Savvy mum transforms her kitchen for just £88

Savvy mother who was quoted £10,000 for a new kitchen reveals how she gave it a makeover herself for just £88 after looking up DIY tips online

  • Sarah Boe, 43, from Neath, South Wales, was quoted £10,000 to redo kitchen 
  • During lockdown, she decided to do it herself with bargain materials from Wilko 
  • Savvy homeowner transformed kitchen in just two weekends and is delighted
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A savvy homeowner who was quoted £10,000 to redo her kitchen by professionals has revealed she decided to give it a modern makeover herself – and it cost just £88. 

Sarah Boe, 43, from Neath, South Wales, who is currently in lockdown, put her spare time to good use – and transformed the old and tired looking room into a chic, stylish space.  

‘I had a quote for a kitchen which was over £10,000, which was way above what I could afford to spend,’ said the mum-of-five, speaking to money-saving community ‘I joined DIY groups online and found tips on there.’ 

Sarah, who is a mental health nurse for the NHS, sought out bargain DIY supplies from hardware stores which are still allowed to be open for essentials under the new Government rules, but everything else was bought online for home delivery.

Sarah Boe, 43, from Neath, South Wales, transformed her old and tired-looking kitchen into a chic, modern space – for just £88. Pictured, before the transformation

The mother-of-five was quoted £10, 000 by professionals before the coronavirus lockdown. Pictured, Sarah’s new stylish kitchen

Sarah (pictured) set to work after being delivered, and collecting all of the materials she needed for the project 

‘I bought 10m of DC-Fix from Vinyl Warehouse as I needed the extra width for the worktops,’ explained Sarah. ‘I spent £49.’

‘I also bought Wilko cupboard paint which was on offer at £8, and used Wilko tile paint at £15 a tin.’

She continued: ‘I then bought stickers for the tiles to make it look less clinical, which cost £6 on Amazon. I had the brushes and rollers already so I didn’t need to purchase those.’

Revealed: Sarah’s savvy kitchen makeover buys

10m DC-Fix vinyl worktop cover from Vinyl Warehouse: £49

Wilko cupboard paint: £8 (offer)

Wilko tile paint: £15 per tin

Tile stickers: £6 from Amazon 

After being delivered and collecting all her materials, Sarah started working on the project.

‘I washed everything with sugar soap prior to application,’ she explained. ‘The biggest tip for me would be to sand the worktops slightly as any residue left on then will cause bubble in the DC which is a pain.

‘If you make a mistake with painting the cupboard, wait until it dries then lightly sand and go over.

‘I used a small roller and applied two coats for better coverage on the kitchen cupboards.’

She continued: ‘I applied one coat of paint on the tiles with a paint brush – you can’t tell when the paint has dried that a brush was used. I applied the sticker by hand and wiped then over with a soft cloth.’

Sarah spent £49 on 10 metres of DC-Fix from Vinyl Warehouse, as she needed the extra width for the worktops (pictured)

The thrifty homeowner bought Wilko cupboard paint which was on offer at £8, and used Wilko tile paint at £15 a tin. Pictured, the kitchen after the impressive transformation

The project saved Sarah a huge amount of money, and she was over the moon with how it turned out.

Sarah (pictured with her son) is hoping the money she saved on transforming the kitchen herself can go towards a holiday

‘It took two full weekends,’ she explained. ‘I was worried at first in case it went disastrously wrong but halfway through I was pleased as knew it was going to look okay.’

‘I was very pleased with the way the kitchen came out considering I have never attempted any DIY on this scale before. I hope [when Coronavirus is over] I am able to use some cash I have left on a holiday with my children which is a huge bonus!

‘I am off work (working from home) until next week as my youngest son has been very poorly. For people who are not experiencing any symptoms and want to keep busy this would definitely keep people occupied as it’s very addictive.’

Tom Church, co-founder of, commented: ‘Now is the time you can get cracking on that home renovation and DIY project you’ve been putting off for years. There’s no excuse! 

‘You can still order all the bargain materials you need online for home delivery, and, if essential, home and hardware stores are still allowed to be open. Sarah’s ingenious renovation shows you really can transform the look of your kitchen for less than £100!’

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