Woman transforms matte gray kitchen for £50 using eBay stencil and paint

Fahmida Khatun has completely changed the look of her kitchen floor for under £50 by using a cheap eBay stencil to paint a pattern on her tiles. It now looks like a whole new room

Fahmida Khatun was fed up with her kitchen floor
Fahmida Khatun was fed up with her kitchen floor

If you’re bored in your kitchen, there are ways to spruce up your space without spending a fortune.

One mum managed to completely transform the look of her kitchen floor for less than £50 by using a cheap eBay stencil to paint a pattern on her tiles.

Fahmida Khatun, 33, a stay-at-home mother of two from London, says she “always” disliked her kitchen floor and wanted to freshen it up.

She saw that other social media users had found cheap ways to renovate their home and decided to try it too.

By painting a pattern onto the tiles, Fahmida saved the expensive cost of retiling.

This is what the kitchen looked like before…


…and how it looks now


Fahmida, who used Frenchie paint for the DIY job, told money-saving Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK: “I started following Frenchic on social media and I saw other followers painting their floors, so i wanted to make mine.

“I checked out the site for inspiration and after doing some research decided to keep going.

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“I chose Frenchic Al Fresco Swanky Pants for the base and Frenchic Lazy Range Whitey White for the stencil.”

Fahmida first prepped the kitchen floor with sugar soap and a sponge before wiping it clean and letting it dry.

She then applied a coat of Swanky Pants, let it dry for two hours, and then applied another coat. Fahmida made a total of three coats and then went on to Stelling the next evening.

The stencil that Fahmida uses on the tiles


Fahmida is delighted with the end result


“I put the stencil on top and applied it lightly with a roller,” she said.

“Because it was a very thin layer, it dried very quickly and I did the next one and so on.

“It took me about two hours to finish the entire floor.

“Then I let it dry completely and painted the floor the next day in four coats, allowing two to three hours to dry in between.”

Fahmida used two tubs of French paint £13 each, rollers £2, sponge £1, stencil from ebay £14, sugar soap £1 and varnish from Wilko £5.25.

The total cost was £49.25.

“I’m very happy with how it turned out and made a huge difference to my kitchen floor,” she said.

“I managed to do it all for £50 and it feels great. It made a big difference.”

Tom Church, co-founder of said: “When we change kitchen floors many of us immediately assume that we have to do the expensive retiling work.

“However, Fahmida’s brilliant work shows how much money you can save by making it yourself with a little paint and a handy stencil.”

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