DIY mom creates her own kitchen island for just £33 – using old changing table

Nikki Dixon decided to build her own kitchen island from an old changing table she bought on Facebook Marketplace for £20. The transformation only cost her £32.99

Nikki Dixon only spent £33 making a kitchen island
Nikki Dixon only spent £33 making a kitchen island

You don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds to renovate your home – as one mum found out when remodeling her kitchen.

Upcycling and reusing items you already own is one way to save hundreds of dollars by doing a bit of DIY.

Rather than spend £600 on a new kitchen island, Nikki Dixon decided to make her own from an old changing table she bought on Facebook Marketplace for £20.

Nikki, 43, a mother of three and carer from Cardiff, managed to fit the changing table perfectly into her kitchen.

Her transformation only cost her £32.99.

The kitchen island started out as a changing table…


…but looks like this now


Nikki told the DIY On A Budget UK money-saving Facebook group: “I have three kids who call me the DIY Queen – they never know what they’re going to come home to.

“I’m just tearing out my chimney wall and refinishing it to have a wood stove installed. I will try everything.

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“I’ve been looking for a kitchen island for a long time and it was either expensive or too big for the space I had in my kitchen.

“I wanted more counter space in my kitchen, so I bought kitchen islands from a few local stores and online and they cost hundreds of dollars.”

Nikki is thrilled with her makeshift kitchen island


Nikki explained the whole process


Nikki wanted to be able to move the island so she went to The Range and picked up a pack of four swivel wheels for £6.99.

Then she removed the original legs and drilled these to the base.

“I had recently been using Ribbeck Oak Fablon to cover my kitchen worktops so I bought another roll of this from B&M for £6 and reupholstered the top to make it a perfect fit,” said Nikki.

“I painted the rest of the unit with crisp white furniture paint I had left over from another project and changed the handles to match my kitchen cabinets.

“I converted the device for a total cost of £32.99. It was an absolute steal and only took two hours of my time.”

Other DIY transformations we’ve covered at The Mirror include a mum who spent just £100 renovating her kitchen.

Melissa Preston used inexpensive paint and vinyl from B&Q to complete her makeover and even made a breakfast bar out of an old closet.

The Northampton mum of two says it would have cost £6,000 to have the room professionally renovated – so she decided to take on the project herself.

Another DIY fan, grandmother Carol Fortescue managed to completely transform the look of her kitchen for just £76 using B&Q paint.

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