A mum-of-two who was given eye-watering quotes to revamp her kitchen took matters into her own hands instead – and the results are seriously impressive.
When Laura Vaatstra decided it was time to revamp the dark flooring and cabinets in her kitchen, she was told it would cost £5,000, which didn’t include floor tiles, wall tiles, or labour.
Realising the work was out of her budget, Laura decided to try and tackle the problem herself – despite her lack of experience when it comes to DIY.
Laura said she knew the flooring would make the biggest difference to the makeover, but shunned the expense of ripping it out and starting again to instead use a tiling hack to do it at a fraction of the cost.
The 30-year-old told Latest Deals she simply used paint and a stencil to transform the black tiles into Instagram-worthy white, patterned flooring.
She began by cleaning the floor with sugar soap before put masking tape around the tiles and adding a layer of Frenchic Cream Dream paint.
Although the mum said it “looked awful” after the first coat, she added a further four layers to get the light colour she wanted and it was ready for stenciling.
Picking up a patterned stencil from Dizzy Duck Designs, Laura held it in place with masking tape and used a face painting sponge with very little paint to avoid bleeding.
She left the tricky corners for last so the stencil could be cut into shape to make them easier.
The kitchen transformation also included painting the cupboards to cover up the wooden finishes, add new handles, and using Fablon to give the dark countertops a wooden-look instead.
“In total, I spent £144 on the whole kitchen,” Laura said. “The Fablon cost £48 from eBay, the new handles were £30 from Amazon, the paint for the cupboards and the floor cost £36 from a local Frenchic stockist and the stencil cost £30 from Dizzy Duck Designs.
“I really enjoyed the stencilling and am so happy with how it turned out – it saved me a few hundred pounds as I had planned on laying new tiles.
“I thought it would look nice when I pictured it in my head but it turned out so much better. The feedback from friends and family and people on social media has been amazing.”