Couple save thousands on kitchen transformation with bargains from IKEA and B&Q

A couple have shared how they managed to save themselves thousands of pounds by transforming their kitchen with bargain items from Ikea and B&Q instead of fitting a whole new one

Couple save thousands on kitchen transformation with bargains from IKEA and B&Q
DIY couple transform their plain kitchen using £1.75 IKEA bargains.

Kitchens can be one of the most expensive areas of the home to remodel – with the costs of labour and materials often breaking the bank.

But one couple has found a way to remodel their kitchen for just a few hundred pounds, Lancashire Live reports.

Partners Rachel Green, 29, and Max Butler, 31, began their remodelling project after wanting to transform their old wood and black kitchen, into a beautiful cutting-edge, contemporary space.

The financially savvy couple did it all by shopping at Ikea, DIY stores such as B&Q and Homebase – as well as Facebook Marketplace, where they managed to seize old materials such as scaffolding boards.

The pair told money-saving community : “Long term we want to knock through our kitchen into the dining room to create a kitchen diner but until then we wanted to freshen up the space and make it feel more to our taste.

The Kitchen before


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“During lockdown when we were house searching we had a lot more time on our hands. So I spent hours on Instagram and Pinterest saving pictures of my favourite ideas and creating a mood board for each room.

“The kitchen had plain brown cupboards and black worktops, so we decided to create more of a monochrome feel with marble effect countertops and matching accessories. We did the whole project on a budget by sourcing items from B&Q, IKEA and Facebook Marketplace.”

The couple couldn’t fork out enough to remove their kitchen fittings and felt it was rather unnecessary when they had already planned on building their dream kitchen diner – so they set out to transform their kitchen without a full-on renovation.

“First we went to Homebase to find some supplies. We picked up a wood roller to ensure a smooth finish and picked out the Harris Ultimate Woodwork Gloss 4 inch roller set for £5.50. Next we picked up two tins of Maison Deco Refresh paint which is intended for kitchen cupboards, worktops and splashbacks. A 750ml tin costs £26,” they explained.

The kitchen after


“To add a special touch we decided to make all the handles on the wardrobes and drawers gold. We did this by removing them all and spray painting them with a can from Amazon. It cost just £11.98.

Rachel and Max visited the hardware store, B&Q, to purchase rolls of Gloss Grey Marble effect self-adhesive film to cover their worktops – which only cost them a fiver.

Another plan the pair had for their kitchen was to build in some shelves, to give themselves better space for their ceramic pieces in their rather cramped cupboards.

And for this idea, the couple went on Facebook Marketplace in search of some cheap scaffolding wood – which they managed to grab for only £3.

However, they had to splash a little more to purchase some rustic handcrafted brackets made from reclaimed timber – which had cost £22 – their most expensive purchase.

The pair spoke how house hunting during the lockdown had inspired them to think about renovating their house.


And when it came to the styling of the shelves, they certainly did not want to spend any more than they needed to, so they decided to go to local supermarkets and furniture stores for some help.

They said: “Some of the items we picked up for styling the shelves included a grey medium rectangular casserole dish from ASDA for £9 and some clear jars with lids from Poundland. Some of the other jars came from IKEA for the pasta, and they were £1.75 each.

“While we were in IKEA we picked up some faux foliage for the shelves and the tops of the cupboards for around £30, and a gold rail for additional wall storage for £8.”

They then began by cleaning all their surfaces, lightly sanding the cupboards before removing the handles, and spraying them down in gold paint.

Following this, they decided to take down the fitted cupboards they no longer wanted on their walls and filled up the holes up.

They said: “After that, we painted the skirting boards and ceiling before moving onto the cupboards, which each got two coats of paint.

“Next up was the worktops, and we applied the adhesive D-C-Fix film to them. Finally, once everything was dry, we added the shelves and I styled them”.

The couple found the overall task rather time-consuming whilst waiting for the paint to dry but relatively easy to do.

They added: “Overall it was very easy to do, it was just time-consuming waiting for the paint to dry and hard to get to some of the cupboards to paint them. If we had to do it again, we would take the doors off to complete the job.

“We had tried to avoid doing this as we thought we might struggle to get them back on. However, it made it a lot harder to paint without getting inside the cupboards too.”

Tom Church, Co-Founder of, has stated that the couple has proven DIY transformationS do not have to be dramatic or flashy to change a place – they just require a few tweaks in the colour scheme and a new paint job.

He continued: “DC Fix is quickly growing in popularity, and for good reason – it’s a great solution for those on a budget looking for a reversible decorative option.

“Just don’t put anything directly from the oven onto this style of worktop cover, as it’s only generally heat resistant up to temperatures of around 75 degrees Celsius.”

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