Money-savvy mum saves £6,000 by fitting out her kitchen using materials from B&Q
Kitchen renovations are what so many of us dream of, but people can often be put off by huge prices. So when a mother of two found a way to transform her old kitchen, she jumped at the chance.
Melissa Preston, 44, knew her kitchen would cost £6,000 for a professional refurbishment. So she decided to tackle the problem herself, solving it for just £100. She used budget paint and vinyl from B&Q, and even made a breakfast bar out of an old cabinet.
Melissa told the Facebook group to save money DIY on a budget UK “My kitchen looked tired and tired and didn’t go with the rest of the house. I had some green paint left over from last year when I painted my living room and hallway so I thought I’d use that and then decided on the color scheme for the rest from there.
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“I decided to paint the units dark gray and had a few spare gold handles and used them. Originally I wanted to get some vinyl to match the worktops to the floor but I couldn’t find anything that suited me, so I opted for a grey-brown wood effect which I think looks great.
Melissa explained that some parts of her kitchen were old and finding new versions was expensive – something she had to work around.
“Since my tiles were very old and I couldn’t afford to buy new ones, I started looking for adhesive tiles, but I didn’t like the options and the reviews weren’t good” , she said.
“Instead I found a vinyl that has a tile effect and fell in love with the pattern, style and colors as they complement all the colors I’ve used in my home. I used an old cabinet door to make a kitchen bar and covered it with black vinyl.
“I used V33 paint which was £29, painted the walls the same color as the hallway with leftover paint, covered the worktops with vinyl for £30, covered the tiles with vinyl for £30 and made the breakfast bar from an old wardrobe and covered it in vinyl for £10. The paint and vinyl were all from B&Q.
“Then my £100 kitchen renovation was complete! It may not be to everyone’s taste but I love it. My best advice is to remember that the hair dryer is your friend when you use DC Fix vinyl. Clean, clean and clean a little more with sugar soap before you even start. This will allow for a better finish and make the job lighter in the end.
“Take your time! Remember, you’ll make mistakes and want to throw in the towel. But it’ll be worth it once you’re done. Remove all sealants and reseal for a smarter, neater finish I’m so happy with the result because everything comes together very well, I love it!
“If I were to have a brand new kitchen it would have cost me around £6,000! I know that approximate cost as my neighbor has the same size kitchen and has just had hers remodeled. home with the savings!
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