IF you want to achieve a stunning kitchen makeover on a budget, one mum has given us all a masterclass in doing just that.
Victoria Salisbury, 35, a mum-of-four from Chester, managed to give her tired-looking space a new lease of life for cheap using accessories from IKEA, Matalan and The Range.
The guidance worker was in the process of redoing her whole house so needed to keep costs down – and for just £300 the end result is seriously impressive.
Victoria told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "Ideally we wanted a new kitchen but with the whole house to refurb, it simply wasn’t possible.
"It’s a tiny space so clever space-saving storage ideas were a must and IKEA never fails to deliver. Swedish interiors are bang on trend but so practical at the same time.
"We did our kitchen ridiculously cheap – IKEA is the way forward!
The DIY fan admitted that her whole house has now been done and that it was "absolutely disgusting before".
Breaking down the costs, she said: “We tiled it ourselves for £50, got all the accessories for about £100 from IKEA, changed the handles for £20 and bought the tap for £30 off ebay.
“The accessories are from Matalan, IKEA and The Range. The tiles were £12 per square metre from Wickes and cost £50 total because it’s such a small area.
"We tiled the room ourselves which was a lot easier than I thought it would be by watching YouTube tutorials to help.
Victoria said they took the cabinet off the wall to create the illusion of a bigger room and used the doors to cover the "ugly" electric meter above the sink.
She continued: "We bought breakfast bar stools from Homebase, which cost £50 for three, utilising an odd worktop space into a usable area for the children to eat.
"The cup hooks, shelf and tea towel hanger cost around £40 in total from IKEA.
"By doubling your essential items like crockery and placemats as decorative accessories you can save valuable cupboard space while creating gorgeous visuals. These were all from IKEA.
"We painted the entire room using budget white trade paint which really brightens up the space."
And added: "Artificial plants are a great way of adding interest to a room with zero maintenance and you can pick them up so cheaply – again, they were from IKEA.
"The biscuit barrel and tea, coffee and sugar jars were under £20 in the Argos sale.
“The black shelves above the cooker were from Matalan for £15, the vase on the windowsill was £10 from The Range, and everything else was IKEA, from the dish drainer to the hooks."
The crafty mum said that by making small changes it made a really big difference to the overall look -like swapping the cupboard handles with black ones that cost £20 in total from Amazon and a black tap for £30 from ebay
She said: "The project cost approximately £300 in total as opposed to the cost of a new kitchen which means we had money to spend on other home improvements.”
Victoria is delighted with the finished look of her kitchen and says that even if you spot expensive looks you love on Instagram and Pinterest, you can match them cheaply by doing a bit of online research.
"I get ideas and inspiration by thinking what I would like to achieve as an end result; so in this case, it was a fresh and bright room with practical storage solutions,” she added.
"I Google those key phrases or search the hashtags on Instagram and find brilliant ideas.
"A lot of Instagram home accounts use very high end items which are beautiful but unobtainable for the majority of people.
"You can easily find cheaper, high-street alternatives that look just as good!”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Those of us who are desperate to revamp our kitchens might feel disheartened after seeing quotes costing thousands of pounds.
“However, Victoria’s Scandi tips and tricks show that you can make your space look a whole lot better by doing some retiling, rejigging your existing cabinetry and filling the space with gorgeous crockery and accessories.
“I’m seriously impressed that this look cost her just £300 to achieve!"
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