I hated my bog-standard patio that looked the same as my neighbours so transformed it for £50 and it looks so good | The Sun

A SAVVY homeowner has revealed how she gave her bog-standard patio a budget makeover – and people are obsessed with the finished result. 

Beth Barlow shared a step-by-step tutorial on how she transformed her garden using just a £6 stencil and some paint. 

Known online as @homebirdbeth, the content creator regularly shares home hacks and DIY tips with her 1,100 followers. 

During the 27-second TikTok reel, Beth showed what her patio looked like before, with discoloured beige panels and overgrown grass filling the small rectangular space. 

The DIY pro began by cleaning each paving stone, before covering them all in grey masonry paint. 

After a thick layer, she used white paint, a kitchen sponge, and a bargain stencil to create a mosaic print on every other one. 


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Fans loved her budget transformation, with the video gaining more than 4,800 likes and 186,300 views. 

Below the video, she added: “I used the Dulux Weathershield masonry paint in concrete grey and then just a white masonry paint for the stencil pattern! I haven’t sealed it yet.”

Keen DIYers can pick this up from various retailers, including Homebase, with prices starting at just £20. 

She also revealed that she bought the stencil on Amazon, with similar styles priced at as little as £6.60. 

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In the comments, DIY fans shared their reactions, with one writing: “Really jazzes up a otherwise small dull space good on ya.”

“No way that looks awesome fair play,” commented another. 

A third added: “Absolutely brilliant so clean and bright well done.”

Although not all were impressed, with some suggesting her chosen colour was a little dated. 

Someone else put: “Why’s everyone doing grey it’s so out now.”

“Won’t last one frosty winter been a painter 31 year trust me,” suggested another. 

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