Kitchen renovations usually cost thousands, which is why many of us put it off completely.
Melissa Preston, a mum of two from Northampton, knew she had to find a more affordable way to add some style to her kitchen. She decided to take on the project herself and pulled off the renovation for £ 100, saving thousands.
She shared her story to money-saving Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK which has over 2.2m members. The group includes posts from savvy bargain hunters sharing handy tips and tricks on topics such as DIY.
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As seen on LatestDeals.co.uk, Melissa said: “My kitchen was looking tired and tatty and didn’t go with the rest of the house”. She used budget paint and vinyl from B&Q, and even made a breakfast bar from an old wardrobe.
She said: “As my tiles were very old and I couldn’t afford to get new tiles I started to hunt for stick-on tiles but I didn’t like the options and the reviews were not great.
“Instead, I found a vinyl that has a tile effect and I fell in love with the pattern and style and colors, as they complement all the colors I’ve used in my house.
“I used an old wardrobe door to make a kitchen breakfast bar and covered this in black vinyl.”
The V33 paint cost Melissa £ 29, and she decided to paint the walls in the same color as the hallway with leftover paint. Next, she covered the worktops in vinyl for £ 30, covered the tiles in vinyl for £ 30 and created her own breakfast bar.
She said: “I covered it in vinyl for £ 10. The paint and vinyl were all from B&Q. Then my £ 100 kitchen makeover was complete!
“It might not be to everyone’s taste but I love it. My top tips are to remember that the hairdryer is your friend when using the DC Fix vinyl. “
Melissa worked out that if she were to have a brand new kitchen, it would have cost her a whopping £ 6,000.
She concluded: “It can be hard to imagine renovating even a section of a kitchen for such a small amount, let alone the entire thing, and to such a high standard!”
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