Savvy mum recreates pricey £1,200 Crittall-style doors herself for just £10 and they look amazing

WE ALL know the feeling of falling in love with something for our home, only to find it’s way out of our budget.

Instagram in particular is full of glam decor inspiration but unfortunately, many of us can’t afford to spend thousands of pounds doing up our home.

When Lorraine Kafanke, 37, a singer and mum of two from Cumbria, found out the beautiful crittall doors she wanted were £1,200, she decided to make them herself.

Using paint and electrical tape, Lorraine created a fantastic dupe of the pricey doors for less than £10.

Lorraine told "I came up with the idea when I saw some doors online I really wanted but couldn’t afford.

"I thought 'why not try and create the look myself on a much cheaper scale?’

"I hated the doors before.

“They didn’t match the style or look I was going for but we were gifted them for free.

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"I just used electrical tape, which cost 79p, and measured out four equal sections to create a glass panel look.

“I wasn’t sure the tape would work but it’s easily removed if the look didn’t suit.

“It was a little tricky getting the tape straight but a few attempts and I was happy!

"I used Johnstone's matt black gloss paint for the wood at £8.99 a tin doing two thin coats.

"The process took about three days because of the drying time between coats.

"I also masked up the glass to get a nice neat finish with the paint and gave the glass a really good clean before applying the black tape.”

Lorraine is thrilled with her DIY doors and especially happy at the money she saved by doing it herself.

She continued: “I’m so pleased with how they’ve turned out.

"I love doing things on a budget so it was very satisfying to create a look for such a small cost and effort.

“I saved well over £1,000: the cost of the doors I had wanted was £1,200, and I managed to create them for less than £10.

"It gives me a real buzz turning unwanted things into something new.

“I love giving things a fresh new look.


"I’ve always been crazy about interior design and creating looks I visualise in my head.

"I love making old things look new to save them from landfill and I’m willing to give anything a try.

“I am just in the process of setting up my own interior design and decorating business.

“I have a page on Facebook sharing all my ideas and transformations, which is called LK Home Inspo.

"I love to inspire people to create something amazing on a very small budget!”

Meanwhile, I was quoted £20k for a new kitchen so I transformed it myself for a fraction of the price using B&Q and Etsy bargains.

Also, I was quoted £4K to do up my bathroom but did it myself using bargains from Amazon and saved thousands.

If that wasn't enough, we were quoted £1k to transform our cupboards but we did it ourselves for just £60 – Mrs Hinch would definitely approve.

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