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Dab-Hand DIYer Gets a New-Look Kitchen Floor With a £45 Hack

November 9, 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Budget reno fan Holly Windsor got to work with floor-soap, Frogtape and laminate paint from B&Q
  • It took just one day to turn the wood-effect laminate into a modern marvel
  • The paint “covered so easily” and was “a fraction of the cost” compared to splashing out on tiles

When Holly Windsor, 25, was made redundant from her job as a data analyst due to Covid-19, she started channelling her energy into renovating the home she shares with her partner Alex and rescue Border Collie Patch in Gillingham, Kent.

After smashing a number of other budget upgrades during lockdown, which she showcases on her Instagram account, it was time to wave goodbye to the scuffed kitchen floor that clashed with her Hinch-worthy colour scheme.

“We had been discussing changing our laminate kitchen floor since we got the keys to our house in March 2018 but, due to being on a tight budget, we couldn’t afford to replace it with tiles just yet,” Holly told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk. “We got a couple of quotes for tiling, which varied from £600 to £1,000.

“We were shopping for wall paint in our local B&Q when we came across some paint that could be used on laminate, so we thought we’d give it a go.”

Holly bought a two-litre tub of V33 Renovation Floor & Stairs paint in Loft Grey Satin for £36, which was enough to cover the entire kitchen floor (approximately 10m²) with two coats of paint.

“Before we started, Alex and I cleaned any grease and dirt off of the floor with Diall liquid sugar soap [£4.17, also from B&Q]. Once the floor was dry, we placed Frogtape [£4.97] around the skirting boards, units and island. We began filling in the edges using a paintbrush, and then painted the rest of the floor with a roller.

“It covered so easily,” Holly says. “It took us around an hour to apply the first coat, which we left to dry for three hours. Next, we added a second coat, which needed a full 24 hours to dry properly.

“We’re extremely happy with the end result, it looks like a brand new floor for a fraction of the cost. All the scuffs and scratches from the previous owners are now completely disguised,” she enthuses. “My tip for people who want to do the same is to just go for it – you won’t regret it. It’s simple, cheap, and hardwearing.”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “It’s amazing what you can do with a tin of paint and a little imagination. If you’re stuck with a laminate floor you don’t like, you can easily update the colour with specialist paint. Plus, you can save hundreds compared to retiling."

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