Gran transforms patio for just £44 in lockdown using simple trick

It seems lockdown is the perfect time for DIY jobs around the house and creative projects.

Coupled with the glorious sunshine, many people have used the opportunity to work on their back garden.

Like Tanya Knight, a 52-year-old mother of two and grandmother of one from Kent, who decided to transform her patio space on a budget.

She spent just £44 transforming her patio into a modern grey space, and received thousands of likes when she shared the photo online.

Tanya told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I’m a key worker and mother of a disabled son who I have been shielding since March. I have two protective bubbles for him as he needs 24-hour care.

“I find switching off difficult, so I set myself a project to transform the garden and patio.

“The patio idea came from Facebook groups and after I accidentally dropped paint on my patio. I sponged it and it had a lovely effect.

“I repointed the patio using cement and sand mix and washed. I painted the lot in Dulux masonry paint slate grey and went over the gaps twice for coverage.

“I then used black masonry paint, one part paint to 15 parts water, and sponged over, carefully avoiding the edges. For the darker bits, I used two parts paint to six parts water.

“I sponged and allow the sponge to run dry as this gives a great pattern. I then sealed to protect it.

“It cost £44 in total and I managed to get grey paint in lockdown. I got it delivered as I try not to shop due to the risk to my son.

“I paid £22 for the paint and the rest was spent on sealer, sponges and jugs for mixing black paint and water in.”

What’s more the project only took 10 hours and proved a good distraction in lockdown.

Tannya added: “I was amazed at how good it looked! After I painted the slabs light grey I was terrified. My husband said ‘you have to sort that out’.

“I was so relieved when I did phase three and could see the plan come together!

“The renovation has given me so much joy in such a bleak time. I hope it will help others transform their patios on a budget.”

Co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, Tom Church, said: “I’ve really enjoyed reading about so many amazing patio transformations during the lockdown, and Tanya’s is one of my favourites!

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