28-year-old Charlotte Greedy runs an Instagram account detailing her home improvement journey and tips, so it’s only natural she spends time looking for the newest trends and products.
It was during one of her inspiration hunts that she found a front door she loved. The only problem was that it cost a whopping £850.
The sage green door caught the mum-of-two’s eye, but she realised that it was something she could recreate for herself.
So, Charlotte did just that, and ended up sprucing up the front of her house for a tiny £30 – saving £820 on if she’d bought the new door (not including fitting).
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.’
To clean the door, she used Stardrops Pink Stuff and a Minky window cloth. This gets the UPVC completely spotless so the paint doesn’t go on top of any dirt or debris.
She also lightly sanded the door to help the paint stick, and used frog tape rather than duct tape, which helps avoid peeling paint.
According to Charlotte, ‘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!’
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