Couple save more £13,000 by renovating kitchen themselves

The kitchen has been transformed (Picture: Jam Press)

A couple have saved more than £13,000 by renovating their kitchen themselves.

And they did so by learning DIY tips and tricks on social media.

Jess and Connor, both 29, from Gateshead, were quoted £15,000 to have their kitchen redone. However, they decided against paying the lofty fee and carrying out the work themselves.

To do so the savvy pair took to TikTok, YouTube, and Pinterest for inspiration on how they could tackle the remodel without outside help.

Now, they have transformed the room for just a fraction of the price, spending just over £1,500 – including some new appliances.

‘We weren’t planning on doing the kitchen ourselves originally,’ said Jess, who didn’t wish to share her surname.

‘I had always said that the kitchen would be the first ‘big job’ we would do when we bought this house as I always hated how bland and cold it was.

Kitchen before

Beforehand the kitchen was bland (Picture: Jam Press/@homeinthetoon)

‘After getting quotes for three or four different places, all around the £15,000 mark, we decided that we couldn’t justify those costs for such a small space, and decided we’d have a go at doing it ourselves.

‘After lots of time on Pinterest, TikTok, and YouTube, we just went for it.’

The old kitchen was decorated with bland white cabinetry, grey tiled flooring, and dated silver hardware.

It needed quite the renovation (Picture: Jam Press/@homeinthetoon)

To update the room, the couple fitted a new fridge – purchasing a second-hand Smeg fridge for £430 – and worktops purchased from IKEA.

They also added a new solid oak floor, purchased from B&Q, and a black sink from IKEA.

Next, they overhauled the cupboards, painting them in a trendy forest green, and refreshed the tiles with antique white tile paint.

To complete the look, they added gold hardware – including a Wodar boiling water tap – to compliment the green cupboards.

The kitchen after renovations (Picture: Jam Press/@homeinthetoon)

‘I think the kitchen as a whole has transformed massively, but I would say the things that have made the most difference were actually the cheapest things to do,’ Jess explained.

‘Painting both the kitchen tiles and cupboards has completely changed the look of this space.

‘Something as simple as changing the chrome handles out for brass also added something extra.

‘I’d say my biggest tip is just to spend some time figuring out exactly what you want from your space before you start it.

It’s all in the small details (Picture: Jam Press/@homeinthetoon)

‘It’s a messy, time-consuming thing to do, so having a clear vision helped speed that up.

‘Also, always make sure to spend time doing prep work – it’s potentially the worst part, but it makes such a difference to the finish and durability of things.’

Jess described their style to interior brand Ruggable and added: ‘[It’s] a real mix of things.

The kitchen after

It’s now a chic space (Picture: Jam Press/@homeinthetoon)

‘We take a lot of inspiration from 70’s earthy colour palettes and love natural materials such as wood.

‘We like to mix these with more contemporary fixtures and fittings to create a put-together unified space.’

Jess previously wowed us with her DIY bathroom makeover, which saw her brad bathroom transformed into a relaxing haven for under £170.

See below for a full breakdown of the kitchen renovation.

Full costs of the kitchen renovation

Kitchen cupboard paints – £45

Kitchen tile paint – 3 tins – £68.97

Primer for cupboards – 1 tin – £20

Worktops – IKEA Vrena – £300

Solid Oak flooring – B&Q – £230.40

Handles – Amazon 2 boxes – £30

Tile trim – B&Q – £12

Smeg fridge freezer second hand – £430

Wodar boiling water tap £300

Black Sink – IKEA circular hub – £65

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