One savvy interiors enthusiast has transformed her dark and dated kitchen into a bright and airy space for just £100 — and the end result is so impressive.
Becky Lane (@21Oakham), who recently relocated from London to Surrey, refreshed her space at a price she could afford by simply painting over tired-looking tiles, cupboards and work surfaces, and adding new gold door handles from eBay.
Kitchen remodelling can be one of the most expensive home improvements, which is why Becky wanted to take things into her own hands.
'The kitchen was dark pine and not to our taste. But also made the space feel very dark and depressing when we wanted a lighter airy, modern feel,' Becky told Tap Warehouse. 'It was mainly all paint that the money was spent on. I bought four pots of Wilkinson chalk furniture paint (£10 each) as I wanted a matt finish instead of satin or gloss. I painted the tiles in Ronseal (£10 tile paint), and then used a varnish over the top for £9.'
For the floor, Becky used an extreme power cleaner with a drill brush scrubbing set, and for the finishing touches, the door handles cost £14 from eBay and the spray paint cost £15.
To begin with, Becky sanded and cleaned everywhere, masking up switches and sockets. Once she had painted three coats on the tiles, she moved over to the wall panelling and units — an area which took her the longest as the doors have grooves.
And while she was waiting for the paint and varnish to dry around the kitchen, she started to clean the tiles. 'I spent about four hours straight on them and could have easily spent days on them, but I got them to a clean level,' says Becky.
The final part to tackle was the stainless steel basin. Becky spray painted the sideboard and the surround to create a cohesive, all-white kitchen look. The addition of gold handles helped Becky to achieve a chic finish.
In total, the renovation only took one weekend and a few evenings to complete when the kids were asleep.
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