Savvy mum transforms kitchen herself for £155 after being quoted a whopping £18,000

A savvy mum has transformed her kitchen on a budget for only £155 after she was quoted a massive £18,000.

Jill Oliver wanted to makeover her kitchen but renovations were slapped with a massive price tag for any changes she wanted to make.

The mum from Durham didn’t let her stop that though and took things into her own hands.

She documented her efforts on a Facebook group ‘DIY On a Budget UK’, it was reported on

She said: "I painted my kitchen in the first lockdown with a dark grey paint as I had seen other people do this but I loved the shaker style kitchens.

"I just followed lots of home accounts and saw different people doing similar things.

"We had quotes a while back and it varied but it would have been something like £12,000 to replace the kitchen and I couldn’t justify that kind of money when I knew I could update the plain doors to a shaker style myself.”

After using MDF, a medium weight fibreboard, in her bedroom for panelling as well as on her staircase and hallway, Jill was already self-taught.

She continued: "I was desperate to do my kitchen and after doing the hall I knew I could do my kitchen.

"So I contacted a local timber merchant and asked them to cut a sheet of MDF into 70mm strips, which meant it would cover all the old holes where the handles had been.

Savvy mum transforms kitchen herself for £155 after being quoted a whopping £18,000

"I chose 4mm deep as I tried different depths of MDF and any thicker it would have caught on the door next to it.”

She cut each length with a manual saw and asked her local timber merchant to cut a sheet of MDF into 70mm strips.

Jill said: “ I did three light coats with a sponge roller. I used the Valspar v700 eggshell paint for wood and metal.

“It was colour matched to Farrow and Ball Purbeck stone.”

She then drilled holes for the doorknobs and replaced the door hinges with soft close hinges so they don’t bang when they close.

Jill uploaded the upcycled kitche to her Instagram account which has received more than 300,000 views.

She concluded: "It cost me £30 for the MDF, about £50 for the primer and eggshell paint and about £75 for the new handles and a couple of pounds each for the caulk and adhesive.

"I have friends who paid about £4,000 at least to have their kitchens professionally painted and that didn’t include changing them with the MDF.

"People are frightened to try so my advice would be to try painting a little piece of furniture first to get used to painting or if you have a spare kitchen cupboard stuck in the loft then have a little practice on that.

“Obviously saving the money is a huge benefit and that means I have that money to spend somewhere else.”

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