DIY fans go crazy for Sunderland mum's stylish front door after she shares makeover online

A Sunderland mum is in the pink after her stylish front door went viral online.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 9:23 am

Helen Dixon posted a snap of her home’s new look on a Facebook forum dedicated to fans of paint brand Frenchic – and has been amazed by the response.

More than 500,000 DIY obsessives are members of the Frenchic Fan Forum and share their work with fellow lovers of the chalk paint brand.

Facebook users post before and after pictures of furniture they have upcycled using the paint or decor and DIY ideas to share with the hundreds of thousands of other group members.

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Helen Dixon with Ollie and Maya and the snap which has gone viral

Helen shared a photo of her picture-perfect front door which she has painted using the Frenchic shade ‘Dusky Pink’ with ‘Swanky Pants’ on the doorstep, along with a list of all the additions she had made to create her stunning look.

She accessorised the entrance to her home with a doormat from Very, a plant from B&M bargains, a plant pot from M&S and a lantern from ikea.

The door was finished off with a knocker from Dunelm and a letter box label which says 'Hello' that caught the attention of fans on the forum.

"It is the first time I have ever posted on the forum and it has had five-and-a-half thousands views now,” said Helen, of Fulwell.

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Some of the suppliers whose materials she used have reposted the picture, which has made it spread even further: “Jemma Solomon, The Label Lady, made the letterbox label. She is Stacey Solomon’s sister and has shared it,” said Helen.

Although she has been thinking about the new look for a while, the actual decision to go ahead had been more spur of the moment: “I just had an idea that I wanted a pink front door,” said Helen, 29, who is mum to eight-year-old Ollie, and Maya, six.

"When my decorator was here doing the kitchen, I just thought ‘Why not? He’s here, he might as well.”

Thousands of people commented on the post to praise Helen's handiwork.

One user commented: "As a postie I do like to see a good front door, loving the hello on the letterbox."

Another said: "Wow, the most beautiful front door I've seen."

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