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Students who can’t afford a new kitchen do it themselves for £200 with stickers on the tiles

Charlotte Johnstone transformed her old kitchen into a modern black and white haven for just under £200 – and she says anyone can decorate their home on a budget

Charlotte Johnstone details her kitchen transformation
Charlotte Johnstone details her kitchen transformation

A student who doesn’t want to spend money clean her kitchen explained how she took on DIY self-project – and it only cost £200.

Charlotte Johnstone, 25, a psychology student and complaint handler from Fife, Scotland, doesn’t like the stale look of her new kitchen.

To provide a cheap update for the room, she used cheap materials like tile stickersDC Fix and paint tiles.

She also buys accessories from retailers like Home Bargains and B&M to bring new life to the room.

Charlotte decided to stick with a simple black and white theme to transform the kitchen at an affordable price.







How the kitchen looks before and after the DIY makeover
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She said to save money Facebook Coporation, group Do it yourself on a budget in the UK : “I moved into my first apartment last May and the white goods are still there.

“The washing machine and refrigerator are white, but the cooker is black.

“I don’t have the money to replace them so I want a kitchen where they all fit in and are true to what they were before it really didn’t work.

“The previous owner was an elderly woman so the apartment was decorated quite old and wise.”

Charlotte started her DIY project by painting the cabinets white with B&Q wood and metal. This cost her around £18 and took about five coats.







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…and what does it look like now
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The money saver later replaced the handles, as the previous ones were mostly broken, with the black one from Amazon costing £22.99.

When it comes to the walls, Charlotte says she’s “really not a fan” of brick wallpaper, so she painted it with B&M wall and ceiling paint which costs £9.99. .

“I painted over the wallpaper because the apartment was old and had concrete walls so I was worried if I removed the wallpaper there would be a bigger job and on a tight budget I didn’t want to risk it. “, she said. .

“Then I painted the tiles with B&M brick paint for £14.99.

“I used two black grout pens from eBay for around £7.49 to break up all the white in tiles, walls and cabinets.

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Charlotte enjoys her new kitchen
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“Then I switched to B&Q self-adhesive DC Fix paper for £6.50. I needed two rolls.

“This was probably the hardest part because I have a fairly large desk area so I actually worked in smaller sections and just overlapped slightly as I worked instead of doing the large sections one by one.

“I just cleaned the area and glued it down just using my bank card to smooth out any air bubbles.”

Charlotte also used white glue around the tiles and the inside contour of the worktop to prevent DC Fix from lifting.

For the sink area, she used a clear sealant to prevent water from seeping underneath.

“I didn’t have to buy any glue because that’s what I already have but it costs about £2,” she said.







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“Then I used B&M self-adhesive tile adhesive on the floor for £10 a pack. I’m sure I needed six in total.

“Again, like my wall, the floor is concrete so I just glued these tiles on top of the floor that was already there. The previous layer was also adhesive.

“I just made a spray called Stick2 Contact Glue from Tool Station which costs £4.39.”

As for accessories for her new kitchen, Charlotte bought chairs and tables from Facebook and Gumtree.

The table was bought for £18 but retails for £35 from IKEA, and my chair was £10 for both.

“Three paintings I hung on the wall cost £1.50 because I had three frames in 50p in Ikea,” explains Charlotte.

“I really just do the prints on my computer, and my sister-in-law was able to print them laminated at her workplace. So with all that included, I spent approx. £199.98.

“My mom sadly passed away from liver cancer in December so I’ve been using DIY as something to try to keep myself busy and possibly a coping mechanism if you call it’s like that.

‘I’m no DIY expert at all so I literally used DIY sites and YouTube to help me along the way but I’m really pleased with how it turned out. “

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