This 12 months, Brits have spent extra time of their homes than ever earlier than.
And in consequence – many have turned their consideration to long-overdue DIY initiatives which were on high of the to-do listing for years.
Reworking a complete room in your house can get expensive, however a savvy Bolton couple managed give their kitchen a recent new look whereas sticking to their funds.
Sean Kay, 30, and his spouse Leah, 23, gave their ‘dated’ kitchen a formidable makeover utilizing a lick of paint, budget-friendly equipment, and whiteboard pens to upcycle the kitchen tiles.
Sean mentioned: “As I’m a trainer, I had a number of whiteboard markers mendacity round my home.
“Because the black grouting pen wasn’t exhibiting up very nicely we determined to get colouring within the grout with the whiteboard markers and it seems to be wonderful!
“It wiped off the tiles so simply however stayed within the grout. It was performed in two hours.
“We’re so pleased with ourselves for making our imaginative and prescient a actuality on a funds.
“Beforehand, we did not spend a lot time in our dated kitchen however now we do not need to go away it!”
Sean posted earlier than and after photos within the DIY on a Funds Official Fb and obtained greater than 768 likes and greater than 100 feedback.
Within the publish, Sean wrote: “Practically completed our kitchen transformation utilizing hornblower blue frenchic paint and we like it!
“We have simply bought our new glass high desk immediately and we’re ready for our blue velvet chairs to reach.
(Picture: Sean Kieran Kay)
“The whole lot purchased has been haggled and looked for till we grabbed bargains.
“We used white dc repair fablon on the worktops. We used white board markers within the grout of the tiles.
“Simply awaiting our curtains blinds and different equipment now!
“We now want to vary the flooring as the present vinyl has bought so many stains, holes and paint on it!
“Thanks for all your feedback. It has been exhausting work over the previous few weeks however value it.”
(Picture: Sean Kieran Kay)
Sean and Leah, a part-time GP receptionist and proprietor of the Leah Kay The Physique Store at House Fb group, started to make use of social media to spice up their DIY expertise.
The couple, who even have a two-year-old son referred to as Terry, joined the Frenchic Fan Discussion board Fb group for ideas and methods and watched YouTube DIY tutorials of their spare time.
Sean mentioned: “To prime the cabinets we first cleaned them with frenchic sugar cleaning soap, wiped them down with water, calmly sanded them by hand and wiped off any mud.
“After that the paint went on like a dream – a bit paint goes a good distance. You’re supposed to make use of it sparingly and it dries actually rapidly.
“After the primary coat, they appeared terrible and we had been beginning to remorse it however after the second and third value they appeared nice. We utilized three coats leaving two hours drying time between every coat.
“It took us two days to utterly prime and paint the entire cabinets.”
Looking for on-line bargains and haggling down costs of supplies and merchandise helped the pair full their kitchen makeover on a funds.
Sean mentioned: “The largest discount I managed to seek out on Fb market was the actual wooden flooring (£90 however RRP £729.92).
“I discovered some becoming quotes which had been over £1000 however we do not have that type of cash, so once more, I watched many YouTube movies on the right way to lay this and bought to it.
“I borrowed my step-dad’s jig noticed and acquired an affordable ground becoming package at £7.99 from Wickes. This included spacers and a pull bar.
“It was exhausting work measuring, chopping and hammering the pull bar for hours however we managed to get it performed in a day.”
Sean and Leah kindly shared their full kitchen make-over purchasing listing:
YPO whiteboard markers – however any will do B&M White Gloss DC Repair (5 90cm x 2.1m rolls) – £8.99 every Fandangle Interiors French Horn Blower Paint (two x 750ml) – £19 every Fandangle Interiors High-quality Sand Paper (x3) – £2 every Fandangle Interiors Sugar Cleaning soap – £4.50 Fandangle Interiors Medium Frenchic Oval Brush – £13
Daytona Clear Glass Small Eating Desk With Brushed Gold Base from furnitueinfashion.internet (it is on the web site for £299.95 however Sean and Leah went to the precise showroom and managed to haggle them right down to £130)
4 Eating Chairs Velvet Cloth Padded Comfortable Seat Steel Legs Accent Again House Set from eBay for £89.98 for all Four together with postage
Elka Washed and Smoked Oak UV Oiled 18mm Actual Wooden Flooring (14 sqm) – RRP is £729.92 from doorsandfloors.co.uk. (Sean and Leah purchased it for £90 from Fb Market off a person who’s spouse did not like the color when she opened a field)
B&M Synthetic Bonsai Tree – £10
Vase and synthetic flowers – roughly £10
Champagne Luxurious Massive Ornate Mirror – £120 from a furnishings warehouse however the couple discovered it on Fb Market Place.
B&M Curtains and pole – £50
Dancing within the kitchen signal – £20 from ‘Dansky Arts and Crafts’ on Fb
Since finishing their spectacular DIY transformation, The Kays have put their dwelling up on the market. You may view it right here on Zoopla.