Woman transforms her kitchen for under £100 after being furloughed and learning how to tile using YouTube videos

A SAVVY woman managed to revamp her dated kitchen in lockdown for less than £100 by teaching herself to tile. 

Hayley Derry and partner Lee Richard, 45, bought their two-bed terraced house in Southsea for £200,000 in 2018, and they set about making it their dream home. 

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So when Hayley got furloughed from her job as an assistant manager at a footwear store, she decided it was the perfect time to get stuck into some DIY. 

The 30-year-old had always wanted a sleek and modern kitchen, but it didn’t make sense spending thousands to rip out a perfectly functioning kitchen, even though it was outdated.

Instead she rolled up her sleeves and taught herself DIY skills from YouTube, managing to give her kitchen a modern makeover for just £91.49. 

She said: "Since buying this house, which is my first home, I always had the idea of replacing the kitchen.

"But it’s not cheap to just rip it all out and start again especially when the kitchen wasn't in that bad of a condition.”

To achieve her dream look, she ripped off the existing tiles and bought new ones, sanded and painted the cupboard doors, painted the handles and put up shelves using brackets. 

Hayley said: "This is the first time I have done something like this. I successfully taught myself how to tile, took the cupboards off the wall and put up industrial style shelves to open up the space. 

“I also up-cycled the handles and cupboards all for under £100.

"I just wanted to show that you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds ripping out a good kitchen.

"The biggest issue was taking the tiles off. I had to be very careful as you sometimes take plaster off the wall but we already had a DIY plaster kit that we patched the wall up with. It felt like I was doing a work out hacking them off the wall.”

Hayley spent £13 on white paint from Wilko’s, £9 on pink paint from Homebase, £2 on black steel brackets and £30 on tiles from B&Q. 

She also spent £13.50 on black grout, and she used old scaffolding boards for the shelves, and painted the handles with leftover paint she bought from Wilko’s for £8. 

For the cupboards, she sanded them down with a sander she already owned, and painted them with white paint she bought from B&M for £14. 

She decided to go for a fresh white colour palette to make the kitchen look bigger and brighter. 

Hayley said: “It's quite a small kitchen, so we wanted to make it look lighter and brighter so it appeared bigger.

"I taught myself how to re-tile through YouTube videos – me and my partner just sat down and watched them in the evening.

"It was actually really enjoyable learning new skills and doing it all myself. I then brought some cupboard paint and sanded the cupboard doors down.

"I got the plastic paint off and then gave them two or three layers. I've also painted the rest of the kitchen white."

After the success of her kitchen, Hayley said she has plans to tackle the hallway and garden – also on a budget. 

She added: “Don't be scared to try it yourself within reason – no knocking down walls.

"Lockdown is the perfect time to get creative and the internet has so much great advice for those on a budget.

"If you want it to look professional take your time and don’t rush the job."


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