If your anything like me, you spend hours browsing Pinterest getting unrealistic expectations about your future/current home. Unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees. As much as I’d love some Farrow & Ball on the walls and The White Company furnishings, it’s simply not in my price range. Despite having a tight budget, I’m determined to make our house a home. Recently I set to work on transforming our kitchen.
Here’s some before shots of my kitchen. It was nice enough, but plain and boring. I wanted a kitchen that looked modern and eye-catching, but it also needed to be family friendly. The kitchen leads through to the back garden and the children are always wondering through and bringing in dirt and creatures. It needed to be practical, but beautiful.
I wanted a statement clock that didn’t break the bank, and I found this Wilko copper clock for just £6. It’s a great size and looks lovely amongst the black and grey theme of the room. I also picked up a copper kettle, toaster and a mini artificial orchid.
I covered the cupboards and drawers with sticky back plastic, again from Wilko. It’s easier than you think and costs mere pennies in comparison to a brand new fitted kitchen. I used 6 roll’s in my medium-sized kitchen. Believe it or not, I picked up our new flooring in Poundland of all places! 75 self-adhesive floor tiles gave us a gorgeous new kitchen floor which looked a million times better than the original yellowy white floor which was there when we moved in nearly a year ago.
The updated the tiles with self-adhesive tile stickers from eBay and fixed five LED wireless lights under the wall mounted cupboards. Finally I coated the walls in a soft grey paint.
Voila! The difference is astonishing, I’m still getting used to the changes. The final result is even better than the vision I had in my head. I’m hugely proud of myself. Not only did I transform a room on a tight budget, I did every single bit myself. I quite literally put blood, sweat and tears into this project and it was so worth it.
Cost breakdown –
Sticky back plastic – £24
Small appliances £50.
Decorative accessories – £10.
Paint – £15
Tile stickers – eBay £14
25 packs of 3 floor tiles from Poundland – £25
Heavy duty glue for floor tiles – £1
5 LED Battery-powered Wireless Lights (affiliate) – £6.99
Total cost – £145.99
What do you think? For just under £150, I have given a bland and tired space a makeover and I couldn’t love it more if I tried. If you’re looking to update your kitchen on a budget, browse the sites and stores listed/linked above. You’ll be amazed at what you can find in cheaper, budget friendly high street stores.