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DIY-savvy mum transforms her kitchen for just £88 using bargain materials

March 23, 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Sarah Boe, 43, was quoted £10,000 to redo her kitchen
  • She used bargain materials such as Wilko tile paint instead
  • Sarah transformed her kitchen for under £100

If you’ve been quoted a fortune to redo your kitchen, don’t give up hope - this savvy mum managed to overhaul hers for less than £100.

Sarah Boe, 43, from Neath, South Wales, was quoted £10,000 to redo her kitchen so decided to undertake the project herself.

The single mum of five and mental health nurse for the NHS managed to totally transform the space for just £88.

Sarah told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I had a quote for a kitchen which was over £10,000, which was way above what I could afford to spend. I joined DIY groups online and found tips on there.

"I bought 10 metres of DC-Fix from Vinyl Warehouse as I needed the extra width for the worktops. I spent £49.

“I also bought Wilko cupboard paint which was on offer at £8, and used Wilko tile paint at £15 a tin. I then bought stickers for the tiles to make it look less clinical, which cost £6 on Amazon.

"I had the brushes and rollers already so I didn't need to purchase those.”

After collecting all her materials, Sarah began working on the project.

"I washed everything with sugar soap prior to application,” she explains. "The biggest tip for me would be to sand the worktops slightly as any residue left on then will cause bubble in the DC which is a pain.

“If you make a mistake with painting the cupboards wait till it dries then lightly sand and go over.

"I used a small roller and applied two coats for better coverage on the kitchen cupboards.

"I applied one coat of paint on the tiles with a paint brush - you can’t tell when the paint has dried that a brush was used. I applied the sticker by hand and wiped then over with a soft cloth.”

The project saved Sarah a huge amount of money, and she was over the moon with how it turned out.

"It took two full weekends as that's the only time I was off work,” she explains. "I was worried at first in case it went disastrously wrong but halfway through I was pleased as knew it was going to look okay!

"I was very pleased with the way the kitchen came out considering I have never attempted any DIY on this scale before. I'm also able to use some cash I have left on a holiday with my children which is a huge bonus!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Kitchen renovations are notoriously expensive, complicated and stressful, but Sarah’s ingenious renovation shows you really can transform the look of your kitchen for less than £100!

“If you’ve been quoted thousands to overhaul your space, consider buying similar budget materials such as tile paint and DC-Fix to transform it for a fraction of the price.”

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SuzanneHarveya year ago

Wow! Kitchen looks amazing 😍 this may have just inspired me to give mine a makeover!!

traci86a year ago

If been toying with the idea to try this. Been putting it off for ages. My take the plunge when I the kids are in bed though. This is an inspo.

topcat1771a year ago

Looks fantastic! How about the Floor tiles , Love the colour, Where did you get these? If you don't mind me asking please 😊

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