Mum saves more than £335 renovating staircase ‘in few hours’ with easy DIY hack

DIY fan Jodie Nicole Hogg has revealed how she saved more than £300 renovating her staircase with a smart hack.

The mum, 35, from Sheffield, said she first tried to get a quote from a contractor to re-carpet and renovate the stairs.

But she realised she could save tons of money if she did it herself.

Speaking to sale marketplace, Jodie said: “Re-carpeting and renovating any part of the house can be so expensive and overpriced, my initiative saved me hundreds and I’m glad I listened to my gut.”

She continued: "After spending a whole year at home due to lockdown, I began to realise that my stairs needed some major TLC. However, labour can be so expensive, which made me want to try something DIY style.”

“Like anyone else I initially went online to find a quote or contractor and see their price. Some of them were just ridiculous (over £300 for just the labour). I’m no carpenter by any means, but I am super creative and I knew that I could get a professional finish without paying professional prices.”

“That’s when the idea struck me, I could just do it myself. After a cheeky Google and reading one or two articles I was ready to go."

Jodie said she started by removing the carpet, saying "it was as simple as tear, rip and repeat".

Explaining the rest of the process, she added: “Sanding down the stairs for reapplication seemed daunting, but it was also super easy. You can get the sandpaper from any local DIY store or online like I did for just a few pounds. Once you finish this first step you’ve basically done all the prep work.

“I painted the stairs in eggshell white and got new stair runners. I know it's a habit to go to a B&Q or Homebase but stores like B&M bargains have great quality products. The paint and the runner cost just £12 from B&M bargains, an absolute steal! I borrowed a staple gun from a neighbour to lay down the stair runner and just pressed the button along the edges and intersections.

“All in all it took a few hours to complete, and I’m absolutely over-the-moon with the results that I got, carpenters eat your heart out!”

Sharing her top DIY tip, Jodie said: “For me it’s all about the initiative. Professionals, whether a plumber or a carpenter, are charging you for using their skills, some of which are necessary, but some you can learn yourself and save a lot of money.

"Simply put, by reading some articles and watching online videos I knew I could learn what I needed to do myself, for a fraction of the cost.”

Stuart McClure, co-founder of, commented on Jodie’s DIY saving tip: “Jodie has been able to uncover one of the biggest open secrets within the carpentry industry, people are paid for their skills and learning the basics means you can save a lot more than you think. In a post-Covid era, it’s more important than ever for people to be creative and save money any way they can.”

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