A savvy mother of two has revealed how she turned her empty courtyard into a stylish boho-chic patio.
Nicola French, 38, of London, told LatestDeals.co.uk that she used stencil and paint to create the “relaxing outdoor area” for just £ 116 – and completed the entire project by hand.
The single mother who works as a lunchtime carer at a special school said She had always liked the bohemian and Moroccan styles and with Lockdown built a terrace that would combine the two.
She added that using a £ 37 stencil and £ 3.50 stencil brush took three days and was much cheaper than buying new tile.
Nicola French, 38, from London told LatestDeals.co.uk how she used a stencil to create the 'relaxing outdoor area' for just £ 116 – and completed the entire project by hand (the courtyard before).
The terrace now with bohemian and Moroccan inspired influences. Nicola said she always liked the two styles and wanted to bring them together
“I've always been into boho chic and Moroccan style, so I thought I'd try combining both,” she explained.
“The first thing I did was jet wash the deck, remove dirt, and let it dry.
"Then I painted the terrace tiles by hand with a large brush and the white wall paint, waited for them to dry, applied a second layer, and then placed the stencil in my starting place."
Nicola went on to emphasize the importance of masking the stencil with tape to hold it in place – and says it started from the corner of their alley.
Nicola (picture), a single mother who works as a lunchtime carer in a special school in London, prides itself on her hard work
& # 39; I took a bit of the black wall paint, a piece of cardboard to remove excess paint from the stencil brush, and a stencil brush in one stabbing motion, applied the paint to the stencil and filled in the pattern, then removed the stencil. & # 39; She continued.
I matched the pattern from my stencil to the next tile and repeated the process.
She advised making sure the stencil brush was dry to avoid bleeding the paint.
"When you're done and the patio is dry, use a brush to apply a clear paint sealant to seal in the paint and protect it from scuffing," she added.
The handyman used white and black brick wall paint and used the stencil and brush to create the pattern
It took three days of painstaking work to finish the decking floor. Nicola also used a patio sealer that was bought on eBay for £ 30
The mother of two adorned the corner of the terrace with a selection of flowers and sculptures
Nicola had bought and stored furniture before renovating her courtyard (picture)
Nicola shared how she ordered all of her materials online during the lockdown.
What materials did Nicola use?
– White and black Sandtex wall paint from B&Q – £ 46
– The stencil from Dizzy Duck Designs – £ 37
– Amazon stencil brush – £ 3.50
– Patio Sealer from eBay – £ 30
– Furniture: bought over time
"The paint brand is Sandtex, but you can use any color of the wall. The cost of B&Q black and white paint is £ 46," she said.
& # 39; The stencil was £ 37 from Dizzy Duck Designs, the stencil brush was £ 3.50 from Amazon and the patio sealer was £ 30 from eBay.
“I already had Next garden furniture, Etsy cushions, Wayfair Buddhas and eBay table lamps when I built the collection over time.
& # 39; It worked for a brand new patio at £ 116 – a lot cheaper than new tile.
Nicola added that she loved the stunning transformation of her patio – and said that despite the challenges of the project, she really enjoyed the process.
"As a family we have some challenges," added Nicola.
& # 39; My son has severe autism. I also have a daughter and I am a single parent. So the garden really helped create a beautiful space that we can all enjoy.
A closer look at Nicolas' professional looking terrace floor. The stencil pattern makes it look like tiles
Nicola said she and her two children loved the "relaxing outside area". Nicola added the project kept her sane during the lockdown
Nicola is furnished with two round outdoor sofas and items from several online stores that have been collected over time
She said she took on the project herself and it helped her. & # 39;Stay healthy during lockdown and just have something to work on and make beautiful in a time of uncertainty. & # 39;
"It took three days to paint and stencil, but it was one-handed – obviously if you can get other people to help it would be a faster process," she added.
“I really enjoyed every moment. Yes, it was groundbreaking work, but it was so worth it. The kids and I love it!
"Anyone could create something like this – you don't have to be DIY-oriented! Just brave."
Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk commented: "Nicolas Terrasse looks like it disappeared straight from the pages of an interior magazine – it's amazing to think it was only £ 116.
"There are tons of online tutorials on YouTube and Instagram for you to copy this type of look. As Nicola says, you don't have to be a DIY pro. Just be brave and take the time to try it out."
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