DIY fanatic, 73, totally transforms her dated kitchen on a budget and saves herself £3k in the process

DIY fanatic, 73, totally transforms her dated kitchen on a budget and saves herself £3k in the process

April 19, 2022

THE KITCHEN is often the centre of the house, so everyone wants to make sure theirs is chic and modern.

But for most people, revamping their kitchen is out of the question as it's often the priciest room in the house to refurbish.

But one savvy DIY fan, managed to spruce her space up using just one basic material: paint from B&Q.

Carol Fortescue, 73, from Northampton, spent three weeks blitzing her dated kitchen and transforming it.

By doing the work herself and updating the existing cabinets she saved upwards of £3,000, instead paying just £76 for the dramatic transformation.

Speaking to DIY On A Budget UK, Carol said: "It started off when I was helping a friend decorate their static caravan.

“They wanted to change the dark woodwork, so we asked advice from the paint department at B&Q and they suggested the V33 cupboard paint.

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"I was so impressed with the result that a year later I decided to have a go at my dated kitchen cupboards.

"It took me three and a half weeks to complete.

"I did a section at a time as I had 16 cupboards and 10 drawers to paint.

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"I took the doors off, washed them down with sugar soap, then lightly sanded them down with very fine sandpaper.

“I wiped them off with a damp cloth, using a small sponge roller and a round brush for the grooves.

“The first coat then goes on but you can see through it.

“There is a primer in this paint.

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“The beauty of this paint is that an hour later it’s dry and you can do the second coat.

“This is when you see the difference.

"I did a third coat for the front and back of the cupboard.

“You're looking at £3,000 upwards for a complete new kitchen, which at my age is unaffordable, so at £76 for the paint and a bit of time and effort it was well worth it.

"I have to say I was very scared when I started in case it didn’t turn out ok, but take your time with the preparation.

“It really is quite easy to do and it’s hard wearing, so for people with children and animals, the cupboards just need a quick wipe over with a damp cloth.

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“The total cost was £76 for two tubs although I have half a tub left over.

"I am so pleased with the result, it was really worth it and it looks like a new kitchen. I am 73 years old so if I can do it anybody can!”

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