REVAMPING a worn-out kitchen can often be the most expensive part of a renovation project, with costs easily running into five figures.
But one savvy do-it-yourselfer refused to spend £10,000 on a slick new kitchen but still completed an incredible transformation, and all for £120.
Mum-of-four Lauren Cundy, 35, from Derbyshire, kept costs down by scouting for cheap materials and sanding down her original worktop to give it a whole new look.
Speaking to the DIY On A Budget UK money-saving Facebook group, Lauren said: “My husband Scott and I tend to do things on a whim. I’m constantly creating boards on Pinterest with ideas for how I want my home to look.
“After finally buying our house after renting it for six years, we were finally able to put our stamp on it.
“We had the idea after painting our front door and were so pleased with the results that we thought, ‘Why not the kitchen?’
“It needed a bit of an overhaul anyway.
“We used Frenchic Al Fresco paint, which requires very little prep work, just sugar soap and a light sand.
“We used a heat gun to remove the vinyl from the upper cabinets but we weren’t 100% happy with the result so after speaking to a French supplier he said we could paint directly onto the vinyl.
“So that’s what we did with the base cabinets and the feel and overall end result was much nicer. We used a French brush to apply the paint.
“With this color I would recommend waiting two hours between coats.
“Even though it dries very quickly, don’t try to apply another coat before two hours as it is a self-leveling paint and takes that time.
“We used a 750ml can for the entire kitchen.
“We used Wilko tile paint on the tiles. I would say this was the worst job of all.
“The paint itself is thick so I would recommend everyone to apply light coats and wait for it to dry completely between coats.
“To save money, we painted the grips with Rust-Oleum Gold Elegant Metallic Spray Paint. This saved us around £60 on new grips.
“We also kept the original countertop to save on costs. We sanded these down and applied about three coats of Danish oil.
“We actually found the shelves in our garage that contained wood we store for the winter to fuel our wood stove.
“We sanded them down and oiled them with the leftover Danish oil from the countertops. This saved us around £30.
“Rather than replacing the radiator, we sprayed it with Rust-Oleum Stove & BBQ Paint.
“We already had all the equipment, so there was no extra cost for that.
“We plan to do the floor at a later date.
“My advice to anyone thinking of doing it would be to just do it! Life is too short.
“If your kitchen is in order but just needs its sparkle then this is a perfect alternative and really economical.
“I would also say trust the process. That first coat of paint on the cabinets really makes you think, “What have we done”!
“We spent around £120 on the whole refurbishment.
“We are so happy with how it turned out and our friends, family and landlords think it looks fantastic.
“We’ve saved thousands: a new kitchen would be in the region of £10,000 so we’re super happy with the savings we’ve made.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk said: “Wow, it’s hard to believe this epic transformation only cost Lauren and Scott £120.
“It just goes to show that if you’re willing to work hard and choose the right materials, you really can save thousands on a kitchen remodel!”
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5704219/mum-four-10k-new-kitchen-myself/ I’m a mother of four and there was no way I could spend £10,000 on a new kitchen – I did it myself for £120