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Money-Saving Mum Who Saw Amazing £850 Door Online Copies It For Under £30

September 17, 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Charlotte Greedy, 28, spotted an amazing sage green door for £850 online
  • Instead of splurging, she decided to make it herself for under £30
  • Charlotte bought supplies at Frenchic, Amazon and B&Q

We’ve all fallen in love with something ridiculously pricey we’ve seen online.

And one mum is a pro at recreating the same for a fraction of the price at home.

Charlotte Greedy, 28, a mum-of-two from Pontyclun, Wales, fell in love with a sage green door she spotted online - but it cost a whopping £850.

Instead of forking out nearly a grand on the new door, she decided to transform her existing door herself.

Using Frenchic and B&Q paint and accessories from Amazon, she managed to get the same look for just £30, making a huge saving of £820.

Charlotte, who works in retail, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I saw a sage green door I loved on a website for £850 without fitting, and I thought ‘nah, I’m going to paint my own door’, as there was nothing wrong with it - it just needed a bit of jazzing up!

"I bought Frenchic Wise Old Sage paint that cost £17.99, some white masonry paint from B&Q for the front doorstep and walls around the door, a cheap sanding block and some frog tape.

"I also bought a lion head door knocker off Amazon for £14.99!

“I cleaned the door, lightly sanded it, then frog taped around the handle and letterbox.

“I did four light coats and left each coat to dry for a minimum of two hours.

“In total, the door paint and door knocker cost me under £30, so I now have a brand new door for under £30!

"The hardest bit was actually frog taping - I don’t have much patience so that was a nightmare for me.”

Charlotte, who shares her home improvement projects on Instagram at @missgreedyshome, was delighted with how the project turned out, and found it to be a real bargain compared to the door she had originally seen online.

"I absolutely love it - I’m super chuffed with how it's turned out,” she adds.

“I never expected it to be as nice as it is.

“After the first coat of paint was on I thought I was going to have to throw my door out it looked so bad, but just trust the process!

"Make sure to lightly sand down the door and wipe dry before painting, otherwise the paint won’t stick as well.

"Use frog tape not duct tape to cover the windows, letterbox and door handle - frog tape doesn’t peel the paint off with it - and make sure to wait at least two hours between coats! I did four thin coats.

"I also thoroughly cleaned my door beforehand with the Pink Stuff spray and a Minky glass cloth to make sure the door was super clean, otherwise you're painting onto dirt.

"It just feels so good achieving a new front door for such a small budget instead of the £850 I originally was going to pay. That will now go towards Christmas!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “The front door is the first thing people see when they come to your house, and as with everything in life, first impressions count!

“Charlotte’s given us all a masterclass in saving money here, spotting something close to a grand online - and making it herself at home for under £30!

“Do the same by following online tutorials on YouTube or Pinterest - best of all, they’re totally free!”

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