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Savvy DIYer Overhauls Drab Kitchen For Just £147, Saving £1,300

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18 January 2022, 9:00 am
  • Jodie Worboys, 28, wanted to transform her kitchen on a budget
  • She used bargain materials such as vinyl stick-on floor tiles and replacement cupboard handles
  • Jodie sourced affordable products at Homebase, Dunelm and Amazon

Fed up with your kitchen but don’t have thousands in your bank account to change it?

There’s no need: inspire yourself with this bargain £147 kitchen transformation.

Jodie Worboys, 28, an equine sports massage therapist from Buckinghamshire, was fed up with her kitchen but didn’t want to spend a fortune transforming it.

Jodie worked with her partner Erien Memmi, 30, to overhaul her kitchen on a budget, spending less than £150 to turn it into a Pinterest-worthy charcoal space.

Jodie used bargain materials such as vinyl stick-on floor tiles and replacement cupboard handles to totally change the look of the kitchen, shopping at Homebase, Dunelm and Amazon.

Jodie told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I follow DIY pages on Facebook and I’m forever saving posts of anything I quite like.

“During Covid, I got so sick of my kitchen that my fiancé and I decided to just completely overhaul it!

"I saw a few posts about vinyl stick-on floor tiles and we decided to give them a go.

"We wanted something chic but also with a bit of personality.

“The dark grey colour we went for matches our front room decor, and we wanted it to flow from room to room.

"I’m also an absolute sucker for copper and rose gold things, so we had to include this in the detailing!

"It was really easy to do.

"We started off by sanding the cupboards and then applying a good primer - this is key to anything DIY I find, never ever skimp on a decent primer as it’s the most important part!

"We then painted the cupboards with two coats of colour and then a top coat to seal it all, and then added the rose gold handles when it was dry.

"The flooring was also super easy: we ripped up the old floor, cleaned and swept the concrete below and again applied a couple of coats to a good floor primer.

"The tiles are all ready to stick but we used an adhesive spray for extra stick!

"Then we simply matched the patterns up on the floor and cut out around the edges with a Stanley knife, then once dry sealed the edges.

"We then got some new bar stools and some fake plants and voila: all done!

"We loved the kitchen as soon as we saw it finished, and it’s still one of my favourite rooms in the house, and always gets good comments from our friends and family when they come round!

“Price-wise, we paid £14 for a pack of 10 Floorpop self-adhesive tiles from Dunelm. We used six packs with spares left over, so they cost £84 in total.

“For the paint, we used wood primer in grey from Homebase's own brand for £12, another Homebase own brand paint for the charcoal colour for £14, and we had the Rust-Oleum top coat left over from previous projects.

“We bought a pack of 10 rose gold handles from Amazon for £26.99 and the breakfast bar stools from B&Q for £20.

“It cost £147 in total, so cheap and cheerful, whereas if I had got it done professionally, I would guess it would cost around £1,500 minimum.

“It took three days of hard work for a fabulous kitchen.

“It’s great to save money: we are always doing our own DIY projects around the house, and it’s even better when you know you’ve done it all yourself!

“My main tips for people would be to always trust the process.

"That’s my favourite saying to my fiancé whenever I start on one of these DIY projects!

"Sometimes he thinks I am crazy when I try to explain my visions, but he is always so good at trusting my process and your gut instincts are always right, it will turn out exactly how you want it!

"Plus there is absolutely nothing a YouTube video can’t teach you: I swear by this.”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Hats off to Jodie and her amazing can-do attitude!

“Using budget materials, a whole lot of positivity and the gold mine that is YouTube tutorials, Jodie and Erien have pulled off an incredible transformation.

“Kitchen renovations can cost thousands and thousands of pounds, but these two have proven you can do it for under £150 with creativity, great materials and hard work!"

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