Mum completely transforms wooden door for just £13 using B&Q items

By Phoebe Barton

A mum from London has transformed her antique wooden door for just £13 using a simple trick.

Instead of spending more than £200 to replace her 1930s solid door, Samantha Francois chose to revamp the door herself.

She bought the products she needed from B&Q which came to only £13.

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Speaking to LovetheSales.com, nurse Samantha 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 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!”

As the antique door is an original, Samantha wanted to keep it. She continued: “Instead of forking out a big sum, I just cleaned the door down with a normal household cleaner and dried it.

“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. A small pin can also be used to pop any bubbles.

Samantha's original 1930s door. (Lovethesales.com)

“Once all of the front of the door was covered, I then used a hairdryer to heat the vinyl that was over the recesses. 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.”

The door transformation took Samantha just over an hour. She said: “The door looked as good as new. I’ve had an overwhelming response from all my friends and family, commenting on how beautiful the door now looks.

“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 reinvent any product you can before thinking about replacing them for a new version.”

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