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Woman Saves £500 Giving Her Worktops A Makeover For £21

ImogenGroome
May 17, 2021, 10:00 AM
  • Claire, 34, wanted to update her worktops on a budget
  • She got supplies from B&Q, paying just £21 in total
  • The project only took a few hours and she completed it with a glass of wine in hand

Getting new kitchen worktops can easily cost hundreds, but one thrifty woman has managed to give hers a makeover for just £21.

Claire Stewart, 34 from Kilmarnock, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk, ‘I was inspired to give this project a go after seeing how a friend had transformed her kitchen cupboards using sticky back plastic.

‘I thought I’d give my worktops a go with the same method and see how it turned out.’

Claire had a clear vision for the style she wanted. ‘I wanted to stay with the black glossy theme I had in the kitchen with tiles of that colour, and I wanted the worktops to match the black marble floors. So I found a black marbled pattern in sticky back plastic which went perfectly.’

The first step was sourcing supplies. ‘I got everything in B&Q. All I needed was three rolls of sticky back plastic, which I got for £6 a roll, then a sticky back plastic toolkit which cost £3 and that I definitely recommend getting. In total, I only spent £21.

‘I measured the plastic contact against the worktop when I got home, cutting it to size. I made sure I left a bit over - if you cut it too short you risk ruining the area, whereas if you’ve got a bit left over you can trim away until it fits the worktop.

‘The main challenge I encountered was ensuring the surface remained clean as I applied the plastic. Obviously you would clean all of the crumbs and dust from it beforehand, but I found that sometimes there were bits of dust and plastic from where I was cutting the materials.

‘A few times I found that the surface would bubble up if there was debris underneath it and I would have to peel it back and reapply it. So make sure you thoroughly clean the surface repeatedly as you go.

‘I was amazed how easy this was to do, even did it with a wee wine in hand! It took me one night to complete, maybe a couple of hours - not too long at all.

‘When I finished it I was surprised with how easy it was and what a great effect it had. I got really good feedback from it, my friends and family thought I’d had new worktops put in professionally.

‘I’d definitely recommend other people to do it for the price it cost compared to getting new worktops put in.

‘I’ve probably saved about £500 from not having to get new worktops. If I’d gotten new marble worktops it could easily have cost thousands!’

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: ‘This transformation is stunning and does indeed look professionally done so hats off to Claire.

‘Sticky back plastic is a great worktop material for many reasons. It’s water and heat resistant and you can also use it outside. Why not try applying it to your cabinet doors as well for a total kitchen makeover?’

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