Women saves thousands by creating shaker-style kitchen herself for just £170


Picture of Sarah Jayne and before and after pics of her kitchen
A chic looking kitchen for a fraction of the price (Picture: LatestDeals.co.uk)

Looking for some inexpensive DIY inspiration?

A savvy mum has saved thousands on a kitchen renovation by doing the work herself to create a dream space. 

And it only cost her £170. 

Sarah-Jayne Plant, 29, is a mum-of-one from Wiltshire. She transformed her kitchen’s worktops with DC Fix, made her own shaker-style cupboards with MDF from B&Q and even crafted eather handles. 

Sarah-Jayne told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘When we moved into our home I knew it was where we would stay.

‘I managed to get the rest of the house feeling warm and homely but the kitchen never felt right. It felt cold and unwelcoming.

‘I looked at people’s Instagram and Pinterest and thought I could never afford a beautiful kitchen like theirs, so I thought I could try and recreate one myself. 

The kitchen before with black countertops and light wood cupboards
The kitchen before work was carried out (Picture: LatestDeals.co.uk)

‘I loved the idea of a shaker style kitchen so I went to B&Q and I picked up three MDF boards at around £12 each and they kindly cut them into three-inch wide strips.’

Shaker style kitchens are a style of kitchen units that feature a flat centre panel and square edges, with minimal detailing or profiling.

‘I had to cut some of them down with a handsaw to the lengths I needed,’ Sarah-Janye explains. 

‘I slightly sanded down the original cupboards and used wood glue to attach the MDF around each cupboard.’

Mid kitchen makeover renovations
Mid-kitchen makeover (Picture: LatestDeals.co.uk)

‘A few hours later I went and filled in any gaps with polyfilla.

‘I gave the finished cupboards a sand before painting them with Wilko Supernova Tough & Washable Matte Paint on the bottom cupboards, which cost £17, and B&Q GoodHome Durable Artemisa Matte Cabinet Paint for £15.

‘When it came to finding handles I liked, I loved the look of leather handles and you can definitely buy them pre-made but it wasn’t in my budget.

‘Instead, I found strips of leather online for roughly £20 and cut them myself to size and made my unusual handles.’

A close up of the brown leather handles
The leather handles which Sarah-Jayne made herself (Picture: LatestDeals.co.uk)

She continues: ‘’The kitchen worktops definitely needed a freshen up because it was too much with all the black, so I used DC Fix wood grain effect sticky back plastic.

‘I used almost three rolls at £10 each. I already had the tile paint from something I had done previously – it was B&Q GoodHome durable liberty matte multi-surface paint at £22.

‘The wood above the top cupboards is just simple wood strips from Proper Job at roughly £2 each. I used probably three of those. And they’re just tapped in with nails so can be easily removed.’

‘I also used these in my son’s room to create a grownup space and it looked amazing!’

The finished kitchen with dark cupboards and leather handles
The finished results is incredible (Picture: LatestDeals.co.uk)

Sarah-Jayne’s aim was to make her house a home without spending a colossal amount of money. She has now achieved that and couldn’t be happier. 

‘I wanted to make this room warm and cosy, and I think for my family I achieved a big impact on a small budget,’ she says. 

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‘For anyone looking at creating something similar I would just say take your time, and work on one thing at once so it doesn’t become overwhelming.

‘Also mistakes happen and that’s okay. This took me a few weeks to do. I bought bits at a time as and when I could afford to.

‘It cost me roughly £170 in total.

‘It would probably have cost at least £1,500 for professionals to do it and I feel over the moon with the amount I have saved.

‘I didn’t think I could do it but it goes to show you can if you put your mind to it!’  

Cost breakdown:

  • MDF: £36
  • DC Fix sticky plastic: £30
  • Leather pieces: £20
  • B&Q GoodHome paint: £22
  • Wilko Supernova Tough & Washable Matte Paint: £17
  • B&Q GoodHome Durable Artemisa Matte Cabinet Paint: £15
  • Wood strips: £6

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