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Savvy Homeowner Transforms Kitchen Into Stylish Space For Under £60

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August 27, 2020, 11:00 AM
  • Chloe Bradley, 22, wasn’t a fan of her dull new-build kitchen
  • She wanted to renovate it but was on a budget
  • She managed to turn it into an on-trend grey space for just £60

Kitchen renovations are one of the priciest parts of redoing a home and can cost thousands of pounds to undertake.

But one savvy couple managed to give their dull kitchen a new lease of life for under £60 using paint.

Chloe Bradley, 22, a teaching assistant from Stockton-on-Tees, bought her first home with her boyfriend Tom last year, but wasn’t overly keen on the kitchen colours.

Instead of replacing the kitchen units for hundreds or even thousands of pounds, Chloe instead decided to revamp the space herself while pregnant using Frenchic paint.

She managed to take the kitchen from an unremarkable beige colour to on-trend grey for just £60.

Chloe told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "We bought our first house just under a year ago. It's a new build but we didn't get to choose our own kitchen colours because the build stage was already past that point when we reserved.

"Although it wasn't an awful kitchen, it just really wasn't to our taste and wasn't what we would have chosen. The rest of our house and decor is more of a grey colour palette so it just really doesn't match our whole aesthetic.

"I really wanted to replace the doors with new grey ones but we have a baby on the way so it just wasn't an option for us financially at the moment.

"I had seen lots of people on Facebook using Frenchic paint to upcycle their furniture and kitchens.

"I'm quite a crafty person so after doing some research and looking at other people's projects on Facebook I decided to give it a go myself.

"I ordered two tins of Frenchic Al Fresco Greyhound paint from their website for £17 each.

"I took a few doors off at a time and unscrewed the handles. I then gave them a really good wipe down with some sugar soap and a clean cloth to remove any leftover grease or dirt.

"The doors were high gloss to start with so I had to sand the surface of the doors with sand paper to help the paint adhere better.

"I then painted each door using a Frenchic paintbrush. I did four very thin layers. The key to using this paint is really thin layers and leaving an hour between each coat.

“The first coat always looks terrible which can make you panic and think ‘oh no, what have I done?’

"But by the fourth coat, you get a really nice even surface. Once I had painted all of the doors and reattached them, I left the paint to cure for a couple of days before I reattached the handles.

"It took me a couple of days to paint all of the doors as I took them off a couple at a time and had to wait for each coat to dry but it was definitely worth the time and hard work!”

Chloe, who shares her home transformations on Instagram at @chloeandtomshome, is over the moon with her new kitchen, and especially so given that she managed to transform it for under £60.

"I'm honestly so pleased with how it has turned out,” she adds. "I've now got a kitchen that I love and I've had so many compliments from friends and family and followers on my Instagram. I can't believe its the same kitchen!

"Doing it myself using the Frenchic paint has saved me literally hundreds of pounds. New doors would have cost a fortune but I've managed to complete this project for under £60 including paint, brushes and cleaning supplies.

"I would definitely recommend this paint to anyone who is interested in improving their kitchen and is on a tight budget.

"If you're willing to put in a little bit of time, the results are so worth it. The project also gave me something to keep me busy during the lockdown and I managed to buy all of the supplies online so I was able to keep safe at home.”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “If you hate the look of your kitchen, you might have thought you had to plough hundreds or even thousands of pounds into redoing it.

“But Chloe’s transformation is proof you can give your kitchen a whole new lease of life for just £60 using a bit of paint and a lot of creativity!"

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