Kitchens can be one of the most expensive rooms to replace, but before you start looking at new cabinets and kitchen ideas, or shaking your head at the price of floors, why not follow the lead of this savvy DIYer?
For under £200, Leanne Ward, from Derbyshire, completely transformed her existing kitchen from old to bold, with a funky terrazzo-effect floor and stylish cabinets painted black.
Documenting her kitchen journey on Instagram at @sixtysevenbelmont (opens in new tab) [link to ], Leanne couldn’t wait to update this room. “The kitchen was the one area I thought we’d have to tear out and start from scratch,” she told household designers Joseph Joseph. (opens in new tab).
Terrazzo floor black kitchen makeover
After moving out eight months earlier, Leanne tried to live with the room while she and her husband Ash saved up for a new kitchen.
“Our plan was to remove the adjacent wall and make a kitchen diner,” she says. “But I think it took me about 8 months to start looking at cheap kitchen ideas to redecorate the room. I took my inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest and originally focused only on the tiles and cabinets for a quick fix.”
“Once I could afford to buy more and collect more ideas, I switched to the tile covering, countertops, floor, etc. Even if you can afford to do just a little bit at a time, small changes still make a big difference.’
Orange-coloured wood and rural spatter tiles certainly didn’t fit Leanne’s style, which she describes as ‘eclectic boho with a modern deco twist’. Desirous of refurbishing them, she chose to paint the cabinets in a bold, black shade.
“I just decided to go for it,” she says. ‘In the end it’s just paint. Some ideas don’t always work (trust me, I’ve had a few disasters), but there’s not much that can’t be painted over or sanded.’
It’s hard to know what to look at first, isn’t it? Leanne used Frenchic’s paint in Black Jack (Available on Amazon) (opens in new tab) for the cabinets, which immediately gave the room a completely different look, while the worktops are covered with vinyl for a light wood effect.
“Sometimes it can be scary to make drastic changes, but there are ways to update a space that aren’t permanent,” she says. “Artwork and upholstery are a great way to bring color and pattern into a room without commitment, and there are some great products on the market, such as removable wallpaper and vinyl. There are always ways to create a happy space without breaking the bank.”
While tile paint was used to refresh the dated tiles, a wood slat detail sits behind the cooktop as a budget kitchen splashback idea. Even Leanne’s accessories match the look, from the woven plant pots to the jute rug and macramé basket.
The end kitchen unit originally had glass doors, with old-fashioned lead trim, but Leanne removed the cupboard doors and painted the inside black. “It created a more trendy open shelving for me to display accessories and plants,” she says.
We love the marble-look wallpaper used above and how the arch in the dining room frames the bold striped wallpaper – all in the same monochromatic colorway.
When talking about transforming a space on a budget, she says her top tip would be to “research products.” There are so many options these days that the most expensive is not always the best.’
For us, though, the best part has to be that terrazzo-effect floor that Leanne created using Rust-Oleum’s Decorative Color Chips (available on Amazon) (opens in new tab). You just sprinkle them on your floor and add a sealant or clear topcoat to protect them over the top.
“The floor is my favorite part of the kitchen and it’s an integral part of the design that makes the space feel more modern,” she says. “It was the last job I did and I was a little nervous painting over the original tiles, but I knew it would make all the difference to the overall feel of the kitchen. I saw a few people on Instagram who have done similar terrazzo effect floors, so I decided to take the risk. It’s been 18 months now and it hasn’t changed.’
With the whole room coming in at under £200, we can’t wait to try some of these budget tips at home.