Melissa Preston says it would have cost £6,000 to have the room professionally renovated – so she decided to take on the project and only spent £100 in total
You don’t have to spend a fortune to renovate your home – as one mom has well proved.
Melissa Preston, 44, estimates she has saved around £5,900 to revamp her tired kitchen in a modern space.
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.
She used inexpensive paint and vinyl from B&Q and even made a breakfast bar out of an old wardrobe.
“I had some green paint left over from last year when I painted my living room and hallway, so I figured I’d use that up and then set the color scheme for the rest of it from there.
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“I decided to paint the units dark gray and had some gold handles left over and used them.”
Melissa originally wanted to source vinyl for the countertops to match the floor, but couldn’t find anything that matched her design.
She opted for a grey-brown wood effect instead and loves the overall look.
“Since my tiles were very old and I couldn’t afford to buy new tiles, I started looking for sticky tiles, but I didn’t like the options and the reviews weren’t great,” she said.
“Instead I found a tile effect vinyl and fell in love with the pattern, style and colors as they complement all the colors I have used in my house.
“I made a kitchen breakfast bar out of an old cupboard door and covered it in black vinyl.”
“I used £29 V33 paint, painted the walls the same color as the hallway using leftover paint, covered the worktops in £30 vinyl, covered the tiles in £30 vinyl and made the breakfast bar out of an old wardrobe and got it vinyl covered for £10.”
Melissa says her top tip is to use a hair dryer when applying DC Fix Vinyl to stop air bubbles.
You should also make sure you clean the work surface with sugar soap first for a better finish.
“Take your time. Remember that you will make mistakes and want to throw in the towel. But it will be so much worth it when you’re done.
“I am so happy with the results as everything fits together very well. I love it. If I had a completely new kitchen it would have cost me around £6,000.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/mum-spends-just-100-kitchen-26548931 Mum only spends £100 on a kitchen makeover using B&Q bargains and sticky plastic