DIY-savvy gran transforms tired kitchen into cooks haven for just £500

We use kitchens so often that it's easy for them to become worn and outdated over time.

The only thing is they can be challenging to update – as it can set you back thousands of pounds to install a new workspace.

But one DIYer has proven you can freshen up your kitchen on a budget as she gave her own an amazing makeover for just £500.

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Petra, 54, from Norfolk, who has three daughters and five grandchildren, told money-saving community "It all started with a kitchen tap.

"I found the one I’d always wanted in B&Q for just £10 – impressive considering its original price was £150!

"There were some parts missing, but my husband found them cheaply on eBay for just £20 more."

She managed to bag a tap worth £150 for just £30 – and, after she snapped up the bargains, she started to look at her kitchen and she realised how "tired" it looked.

She began to think about what she could do to brighten the space up, and she came across some photos on Facebook DIY groups where people had been painting their furniture.

Petra rolled her sleeves up and gave DIY a whirl as she wanted to freshen up the worktops and walls.

After carrying out some research she put a plan together, and got the all clear from her land lady to enable to her to make a few updates to the property.

"I got the supplies as cheaply as possible by shopping around," she explained.

"I got D-C-Fix Whitewood Matt White Wood effect self-adhesive film from B&Q, which was £7.50 per sheet.

"I got Rust-Oleum Washable Matt Kitchen Cupboard Paint in the shade Blueprint from The Range for £20, and white stick-on tiles from Amazon, which were £26.79 for a 10-pack.

"My husband also built me a broom cupboard, which we painted in the same colour as the cupboards.

"All in all the supplies were £300, which is very cheap considering a new kitchen in this format would easily cost £5,000."

Her first step was cleaning the room – and she used good old fashioned elbow grease to get the cupboards sparkling.

She then gave them a little sand down to prepare them for the paint.

After this was done, she applied the self-adhesive film to the worktops – and even though it was a "fiddly" process she managed to get the hang of it.

The gran had to work hard to avoid creating bubbles as, when this happens, you have to start again.

She then applied the stick on tiles to achieve the look she wanted.

Petra said: "I took my time with it all, and the whole process took me three days.

"As my husband is in the building trade he was able to create exactly what I needed to house the vacuum, brooms and other supplies.

"This was my first DIY job and I’m really pleased with the result.

"I would love to transform our oak furniture, but my husband is definitely not keen on the idea!"


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