Mum transforms tired old kitchen into vintage dream for a bargain £85

Home transformations can cost tens of thousands of pounds – but one woman has revealed how she renovated her kitchen for less than £100, all by herself.

Sara McCrae, 37, a nursery owner and mum of two from Kinglassie, Fife, wanted to change her kitchen after moving into a new home – but needed to keep things on a tight budget.

She watched YouTube DIY videos, bought budget products at B&M and Amazon and used innovative and cheap ideas to keep the price of the project down.

"I moved into the property three weeks ago. I’m a single mum to two children and just opened my own nursery in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Money is very tight," Sara said.

"I loved the beams on the roof so tried to create a vintage, cottage look. I got ideas from Pinterest and watched YouTube videos on how to wrap the bunkers.

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"The paint was furniture paint from Homebase at £15, the wrap was from B&M and cost £30, handles were from Amazon at £11, the light was on sale from £90 to £20 from Homebase, and the blind was £6 from Lidl.

"My best ever purchase was my white grout pen from B&Q at £7. It transformed the whole look.

"I also painted the walls and ceiling with a white emulsion that I had left lying around. I had to paint the doors twice after doing a light sanding.

"I watched the wrap being done on YouTube. I siliconed the edges at the tiles to seal the wrap. I finished off by doing the wallpaper. I've wallpapered in the past so I found it quite easy."

Sara is absolutely delighted with how her kitchen turned out.

"I absolutely love it and feel so proud that I’ve done it all by myself. I've never done anything like this before," she added.

"My best tip would be to make sure you sand the front of the cupboards. It doesn't have to be lots, just to take the grease off the outside. I wasn't keen on my purple wall so I’ve recently wallpapered it. Honestly, anyone can do this!"

Tom Church, co-founder of – where Sara posted her transformation – said: "Wow, what a transformation – and what’s even more amazing is that this cost just £85!

"Simple items like grout pens, vinyl stickers and cheap paint can make your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom unrecognisable – if you’re new to DIY, watch YouTube tutorials before getting started!"

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