to have a change and wanted to do the place cream and light grey throughout.”

And, doing the job herself paid off, as Danielle spent just £120 on the entire hallway.

This included 2.5 litres of Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt paint in Pebble Grey for £46.07 from Designer Paints, and five litres of Dulux Luxurious Ivory Lace Silk Emulsion paint from Wickes for £26.

Plus, from eBay, Danielle bought one litre of SupaDec Industrial Floor Paint in light grey for £13.65, and a pack of 3D DIY Stair Riser stickers for £27.25.

Finally, she got her floor tiles from Studio in the shade Sillia Black, which cost £5.99 for a pack of 11.

She added: "The walls and ceilings were painted first, then I did all the woodwork.

“That involved scrubbing all the stairs clean of paint, then filling in two stair tiles that were broken with grip fill."

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Danielle continued: “After that, for four nights in a row, I applied one layer of tile paint on all the steps.

"Once that was all done, I laid the floor tiles down, which took just over an hour. Then I measured the stair risers and trimmed them down before applying them to each step.

“There were plenty of challenges along the way, such as covering up paint mistakes and cleaning the dirt off the stairs and woodwork (the people who lived here before me didn't clean much!)

"I also had to be mindful of dust trapped inside gaps and holes, and there were lots of marks and imperfections on the walls which made the painting more difficult.

"If I had to do it all again I would definitely give myself more time to get it done, as I feel like I could have done a better job of it. I’m happy with it now it’s done though."

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