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Tesco, B&M and eBay deals help DIY mum transform 'drab' kitchen for under £800

MyLondon logo MyLondon 24/05/2022 Dan Wiggins

Kitchen renovations can cost a staggering amount of money, with some installations costing well into the thousands of pounds. But you don't have to shell out that much money to transform your kitchen the way you want it.

Sarah Weds, 45, a carer and mum of two transformed her own kitchen from a dull ageing space to an on-trend area full of gorgeous accents and details, all using budget materials and accessories from the likes of B&M, Tesco, and eBay to keep costs down.

Sarah told money-saving Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK: "The council fitted a new kitchen in March 2020 just before lockdown. I decided it was my chance to get my kitchen just how I’d like it at last.

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Sarah's old kitchen was in need of a refresh © Latestdeals.co.uk Sarah's old kitchen was in need of a refresh

"I supplied my own worktops, oven and hob and the council fitted them for me. I then got to work on painting the walls, fitting vinyl tiles on the floor and gradually buying my accessories. I made my own prints for the walls and used tile stickers for the splashback and behind the sink.

"The council fitted the new units and tiles in but I saved a lot by doing the decorating, floor, blinds and shelf myself and shopped around for bargains in the sale from Amazon, eBay, B&M and supermarkets and got ideas from looking at Instagram, Pinterest and home magazines.

The end result couldn't be further from the old kitchen © Latestdeals.co.uk The end result couldn't be further from the old kitchen

“The vinyl floor tiles were £25 for 4 packs from Studio, the tile stickers for the splashback were £6.50 for 24 stickers from Amazon, the paint was £50 from Wilko, and the worktops were £90 for three metres from Wickes.

“The oven, hob and cooker hood were £350 from Argos, the blinds were £60, made to measure and fitted by me from Blinds2go, the rug was £25 from eBay, the shelf was £40 from eBay, and the accessories were £100 from Tesco, B&M, Amazon and eBay.

Sarah added loads of cheap accessories to complete the new look © Latestdeals.co.uk Sarah added loads of cheap accessories to complete the new look

"In total, it cost me under £800 and I’m so pleased with the finished results. I’ve always had an interest in interior design and spend a lot of my spare time on Instagram for inspiration where I have a home account @interior_design_on_a_budget and share photos and tips.

"I enjoy being creative and trying out what different textures and designs go best together. I love the boho style with a Scandi mix thrown in. I am on a very tight budget so I try to hunt for bargains. B&M is a godsend! You can also pick up some bargains in the local supermarkets too, and keep an eye out for end of season sales.

Sarah loves getting stuck into DIY © Latestdeals.co.uk Sarah loves getting stuck into DIY

"I’ve been painting and decorating since I showed a huge interest while watching my dad when I was young. I was decorating my parents' house from the age of 11.

"I try to do most of the work myself wherever possible. I’ll try my hand at anything. 'I can’t do that' is not in my vocabulary. You save a fortune on labour by learning to do it yourself. I'm so pleased with how much I saved - I love shopping for bargains!"

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Sarah’s Pinterest-perfect kitchen ticks so many style boxes - I love it.

“It’s always so inspiring to hear about these drastic transformations done with a tight budget - it shows you really can totally change the look and feel of a room without spending a fortune."

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