Woman transforms drab kitchen into modern interior for just £200 to DIY


A woman has renovated her outdated kitchen into a modern, clean space for just £200 in a DIY makeover. Leanne Ward wanted to change her kitchen from scratch after moving into her new home with husband Ash.

Leanne first thought she had to destroy her entire kitchen to get the desired result, but she didn’t want to burn a hole in her wallet. The 33-year-old decided to research budget-friendly options to transform the space instead.

She took ideas from Instagram and Pinterest and started planning the design of her brand new kitchen. Leanne decided to give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint, as well as glue vinyl to the counters for a whole new look.

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She said Joseph-Joseph“When we moved in the kitchen was the only place I thought we were going to have to tear down and start from scratch, our plan was to live with it while saving money and then consider removing the adjoining wall and making a kitchen-dining area – I think I lasted about eight months before looking for budget ways to update it.

“I was inspired by Instagram and Pinterest originally only focusing on tiles and closets for a quick fix because I could afford to buy more and collect more ideas, I’m then moved on to tile trim, worktops, flooring, etc. Even if you can afford to do just a little bit at a time, small changes can still make a big difference.”

Leanne’s kitchen was dull and outdated

Leanne knew she wanted to renovate her kitchen - but didn't want to break the bank
Leanne knew she wanted to renovate her kitchen – but didn’t want to break the bank

Leanne, from Derbyshire, posts her home improvement journey on her Instagram page @sixtysevenbelmont, sharing before and after shots of her kitchen makeover. Initially she feared the paint would fade over time, but after 18 months Leanne said the paint “hasn’t moved”.

The 33-year-old added: “My favorite part of the kitchen has to be either the open shelving or the Terrazzo effect flooring, I think both were integral to the design which made the kitchen feel more modern. final kitchen unit originally had glass doors with old fashioned lead trim, by simply removing the cupboard doors and painting the interior black this created a trendier open shelving area so I can display props and plants.”

“The floor was the last job I did, I was a little nervous about painting over the original tiles, but I knew it would make all the difference to the overall feel of the house. I saw a few people on Instagram who did the same so decided to take the risk, it’s been 18 months now and it hasn’t changed.”

Using mostly paint, Leanna transformed her kitchen into a modern interior
Using mostly paint, Leanna transformed her kitchen into a modern interior

In a few words of advice for those who are hesitant to turn their kitchen into a DIY project, Leanne urged people to “go for it”. She added: “At the end of the day, it’s just paint, some ideas don’t always work out (believe me, I’ve had few disasters) but there’s not much that doesn’t. can be repainted or sanded.”

“Sometimes it can be scary to make drastic changes or there are limitations with rental properties etc, but these are ways to update a space that is not permanent. The artworks and soft furniture is a great way to bring color and pattern into a space without the commitment, there are also great products on the marker such as removable wallpaper and vinyl.

“There are always ways to create a happy space without breaking the bank.”

Leanne created a terrazzo effect floor using only paint
Leanne created a terrazzo effect floor using only paint

Here’s how Leanne completely transformed her kitchen for £200.

  • Frenchic cabinet paint in Black jack €25
  • Rustoleum White Tile Paint €19
  • The cupboard runs £1.25 each at a local DIY store.
  • Worktop Vinyl €59
  • B&Q floor paint 29€
  • Rustoleum Terrazzo Chips €19
  • HG Floor Sealer €19
  • Tiling trim and D molding for credenza €35


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