We were quoted £8k for new windows so did it ourselves – a £2 fix was all we needed but trolls say we spoiled our house | The Sun
A PAIR of DIY enthusiasts have revealed how they transformed their outdated windows for just £50, despite being quoted more than £8k by professionals.
Klaire and her partner encouraged others to consider taking the job on themselves, after showing the difference a fresh coat of paint and bargain window film can make.
Known online as @kitsch_cwtch_house, the pair regularly share DIY tips and renovation updates with their 5,300 followers.
In a new TikTok reel, they said: “We were quoted £8,000 for new windows… so here’s what we did for only £50.
“We realised we could just peel off the dated leading.
“We bought a £2 glass scraper to remove the glue. Any leftover glue scrubbed off with cheap nail polish remover.
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“We then cleaned frames with sugar soap, lightly sanded… and painted three thin coats of Frenchic paint in ‘City Slicker’. We only used two tins!
“Everyone thinks we have had new windows.”
During the 39-second video, Klaire shares a glimpse at every stage of their window renovation, which started with her and her partner peeling off the current leading by hand.
The pair then used a bargain glass scraper and cheap nail varnish remover to remove any excess glue left on the windows.
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Next, they tackled the windowsills, previously covered in a wood-effect vinyl, also removing this with the glass scrapper.
Klaire then went on to clean the frames using sugar soap, before lightly sanding the white plastic window frames down.
As part of their bargain makeover, the pair then painted their frames in three coats of Frenchic’s City Slicker Al Fresco paint.
This is available from various retailers, including eBay, and will set shoppers back just £10.95 a pot.
Finally, they finished off the look by placing frosted window film on the inside of their bay windows to provide some much-needed privacy.
Shoppers can grab similar styles of vinyl from sites like Shein and B&Q, with prices starting at £2.75.
Fans loved their bargain transformation, with the video gaining more than 83,500 likes and 1.4 million views.
In the comments, other TikTokkers shared their reactions – however, not all were a fan of this new look.
One wrote: “Spoiled the house imo. Looks like a business premises now. but good job on the quality of work.”
Another said: “Omg taking off the leading to leave plain contemporary builders' windows is so heartbreaking.”
Klaire replied: “And if they were original to the period, I would completely agree, but these were just 1980s fake.”
Although others loved the idea, with some even vowing to try the same thing.
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Someone else added: “Looks so much better. Shame someone had put cheap stickers on in the first place.”
“Wow!!! These look amazing & well done. I'm so impressed,” commented another.
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