Mum transforms dull kitchen for just £170 using DIY hacks and B&Q bargains

A mum has revealed how she transformed her 'dull' kitchen for just £170.

Sarah-Jayne Plant, a mum-of-one from Wiltshire, created the kitchen of her dreams by using bargains from B&Q and DIY hacks.

The 28-year-old saved more than £1,000 by taking on the DIY project herself.

She transformed the worktops with DC Fix, made her own shaker-style cupboards with MDF from B&Q and even created leather handles herself.

The parent told money-saving community "When we moved into our home I knew it was where we would stay.

"I managed to get the rest of the house feeling warm and homely but the kitchen never felt right. It felt cold and unwelcoming.

"I looked at people's Instagram and Pinterest and thought I could never afford a beautiful kitchen like theirs, so I thought I could try and recreate one myself.”

She said she loved the thought of a shaker style kitchen so headed on down to B&Q and picked up three MDF boards, which were around £12 each, and they cut them into three-inch length strips.

The mum added: "I had to cut some of them down with a handsaw to the lengths I needed.

"I slightly sanded down the original cupboards and used wood glue to attach the MDF around each cupboard.

“A few hours later I went and filled in any gaps with polyfilla.

"I gave the finished cupboards a sand before painting them with Wilko Supernova Tough & Washable Matte Paint on the bottom cupboards, which cost £17 and B&Q GoodHome Durable Artemisa Matte Cabinet Paint for £15."

When it came to finding handles she liked, Sarah-Jayne said she loved the look of leather handles.

You can buy them pre-made but, Sarah-Jayne said they weren't in her budget.

"Instead, I found strips of leather online for roughly £20 and cut them myself to size and made my unusual handles," she explained.

She also said kitchen worktops needed a freshen up as it was 'too much with all the black', so she used DC Fix wood grain effect sticky back plastic.

"The wood above the top cupboards is just simple wood strips from Proper Job at roughly £2 each," she added.

"I used probably three of those. And they’re just tapped in with nails so can be easily removed.

"I also used these in my son's room to create a grownup space and it looked amazing!

"I wanted to make this room warm and cosy, and I think for my family I achieved a big impact on a small budget."

Giving tips to anyone who wants to take on a similar project, the mum said: "I would just say take your time, and work on one thing at once so it doesn’t become overwhelming.

"Also mistakes happen and that’s okay. This took me over a few weeks to do buying bits at a time as and when I could afford to.

"It cost me roughly £170 in total.

“It would probably have cost at least £1,500 for professionals to do it and I feel over the moon with the amount I have saved.

"I didn’t think I could do it but it goes to show you can if you put your mind to it!"

Sarah-Jayne's transformation comes after fellow DIY fan Sheree Smith recently revealed how she created a stylish breakfast bar for just £180.

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