Woman quoted £1,000 for new kitchen floor transforms it herself for just £100

The dark tiled floor Charlie-Anne had inherited when she bought the home (Image: Charlie-Anne Bradburn/LatestDeals.co.uk)

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A homeowner who was quoted £1,000 for a new kitchen floor ditched the professionals and transformed it herself using just a couple of tins of paint and a stencil.

Charlie-Anne Bradburn, from Nuneaton, says when she bought the house the kitchen was "outdated and falling apart" and wasted no time in starting work to give it a much-needed update.

She said she wanted to create a "modern vintage style look with a touch of quirkiness", adding new cabinets, wall tiles, and an over-the-sink drainer.

When it came to the floor, the 23-year-old says the dark tiles she had inherited were "ready for the bin", but found replacing them would be costly as workers said the floor would also need re-leveling.

Charlie-Anne did all the work herself
(Image: Charlie-Anne Bradburn/LatestDeals.co.uk)

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Determined to find a more budget-friendly solution, Charlie-Anne stumbled across a fan group of Dizzy Duck Designs, giving top tips on using the company's stencils to revamp tiling and walls around the house.

She spent about £100 on her floor makeover kit, knocking £900 off the quote price, and got to work.

How she spent the £100

  • Morello Tile Stencil from Dizzy Duck Designs – £37.98 for two
  • Dazzle Me! paint from Frenchic for the base layer – £17.95

  • Swanky Pants paint from Frenchic for the stencil design – £17.95

  • Polyvine Heavy Duty Extreme Dead Flat Varnish – £28.58 + VAT for one litre

She told LatestDeals : "Firstly, I filled-in all the chips in the tiles with some grout that I sourced from a family friend for free. It was nothing special and I winged this part to be completely honest but it worked out fine.

The results are incredible
(Image: Charlie-Anne Bradburn/LatestDeals.co.uk)

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"The next day I sanded down the filled parts to give it a smooth finish and even it out. I then deep cleaned the whole floor, including the grout, with sugar soup using a scrubbing brush to ensure I had a clean surface to work from.

"Once this step was complete, I lightly sanded down the entire floor again to help prepare it for the paint."

Charlie-Anne added four coats of Dazzle Me! paint, leaving two hours in between each to allow it to dry, and then got to work on the stencilling two days later.

"The hardest part was cleaning the stencils between applications," she said. "This should be done after every third or fourth time it’s used so there isn't any paint build-up. This helps to keep the design nice and crisp and prevents any bleeding."

It saved her £900
(Image: Charlie-Anne Bradburn/LatestDeals.co.uk)

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It went smoothly and Charlie-Anne left it for two weeks before sealing it with the varnish to protect it.

She was delighted with the results, adding: "I'm so pleased that I chose to do this. Frenchic paint is fabulous. It’s proving to be very hardwearing.

"I applied three coats of varnish and so far – three weeks later – I’ve had no chips, even though I've accidentally dropped pans and all sorts on it.

"My top tip would be to just be patient and enjoy the process – it's totally worth the end results.

"I wanted to elevate the room and the floor did just that. It has saved me a fortune and it only took me seven days, doing it little-by-little with amazing results."

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