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Mum Quoted £8K For Kitchen Makeover Does It Herself For £350 Using The Range, Dunelm And Etsy

A mum revealed how she gave her old-fashioned kitchen a chic makeover for just £350 after being quoted £8,000 and said it inspired her to do more DIY. Stephanie McCormick, 33, was quoted thousands of pounds for a new kitchen but decided to do the renovation herself with products bought from the high street.

Mum-of-two Stephanie, from Clovenfords, Scottish Borders, bought the three-bedroom bungalow with her partner in October last year. But she said it needed a spruce and she wanted to stamp her own style on it, so decided to do the work herself.

In just two weeks she transformed the kitchen into a modern space with sleek copper, geometric shapes, and charcoal grey cupboards – for £350. Stephanie, who works as a complex needs assistant, sanded and painted 23 cupboard doors, scrubbed her floor tiles and painted her walls.

She accessorised by hanging bright copper utensils over the hob and trailing plants around the room. Stephanie said: “The house was in good order, and it had been well maintained by the previous owners.

“But we wanted to put our own stamp on it. It hadn’t been updated since it was built 15 years ago and was of the older generation, so it needed dragged into this year and given a bit of a spruce.

“I have always been a keen crafter and pretty creative so I thought I could give it a go myself. There was no way we could have afford £8,000 for a new kitchen, we just didn’t have that sort of money lying around.

“I wanted to go for an industrial chic look with a warehouse feel, which is why we went for the copper – that was the inspiration. I took all 23 doors off in the kitchen and numbered them so we knew exactly where they would fit back.

Stephanie, who works as a complex needs assistant, sanded and painted 23 cupboard doors, scrubbed her floor tiles and painted her walls

“I scrubbed all the old grease and marks off them and then sanded everything down before I started painting. I used Frenchic Paint which was lovely to work with.

“I applied it with a brush rather than a roller – it doesn’t need any finishes and it’s waterproof. The paint has held so well, I thought I would have to be touching it up all the time but I haven’t.

“I got the accessories from Dunelm, Ikea, The Range and Studio. I painted the geometric planters the same colour to fit in with the units.”

And after seeing how well it turned it Stephanie was spurred on to renovate her bathroom – which she did in just four days for less than £400. She got a new floor for £160 and bought accessories from Matalan and Etsy to finish off the space.

Mum-of-two Stephanie, from Clovenfords, Scottish Borders, bought the three-bedroom bungalow with her partner in October last year

Stephanie now has plans to tackle the hallway next which she hopes to panel. She said: “I got inspired to do our bathroom after seeing how well the kitchen turned out.

“There was nothing wrong with the suit and I didn’t see any sense in spending money on a new one and putting perfectly good stuff to landfill. We did it in four days over a long weekend, and the whole room cost less than £400.

“The floors were changed to a textile backed vinyl which only cost £160 to buy and fit. I got some new units from Argos and used paint from Dunelm which was only £13 for 2.5l tub – it was amazing and gave great coverage.

In just two weeks she transformed the kitchen into a modern space with sleek copper, geometric shapes, and charcoal grey cupboards

“I hung shelves from Matalan that I got in the sale and some wall art from Etsy. The matt black finishes, like the toilet roll holder and the towel rail, were from B&Q.

“I tried to embrace the dark moodiness of the room. It has inspired me to do the rest of the house, seeing how well those two rooms have turned out really spurred me on.

“I am hoping to do the hallway next with some panelling.”