A thrifty couple transforms an outdated kitchen for just £260

A mother of three shared how she transformed her old, dated kitchen into a colourful, fun-filled oasis for just £260.

Hannah Beeson, 37, and her partner Ryan bought the 1940s property in November 2020 as their ‘forever home’, but soon after buying the blank canvas they realized it needed some color with a bit of DIY and recycling.

Before being renovated, the kitchen was decorated in neutrals and whites, looking clean and crisp but a little dated, and it didn’t suit the couple’s tastes at all.

Renovations began in late February 2021, with the couple handling all the work and getting stuck.

Hannah Beeson, 37, turned the old-fashioned kitchen of her 1940s home into a pink wonderland by painting the units, adding open shelving and placing her dry goods in jars for display.

The spacious kitchen includes a center island with a shelf for drinks and is made a much warmer space thanks to the addition of pink accents and houseplants.

The spacious kitchen includes a center island with a shelf for drinks and is made a much warmer space thanks to the addition of pink accents and houseplants.

While the kitchen could be perfectly repaired, the couple found the white color scheme and neutral tiles to be quite cool and set out to do their own makeover on a budget.

While the kitchen could be perfectly repaired, the couple found the white color scheme and neutral tiles to be quite cool and set out to do their own makeover on a budget.

The couple used Make it Rustoleum's 'Serenity' and Frenchic Paints' 'Dusky Blush' to paint over the cabinets, eliminating the need to purchase new units and saving thousands of dollars.

The couple used Make it Rustoleum’s ‘Serenity’ and Frenchic Paints’ ‘Dusky Blush’ to paint over the cabinets, eliminating the need to purchase new units and saving thousands of dollars.

First they removed the old tiles from the kitchen walls, plastered the walls, added a backsplash and a new coat of paint.

Later that year, in October, they removed the tall units to create open shelving. They first tried a blue color scheme, but ended up switching to a fun and colorful pink palette.

BREAKDOWN OF COSTS

Cabinet paint: Make it Rustoleum ‘Serenity’ 750ml can: £22.99

Dark Blush Paint – ‘Dusky Blush’ by Frenchic Paints, 750ml Tin: £19.95

Dashboard tiles: £43.08

Scaffold boards: £100

Shelf supports: £75

Total: £261.02

“We weren’t looking for a particular ‘style,’ I was simply inspired by creating an attractive, open design to entertain friends and family,” said Hannah.

“I love how sociable this space is. Everyone always gathers around the island, it’s been great for celebrations and entertainment.’

In total, the transformation cost the couple just over £260.

Ryan used leftover plaster from a previous job while the kitchen cabinets were 15 years old and in mint condition, requiring no additional work.

Giving some advice, Hannah recommends ordering paint samples and painting them on craft paper and moving them around the room to see them in a different light.

He also tested them directly on top of the color he was covering to see if that affected the final look.

But above all, his best advice is to do the proper preparation before you start painting.

She said: ‘Proper preparation makes all the difference! Thoroughly clean the item first with sugar soap, sand and then clean again.

‘Remove any hardware and moving parts such as doors and drawers and use masking tape to mark any areas you don’t want to paint unless you have a very steady hand and choose a brush suitable for the task.

‘Don’t rush and follow the product guidelines.’

Hannah also advises that if you have tiles you don’t like, you can get away with covering them with tile paint.

Hannah first settled on a blue color scheme (pictured), but decided that pink would make the space much brighter.

Hannah first settled on a blue color scheme (pictured), but decided that pink would make the space much brighter.

Ryan and Hannah bought the 1940s house in November 2020 as their 'forever home'

The couple joined forces and used their DIY skills to make sure their kitchen makeover cost nothing.

Ryan and Hannah purchased the 1940s-era house in November 2020 as their ‘forever home’. The couple joined forces and used their DIY skills to make sure their kitchen makeover cost nothing.

The kitchen after the couple removed the old tiles, plastered the walls, added a countertop and a fresh coat of paint.  they also added a fashion board feature (left) and leopard print accessories for an extra splash of color

The kitchen after the couple removed the old tiles, plastered the walls, added a countertop and a fresh coat of paint. they also added a fashion board feature (left) and leopard print accessories for an extra splash of color

Hannah and her partner Ryan's kitchen after the transformation.  The large space has room for a dining table and a modern velvet sofa.

Hannah and her partner Ryan’s kitchen after the transformation. The large space has room for a dining table and a modern velvet sofa.

He added: “Removing kitchen drawers and cupboard doors made the job so much easier, there’s a little latch to release the door hinges so you don’t even need a screwdriver.”

Changing the hardware in your kitchen drawers and cabinets is also a quick and effective way to modernize the overall look, and Hannah found hers on Amazon.

In recent years, he has developed a passion for recycling and says that platforms like Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are great for picking up a bargain.

She said: ‘We didn’t buy any new furniture for this house apart from our comfortable sofas and dining table. We bought cupboards, drawers, chests of drawers, a sideboard and a huge display cabinet, all second hand, and have recycled them to work beautifully in our home and for a fraction of the cost of buying new.’

Over time, she has become more courageous and bold in her choice of color.

Speaking to cookware specialists Joseph Joseph, Hannah added: ‘Don’t be afraid to try something, especially if the only cost is your time and a can of paint, it can always be changed!

“I don’t know if I have a particular style and our house certainly isn’t as polished as a lot of the ones I follow, but it’s our house and we love it and that’s what matters.”

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