Lady saves £450 on decking by transforming patio with floor cleaner & stencil

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A DIY lover has transformed her grubby patio using just a £1.50 floor cleaner and stencil from Amazon.

Viv Wilks, 50, wanted to upgrade her patio, but was quoted £500 for decking.

So she decided to do the job herself using floor cleaner and a stencil from Amazon.

The project cost just £38 and only took her three hours to complete.

Viv, from Derby, said: "Our old grubby concrete patio tiles needed changing.

"We considered decking, but the quote wasn’t what we wanted."

Continuing to chat to money-saving community, she added: "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 she working from home, Viv spent the next few days completing the project.

She added: "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, as she said: "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 with the stencil.

She commented: "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."

Viv said she found the project "easy to do", adding: "I don’t feel there were any tricky bits! I love DIY so I thoroughly enjoyed the experience."

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Tom Church, co-founder of, 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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