DIY mum transforms kitchen for just £230 – and it took only 8 days

A DIY mom transformed her kitchen on a great budget without spending thousands.

The clever Sam Thomas, from Skegness, spent just £ 230 to change up her kitchen and it looks fantastic.

The 27-year-old law student told me how she underwent the makeover after moving into the family home in October 2020.

Sam said, “The old kitchen felt unloved. It was clearly outdated and hadn’t been renovated for a while.

“Everything clashed, from the baby blue walls to the cream tiles and black countertops.”

Sam started browsing Pinterest and interior magazines for ideas on the kitchen style she wanted.

“As the room is at the front of the house, I wanted it to be modern and bright, so when the sun comes up and my family and I are having breakfast, it would be the perfect start to the day.

“We looked at a comparable kitchen from Wren Kitchens, which would have cost us around £ 9,000. However, when I looked further into it, I realized that it was possible to achieve the desired effect with a limited budget ”.

She then decided to take the DIY route to clean up the dated kitchen.

“As soon as we had the keys to the house, we immediately started painting”

“My partner and I lightly sanded and painted them with Frenchic chalk paint in Whitey White. We applied six coats, but it was worth it. “

“When the cabinets were finished, we used tile paint to cover the cream back wall and make it bright white again. After they dried, we used gray grout dowels to pop the tiles.

“Then I used Fablon (self-adhesive vinyl) with an oak effect to cover the kitchen worktops. It took about an hour – and a lot of patience – to apply, but I am very happy with the end result. “

DIY mum transforms kitchen for just £230 - and it took only 8 days

She removed the old chrome cabinet handles and replaced them with stylish matte black ones from Amazon. Then laying the floor, paneling and painting the walls were on the agenda.

“The previous floor was vinyl, but it was ripped and dirty and you could tell it had been laid for a while,” says Sam. “We decided to replace it with the correct tiles, which I installed myself. I had never done this before, but I learned how to do it by watching YouTube tutorials.

“We already had all the tools we needed at home. We just picked up the tiles we wanted from B&Q when it had a 4-for-3 offer.

“The paneling came last because I was most concerned about ruining it,” says Sam. “But once I started cutting the MDF boards in straight lines with a jigsaw, I was on a roll.

“I had already measured how big I would like the paneling and sketched it on the wall to see what it would look like. I glued the paneling to the wall with some No More Nails glue and gave it two coats of paint – I chose a shade called Silver Eucalyptus the Valspar range.

Sam also used the shade for a signature wall opposite the paneling. All other wall surfaces are painted in a complementary shade of light gray.

Tom Church, co-founder of said, “The kitchen is such an important part of the home and is often high on the to-do list when it comes to renovating.

“We are spoiled for choice when it comes to the range of available fitted kitchens. Before you say goodbye to your hard-earned cash, though, it’s worth checking out those DIY updates you can make to help you get the look you want for a fraction of the cost.

“Whether it’s a stop-gap solution to give you more time to save or a longer term solution, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.”

Sam’s shopping list:

  1. White tile paint from Wilko, £ 15
  2. Grout Pens from Amazon, £ 3.90 (we bought two)
  3. Fablon from Wilko, £ 8 per roll (we bought two)
  4. Frenchic Chalk Paint in Whitey White, two 750ml tubs for £ 19.95 each
  5. Cabinet handles from Amazon, £ 17.99 for 20
  6. Floor tiles from B&Q (on sale), £ 42
  7. Grout, £ 20
  8. Floor glue, £ 15
  9. Paint for the paneling and characteristic wall: Valspar S. ilver eucalyptus wall paint from B&Q, £ 15 for 1 liter – “although it was technically free when we bought when there was a 3 for 2 offer,” says Sam
  10. Wall Paint: Polished Pebble from Dulux 2.5L, £ 22
  11. MDF boards to cut and use for the paneling, £ 7.28 (we bought three)