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Money-Saving Mum Refurbs Her Whole Kitchen For £300 Using IKEA & The Range

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22nd September 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Victoria Salisbury, 35, sourced budget accessories from IKEA, Matalan and The Range
  • Her kitchen now has a stylish Scandi style for just £300
  • Victoria recommends replacing cabinet handles for a cheap and easy fix

Kitchen renovations are notoriously expensive and can cost thousands or even tens of thousands of pounds to complete.

However, one mum has given us all a masterclass in sprucing up your kitchen on a budget.

Victoria Salisbury, 35, a guidance worker and mum-of-four from Chester, was in the process of redoing her whole house so needed to keep costs down.

She managed to give her tired-looking kitchen a new lease of life for just £300 using accessories from IKEA, Matalan and The Range.

Victoria told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "Ideally we wanted a new kitchen but with the whole house to refurb, it simply wasn’t possible.

"It’s a tiny space so clever space-saving storage ideas were a must and IKEA never fails to deliver. Swedish interiors are bang on trend but so practical at the same time.

“We did our kitchen ridiculously cheap - IKEA is the way forward!

“Our whole house has been done - it was absolutely disgusting before.

“We tiled it ourselves for £50, got all the accessories for about £100 from IKEA, changed the handles for £20 and bought the tap for £30 off ebay.

“The accessories are from Matalan, IKEA and The Range.

“The tiles were £12 per square metre from Wickes and cost £50 total because it’s such a small area.

"We tiled the room ourselves which was a lot easier than I thought it would be by watching YouTube tutorials to help.

"We took the cabinet off the wall to create the illusion of a bigger room and used the doors to cover the ugly electric meter above the sink.

"We bought breakfast bar stools from Homebase, which cost £50 for three, utilising an odd worktop space into a usable area for the children to eat.

"The cup hooks, shelf and tea towel hanger cost around £40 in total from IKEA.

"By doubling your essential items like crockery and placemats as decorative accessories you can save valuable cupboard space while creating gorgeous visuals. These were all from IKEA.

"We painted the entire room using budget white trade paint which really brightens up the space.

"Artificial plants are a great way of adding interest to a room with zero maintenance and you can pick them up so cheaply - again, they were from IKEA.

"The biscuit barrel and tea, coffee and sugar jars were under £20 in the Argos sale.

“The black shelves above the cooker were from Matalan for £15, the vase on the windowsill was £10 from The Range, and everything else was IKEA, from the dish drainer to the hooks.

"By making small changes like swapping the cupboard handles with black ones that cost £20 in total from Amazon and a black tap for £30 from ebay it made a really big difference to the overall look.

"The project cost approximately £300 in total as opposed to the cost of a new kitchen which means we had money to spend on other home improvements.”

Victoria is delighted with the finished look of her kitchen and says that even if you spot expensive looks you love on Instagram and Pinterest, you can match them cheaply by doing a bit of online research.

"I get ideas and inspiration by thinking what I would like to achieve as an end result; so in this case, it was a fresh and bright room with practical storage solutions,” she adds.

"I Google those key phrases or search the hashtags on Instagram and find brilliant ideas.

"A lot of Instagram home accounts use very high end items which are beautiful but unobtainable for the majority of people.

"You can easily find cheaper, high-street alternatives that look just as good!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Those of us who are desperate to revamp our kitchens might feel disheartened after seeing quotes costing thousands of pounds.

“However, Victoria’s Scandi tips and tricks show that you can make your space look a whole lot better by doing some retiling, rejigging your existing cabinetry and filling the space with gorgeous crockery and accessories.

“I’m seriously impressed that this look cost her just £300 to achieve!"

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