Mom creates her own dream kitchen for just £ 170 – saving thousands

A savvy mom created a dream kitchen for just £ 170 – saving a grand price tag.

Sarah-Jayne Plant, 29, wanted a shaker kitchen but didn’t spend a fortune.

Sarah-Jayne transformed countertops with DC Fix and made her own shaker style cabinets with MDF from B&Q.

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She even created leather handles herself rather than buying ready-made ones.

Sarah-Jayne told the money saving community : “When we moved into our house, I knew this was where we were going to stay.

“I managed to make the rest of the house warm and welcoming, but the kitchen never felt right. It was cold and unwelcoming.

“I looked at Instagram and Pinterest and thought I could never afford a beautiful kitchen like theirs, so I thought I could try recreating one myself.

“I loved the idea of ​​a shaker style kitchen so I went to B&Q and bought three MDF panels for around £ 12 each and they nicely cut them into three inch long strips.

“I had to cut some of them with a handsaw to the lengths I needed.

“I lightly sanded the original cabinets and used wood glue to secure the MDF around each cabinet.

“A few hours later, I went to fill in the gaps with polyfilla.

“I sanded the finished cabinets before painting them with Wilko Supernova Tough & Washable matte paint on the bottom cabinets, which costs £ 17 and B&Q Artemisa Durable Artemisa Durable matte paint for £ 15.

“When it came to finding handles that I liked, I loved the look of leather handles and you can definitely buy them pre-made but it was not in my budget.

“Instead, I found leather bands online for around £ 20 and cut them to size myself and made my unusual handles.

“The kitchen countertops really needed a refresh because there was too much black, so I used DC Fix woodgrain-effect sticky-backed plastic.

“I used almost three rollers at £ 10 each. I already had the tile paint from something I had done before – it was B&Q GoodHome Durable Liberty Multi-Surface Matte Paint at £ 22.

“The wood above the top cabinets are just simple slats of wood from Proper Job at around £ 2 each. I’ve probably used three of them. And they’re just hammered in with nails so they can be easily pulled out.

“I also used them in my son’s bedroom to create an adult space and it was amazing!

“I wanted to make this room warm and cozy, and I think for my family I had a big impact on a small budget.

“For anyone looking to create something similar, I would just say take your time and work on one thing at a time so that it doesn’t become overwhelming.

“Mistakes also happen and that’s okay. It took me several weeks to buy songs at a time and when I could afford it.

“It cost me around £ 170 in total.

“It probably would have cost the pros at least £ 1,500 and I feel delighted with the amount I saved.

“I didn’t think I could do it, but it shows you can if you think about it!”

Tom Church, co-founder of, comments: “Shaker kitchens are all the rage right now, but buying one usually costs several thousand pounds.

“However, Sarah-Jayne gave us all a masterclass on ingenious kitchen planning and economics.

“Doing everything from shaker cabinets to leather handles means she’s saved thousands of pounds and ended up with a truly stylish and chic space she can be proud of! “

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