I renovated a house with a total stranger on TV – now I’ve retrained and got a whole new career | The Sun

A WOMAN who participated on Channel 4's The Great House Giveaway and refurbished a house with a complete stranger has revealed that she has retrained and found a new job.

The series see's two strangers who are not homeowners renovate a house bought at auction within six months on a budget.

If the project is a success, the partners split the earnings, or the house is put back up for auction.

Sami Fretwell and Lennon Boyle were given three houses to choose from.

They chose a three-bedroom end terrace in St Helens.

But the house needed some TLC, and Sami happened to be a painter and decorator.

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As a result of Sami's decorating skills, the couple was able to transform their shabby house into a perfect family home.

Sami said that the experience inspired her to pursue a "plastering course" and gain more knowledge in her field.

She shared: "Since doing the show, I’ve actually put myself onto a plastering course. I bought myself new up-to-date tools…

"I'm more confident now to do that kind of thing if I need to. I've done whole walls, I've done some patch plastering."

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The painter and decorator went on to say that her time on the show helped her gain confidence and develop new skills, such as "plastering a wall," which she now uses at work.

Sami continued: "It's all stuff that I felt like I needed to bring someone else in to do when I’ve been working, but now if there is a bit of a wall that needs skimming or patching before I can paint I can offer to do that myself and do the whole job in one go.

"I’m not waiting around and I'm earning a little bit more now on top."

After getting the renovation itch, the painter and decorator is now seeking the perfect house to do up.

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