‘I saved £360’: DIY newbie transforms characterless kitchen for £40 – ‘it makes me smile’

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Jade Shand from Edinburgh transformed her kitchen for only £40 after being quoted £400 for a professional to do it. Taking inspiration from Facebook and finding the best deals, the Customer Service Supervisor headed to Wilko to pick up some paint.

Speaking to Lovethesales.com, Jade said: “When designing my kitchen, I didn’t have the money to completely redo it and then I found a page on Facebook and saw people had renovated their kitchens using paint.

“I couldn’t believe how amazing and fresh they looked.

“I was in the process of renovating my living room but it didn’t flow with the kitchen so I had a painter/decorator come up and give me a quote.”

Jade explained that the cost for the kitchen and cupboards to be painted was £400.

She said: “That’s why I did it myself.

“My brother and I went to Wilko to have a look around…it was a complete spur of the moment in choosing the colour.

“Thank goodness my brother was with me because I’m so indecisive.

“He helped me decide on whether to go for navy blue or the English sage.

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“The materials I used were Wilkos Quick Dry Furniture paint in English Sage.”

Jade explained that the paint was £10 for 750ml and she used one and a half tubs for her cupboards.

She also used a small brush and Wilko roller set.

The 32-year-old added: “As soon as I got home I got straight into it.

“I didn’t prime or sand down the cabinets, I just went for it. Probably not the best idea sometimes but it worked for me.

“I feel so proud of myself for doing this as I am so bad at DIY and never have the courage to try something so drastic.

“Knowing I saved £360 is just unbelievable.

“When I walk into my kitchen now it makes me smile knowing it was me who painted it.

“I mean there are definitely parts I could have probably done better but to me, I think it looks great.

“I think that’s the point of DIY. It doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks, as long as you love it.

“I can’t believe the response I’ve had online. It’s given me so much confidence. There really is nothing more rewarding and saving a lot of money in the process is just an added bonus.

“My biggest tip would be just to go for it. If it looks bad you can always change it but that’s half of the fun. Just enjoy yourself.”

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