Mum remodels kitchen for less than £100 after experts quote her £1,000

Dorota Kuzmicka was able to transform her kitchen herself for less than £100 with £6 self-adhesive wallpaper and new handles that cost just £1 – see the results below

Dorota Kuzmicka didn't want to spend thousands on a new kitchen
Dorota Kuzmicka didn’t want to spend thousands on a new kitchen

If you’re looking to remodel your home on the cheap, take inspiration from this DIY-savvy mom.

Dorota Kuzmicka, 34, a mother of three and an insurance agent from the West Midlands, was able to transform her kitchen into a whole new space for less than £100.

Her money-saving tips include using cheap materials like £6 self-adhesive wallpaper and new handles that cost just £1.

She was also able to make a chandelier herself from an old ladder – showing how you can upcycle almost anything you already have in your home.

Dorota estimates it would have cost around £1,000 to get the job done professionally.

This is what the kitchen used to look like…


It was very boring and magnolia


Dorota told the DIY On A Budget UK money-saving Facebook group: “When we moved to the UK a few years ago, we only had our own clothes.

“I made our first furniture out of wooden crates and pallets, then I bought second hand stuff from charity shops or found something on the street and that’s how my DIY adventure began.

“I love change, I love old furniture and a mix of styles. Not everyone will like that.”

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Dorota started cleaning the entire kitchen from top to bottom.

She then stripped down the fronts of the cabinets and painted them white before degreasing the countertops and tiles and applying self-adhesive veneer to them.

“There was no door on the island so we did it with a piece of a pallet. On the other hand, we used brick wallpaper.

It now looks like a whole new room


Dorota is thrilled with the results


“I used marble self-adhesive wallpaper from The Range at £6 per roll, AliExpress handles at £1, geometric self-adhesive wallpaper for the tiles at £10 per roll and brick wallpaper from eBay at £8.

“We made the chandelier out of an old ladder so that was free and I painted the cabinets and tiles Johnstone’s wood and metal paint which cost £9.

“It would have cost well over £1,000 to do it professionally, but we did it for less than £100.”

Dorota says it only took her a day to redesign the kitchen — and she’s thrilled with the results.

Dorota loves the new room


If you’re renting, always make sure you get the landlord’s approval before embarking on a large project like this.

“It feels perfect to have saved so much money and to be able to create a wonderful and safe place for our family on a budget,” said Dorota.

“We do everything with the landlord’s consent, but at our own expense and at the lowest possible cost.

“One day when we move out, all the walls will be painted magnolia, just like when we started.

“It doesn’t matter that you rent a house, it matters what kind of place you create for your family.”

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