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DIY Couple Get £10k Designer Kitchen For Under £1k On Facebook Marketplace

DebsGC
23rd July 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Becky Sack, 27, found a kitchen worth £10k on Facebook Marketplace
  • By sourcing second-hand units and worktops and fitting it herself, she saved £9k
  • Becky added antique decorations for a final flourish

If a designer kitchen is something you’ve always wanted but you thought it would cost thousands of pounds to realise the dream, think again.

One savvy couple managed to bag a swanky kitchen worth £10,000 by shopping around and buying second-hand on Facebook Marketplace - and they spent less than £1,000 on their dream kitchen.

Becky Sack, 27, a mum-of-one and nail technician from Kettering, sourced swanky kitchen units, fancy granite worktops and antique collectables from Facebook Marketplace for a fraction of their usual cost.

Becky and her partner Craig then fitted the kitchen themselves and painted it with a tub of paint that cost less than £20 to give it new life.

Becky told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "Our kitchen was dark, dingy and looking for an immediate re-vamp, but we couldn't afford a brand new kitchen, so we decided to re-cycle a second hand kitchen instead.

"We bought a shaker-style, solid wood kitchen from a lady in Normanton and we hired a company to collect it for us.

"We found the kitchen on Facebook Marketplace, and we bought it at a negotiable price of £600 which included the built-in oven, hob, extractor, fridge and dishwasher.

"We sold on what we didn't need on Facebook again for £200, and used the money towards other bits we needed to complete the kitchen.

"We fitted the kitchen ourselves and painted it with Frenchic 'Swanky Pants’, a light grey colour, and added new door handles. The paint cost £17.95.

"Our Star Galaxy granite worktops were valued at £4,500. I bought them, also on Facebook Marketplace, for £350 - a bargain and they are absolutely stunning!

“We purchased a designer radiator we had seen for over £200 for £120 on Wayfair.

“We stole the idea from a family friend, who says the radiator sparks lots of interest and someone always comments on it.

“We also bought second-hand antique collectables and candles which will decorate our scaffold board shelves once we've painted and put them up.

"These included a pair of Avery vintage weighing scales bought for £20 and a Birchleaf coffee grinder purchased for £20.

"Both retail for much more, but being the bargain hunter I am, I found them for cheaper on Facebook Marketplace and collected them locally.

“I think the value of the kitchen would be between £10k to £12k including the granite tops, units, appliances, flooring, lighting and heating and accessories, but so far it has cost us a total of £927.95!”

Becky is delighted with the look of her new kitchen - and is over the moon by her impressive £9k saving.

"It's instantly made the kitchen have a different feel and now I absolutely love cooking, cleaning and dancing around my kitchen,” she adds.

"We still have a little way to go and hope to be laying lino in both the kitchen and downstairs loo in the next month or so.

"If you have the opportunity, I'd always advise people to recycle and re-use.

"Our kitchen feels and looks similar to those you can buy from Wren or Howden, but for a fraction of the price and we got the tops we wanted.

"We feel this lockdown project was worthwhile because we have ended up with a designer kitchen exactly how we want it for way less than buying new!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Many of us turn to selling sites such as ebay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree for one-off items such as books or furniture, but don’t think of them when it comes to sourcing a larger project such as a kitchen.

“Becky’s amazing kitchen is proof that you can nab some incredible bargains by keeping your eyes peeled on local selling sites - and if you’re prepared to do a bit of DIY by fitting units and worktops yourself, you’ll save yourself an absolute fortune!”

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