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Savvy Woman Saves Over £450 On Patio Makeover With £1.50 Floor Cleaner

22 April 2021, 4:00 pm
  • Viv, 50, wanted to upgrade her patio but the decking quote was £500
  • She decided to do it herself using floor cleaner and a stencil from Amazon
  • The project cost £38 and only took her three hours to complete

After being given a quote of £500 to do the decking on her back garden, one savvy woman decided to save over £450 by giving her patio tiles a budget friendly makeover.

Viv Wilks, 50, from Derby, wanted to give her patio an upgrade. ‘Our old grubby concrete patio tiles needed changing,’ she told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk. ‘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. ‘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. ‘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. ‘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.’

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: ‘Viv’s patio makeover is stunning and proof that you don’t need to get a professional in every time you want to upgrade.

‘Using everyday floor cleaner and some tester paint pots from B&Q can save you hundreds when you’re giving your garden an upgrade, as we can so clearly see here.

‘Amazon is a great place for finding all kinds of stencils - I also go to my local Hobbycraft when I’m seeking inspiration for my next project as there are plenty of options to choose from!’

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juliepixiela year ago

looks fabulous ,well done ,just gave me some ideas for my garden,thank you.

peeceea year ago

Excellent article, I'm going to share this with my sister who's looking at ways to cheer her patio slabs up. Well done, Viv!

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