£ 3 man’s trick to transforming the kitchen using two common household items
With so many of us living in rental housing or social housing, it can be difficult to make the place yours due to restrictions on what can be decorated.
However, a savvy DIYer has proven that it is still possible to upgrade your kitchen on a budget and make the whole space look brand new.
Nick Richards, 23, from Essex, who is a YouTuber and part-time retail worker, told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : “Our kitchen was installed about six years ago by our city council and we actually had the opportunity to choose how we wanted it to look. At the time, we opted for a dark wood effect cabinet with cream countertops, cream tiles and cream walls.
“We wanted to redo the kitchen because we wanted something more to our taste and a little more modern and fresh. Because we live in a council house, we are not allowed to change anything physically, so everything is done 100% cosmetically and reversible.
“The main motivation for our new kitchen project was to light up the space. Our previous design with walnut cabinets made it pretty dark overall. ‘
Nick decided to make a few simple but effective changes – the tiles went from cream to gray with a lick of paint, the countertops went from cream to a wood effect with DC Fix and the dark wood cabinets were applied in white DC Fix, with the silver handles are replaced by new elegant black handles.
“The idea of using DC Fix to cover cabinets and countertops arose because I have a part-time job in a hardware store and have spoken to a few customers in the last year of using them. for their own kitchen projects. I thought it would be a great way to refresh our kitchen on a budget, ”he revealed.
Nick got everything he needed from B&Q, Ikea and Amazon. The first stop was B&Q, where he got the GoodHome White Tile Paint for £ 20. He then saw a good deal, where a 5 liter pot of Dulux Pebble Shore Matt Emulsion paint was reduced from £ 26 to £ 3.
He then bought B&Q Wallpaper Smoother for £ 3.32 and 10 rolls of DC Fix Plain Gloss White for £ 5 each. He also bought 3 rolls of DC Fix Oak Woodgrain Effect for £ 10 each.
Ikea was the next stop, where Nick picked up supplies to match the new color scheme. He got chair hooks for £ 3, a large cutting board for £ 10, a small cutting board for £ 9, and a black dish rack for £ 7.
Finally, Nick bought a pack of 20 black kitchen handles from Amazon for £ 17.55. “The total for this makeover was around £ 170,” he said.
The first step was to paint the walls and tiles. “It was a pretty straightforward process,” Nick said. “There are a few brushstrokes visible on the tiles if you take a good look, but that’s not too bad.
“The main process was to apply the DC Fix to the cabinets and countertops. This involved cutting a length slightly longer than the cabinet or countertop, and then from a corner, gradually peeling and smoothing the DC Fix over the surface.
“Using a smoother wallpaper tool definitely helped achieve a cleaner finish and reduced the amount of air bubbles that formed. After I got the DC Fix where I wanted it, then it was time to trim the edges with a Stanley knife and fit it perfectly to size.
“Completing the cabinets and DC Fix was much more difficult than expected. I thought I would do it in about two hours, but I was wrong! However, I ended up learning a great trick for wrapping DC Fix that prevents air bubbles …
“Use a hair dryer when you apply it. When smoothing the plastic around the edges and corners, the hair dryer helped to slightly melt the plastic to make it softer and more pliable.
Overall, Nick is thrilled with the results of his transformation and happy to have learned from the project. He continued to post regular updates on his DIY renovation budget on Instagram and Youtube.
“It takes a while to get into a good pace and process when applying the DC Fix, but everyone always has their own way of doing things!
“If I had to do this makeover again, I think maybe I would have done something a little more exciting with the tiles rather than just painting them. Although they went well, I think putting some type of self-adhesive tile on top, or even a paint in a different color than white would have made the design of the tiles more exciting.
Nick was also delighted that he managed to do the job himself on a budget. “No professional quote was given. We always try to try DIY before calling in the pros – the best way to save money (as long as you are confident enough to DIY yourself!) ”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Nick’s kitchen upgrade will no doubt help many people living in rented apartments or houses, where they are limited in how they decorate the place.
“As Nick has proven here, DIY makeovers don’t have to be drastic or flashy to make a difference. A few subtle changes in the color palette and a lick of paint may be all you need to make a space completely new.
“DC Fix is rapidly gaining popularity, and for good reason – it’s a great solution for those on a budget looking for a reversible decorative option.
“Don’t put anything directly from the oven on top of this style of countertop cover, as it usually only resists heat up to temperatures of around 75 degrees Celsius. “