When Holly Windsor, 25, was made redundant from her job as a data analyst due to coronavirus, she decided to dedicate her time in lockdown to renovating the home she shares with her partner Alex and rescue Border Collie, Patch, in Gillingham, Kent.
But it was important to keep costs down – so Holly had to get creative.
One change on her list was to say goodbye to the scuffed kitchen floor that clashed with her Mrs Hinch-esque grey 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, who shares her home on Instagram, 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.’
Rather than shelling out for new flooring, Holly bought a two-litre tub of V33 Renovation Floor & Stairs Paint in Loft Grey Satin, which can be used on top of laminate flooring.
For just £36, she was able to cover the entire kitchen floor – around 10 square metres – with two coats of paint.
She then added tape around the skirting boards, units, and island.
The end result looks like an entirely new floor, and Holly is overjoyed.
She said: ‘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. 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.’
Holly recommends the hack – which cost just £45 in total – to anyone keen to give their interiors a refresh with minimal effort.
‘My tip for people who want to do the same is to just go for it – you won’t regret it,’ said Holly. ‘It’s simple, cheap, and hardwearing.’
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