Cute, right? (Picture: Jam Press)
Here’s proof you don’t need to spend a load of money to give your home a refresh: this mum managed to totally transform her kitchen for just £260.
When Hannah Beeson, 37, and her partner Ryan moved into their 1940s home in November 2020, they quickly realised it needed some love.
The property was fine, but a tad dated and dull – and not at all a reflection of the couple’s tastes.
The kitchen, decorated with neutral and white tones, seemed like a smart place to start.
In February 2021, Hannah got stuck in – doing all the renovation work herself.
First, she removed the tiles from the kitchen walls, plastered them, and added a pretty hob splashback in a pleasing shade of pink.
The kitchen before (Picture: Jam Press/@ourlifedownthelane)
Next, Hannah and Ryan removed the wall units to create open shelves, which instantly made the kitchen feel more light and airy.
A fresh coat of paint completed the look, with the pair settling on a pink colour scheme.
‘There wasn’t a particular “style” we were going for, I was simply inspired by creating an inviting and open plan design to entertain friends and family,’ Hannah said.
‘I love how much of a sociable space it is. Everyone always gathers around the island, it’s been great for celebrations and entertaining.’
And after (Picture: Jam Press/@ourlifedownthelane)
The couple kept costs low not only by doing the work themselves, but also by using stuff they already had and keeping an eye out for bargains.
Ryan used plaster the couple had left over from a previous job, for example, while the kitchen units were in perfect condition, so were kept and painted rather than being replaced.
Cupboard paint – ‘Serenity’ by Make it Rustoleum, 750ml tin: £22.99
Dusky blush paint – ‘Dusky Blush’ by Frenchic Paints, 750ml tin: £19.95
Tiles for the splash back: £43.08
Scaffold boards: £100
Shelf brackets: £75
Hannah’s top tips for a similar project? Prepare, prepare, prepare.
She said: ‘Proper preparation makes all the difference! Thoroughly clean the item first using sugar soap, sand it and then clean again.
‘Remove any hardware and moving parts, such as doors and drawers, and use masking tape to mark off any areas you don’t want to be painted unless you have a very steady hand and choose a suitable brush for the task.
‘Don’t rush and follow the product guidelines.’
Hannah also advises that if you have tiles you aren’t keen on, you may be able to get away with covering them up with tile paint.
Looks great, right? (Picture: Jam Press/@ourlifedownthelane)
She added: ‘Removing the kitchen drawers and cupboard doors made the job so much easier, there is a little catch to release the hinge on the doors so you don’t even need a screwdriver.’
Hannah encourages everyone to take on a similar DIY project on a budget.
‘Don’t be afraid to give something a go, especially if …read more