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Woman Unveils Incredible £65 Stairway Transformation

Woman Unveils Incredible £65 Stairway Transformation

Pinterest and Instagram have long proved to be the source for many of our interior inspo nowadays - but their usually expensive influence can (and often) leave us out of pocket.

However, one DIY enthusiast has left social media users in awe after she transformed her staircase for only £65.

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You read that correctly: £65 for the whole project.

Credit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains
Credit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains

Super-savvy Nicole Kelly from Southampton was flooded with thousands of compliments after she posted images of her handiwork on money-saving Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains Group UK last week.

The mother-of-three accompanied the pictures with a description of how she managed the interior feat: "My £65 staircase. Had to lift my old carpet (three kids and a dog so it didn't last long) but it was too expensive to replace the carpet and pay a fitter, so I did this myself instead.

"It's so much easier to clean now."

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Nicole pictured left, with her mother Elaine, son Ryan, father Gordon, husband Scott, daughters Quinn and Brooke. Credit: Nicole Kelly
Nicole pictured left, with her mother Elaine, son Ryan, father Gordon, husband Scott, daughters Quinn and Brooke. Credit: Nicole Kelly

Sharing details of the materials and method she used, Kelly told PRETTY 52 that while it was time-consuming, it was quite easily achieved with the help of some uber stylish vinyl sticker tiles from eBay.

She told us: "I lifted the carpet and underlay, removed the carpet grippers and a couple hundred staples and nails (this was the most time-consuming part).

"Then I hovered them, wiped them down, filled the holes and imperfections with Polyfiller and sanded the stairs using an orbital hand sander. Roughly 5 mins a stair and hovered again.

Continuing to discuss her process, Nicole explained that she used masking tape to protect the surrounding areas before she started painting.

Before the transformation. Credit: Nicole Kelly
Before the transformation. Credit: Nicole Kelly

She shared: "I painted two coats of floor paint, leaving roughly two days between coats to give the paint time to harden. Although the paint was touch dry after about 10 hours, it's best to keep the pets away if you have them for about three days, so block off the stairs if possible.

"Finally, I used the vinyl stickers on the stair risers. I cut them to size and although they were sticky, I still used some spray glue (which I already had at home) to ensure they stay on. Applying them can be a little fiddly but it's not difficult. You just need patience."

The finished project. Credit: Nicole Kelly
The finished project. Credit: Nicole Kelly

Adding the finishing touches, she placed transparent stair grips, which prevent any slipping, on each step.

Nicole said enthusiastically: "Not one person has slipped in the three weeks they have been painted because of the specialist non-slip floor paint and grips."

We must admit the finished article looked incredibly expensive and far more than the £65 she spent on transforming the staircase. We're in absolute awe of her ingenuity.

It's true, you really can get the look for less.

Featured Image Credit: Nicole Kelly

Topics: Stylish, Home, Style News, Real

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