‘An hour’s work’: DIY mum revamps antique door for just £13 – ‘looked as good as new’

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Solid wood doors are typically more expensive because they are made from heavyweight wood. This means they can be expensive to replace as well as hard to dispose of. Samantha Francois, who is a nurse from London, saved over £200 on her door with her little DIY hack.

Samantha spoke exclusively to big sale marketplace LovetheSales.com to share her money-saving experience.

She said: “My 1930s antique solid wood door would be so expensive to replace and would be difficult to find, my hack has brought new life to it and my home.

“My husband and I had just moved and are renovating, but whilst on maternity leave (I’m a nurse) with a two year old and four month old baby, I’m trying to do as much low-cost DIY as possible.

“I chose to use D-C-Fix vinyl as an alternative to purchasing a new door, as I did not have time to find a door with the correct measurements. 

“Although when looking online, antique doors were selling for prices over £200!

“They are original 1930’s doors.”

This meant that Samantha wanted to keep them in her home.

She added: “Instead of forking out a big sum, I just cleaned the door down with a normal household cleaner and fried it.

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“Whilst the door was standing upright, I removed the backing to the D-C-Fix vinyl, which was just £10 from B&Q, and fixed it onto the door using a kit, which was £3 from B&Q.

“I used the kit to smooth the vinyl against the door, this helps squeeze out any of the bubbles to achieve a professional finish. Pro-tip, a small pin can also be used to pop any bubbles.”

Samantha explained that she then used a hairdryer to heat the vinyl.

She added: “Using a towel, I gently pressed the vinyl into the recesses and smoothed it out with the towel.

“I then smoothed the vinyl over the edges of the door and used the craft knife in the D-C-Fix kit to cut the excess off.

“And that was it! In just over an hour’s work, the door looked as good as new.”

The DIY mum received “overwhelming” responses from her friends and family, commenting on her brand new door.

Samantha added: “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience, it’s to never throw away your antique goods.

“Vintage products, especially wooden ones, were made to last, so try to invent any product you can before thinking about replacing them for a new version.”

She managed to save over £200 by doing it herself.

Stuart McClure, co-founder of LovetheSales.com, commented: “It’s great to hear people like Samantha give some TLC to their older products.

“Refurbishing or fixing up your own goods can save money in the long run and is more sustainable for the environment.”

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