I’m a mum-of-two and transformed my drab council house kitchen into a trendy spot using bargains from B&M and Tesco

A MUM-OF-TWO has revealed how she transformed her council house kitchen using bargain buys from B&M and Tesco.

Sarah Weds, 45, a carer and mum of two from Newcastle upon Tyne, transformed her drab, red colour themed kitchen into a stunning bohemian spot.

The mum had a brand new kitchen fitted by the council back in 2020, and she decided to take the opportunity and turn it into her dream space.

She used budget materials such as tile stickers, vinyl floor tiles and B&M accessories to keep the costs down.

In total, the entire transformation cost Sarah under £800.

Sarah told money-saving Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK: "I supplied my own worktops, oven and hob and the council fitted them for me.


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"I then got to work on painting the walls, fitting vinyl tiles on the floor and gradually buying my accessories.

"I made my own prints for the walls and used tile stickers for the splashback and behind the sink."

While the council fitted the new units and tiles in, Sarah saved a lot of money by decorating herself.

She shopped around for bargains in the sale from Amazon, eBay, B&M and supermarkets and got ideas from looking at Instagram, Pinterest and home magazines.

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“The vinyl floor tiles were £25 for 4 packs from Studio, the tile stickers for the splashback were £6.50 for 24 stickers from Amazon, the paint was £50 from Wilko, and the worktops were £90 for three metres from Wickes.

“The oven, hob and cooker hood were £350 from Argos, the blinds were £60, made to measure and fitted by me from Blinds2go, the rug was £25 from eBay, the shelf was £40 from eBay, and the accessories were £100 from Tesco, B&M, Amazon and eBay.

"In total, it cost me under £800.

"I’m so pleased with the finished results.

"I’ve always had an interest in interior design and spend a lot of my spare time on Instagram for inspiration where I have a home account @interior_design_on_a_budget and share photos and tips.

"I enjoy being creative and trying out what different textures and designs go best together.

"I love the boho style with a Scandi mix thrown in.

"I’m on a very tight budget so I try to hunt for bargains. B&M is a godsend! You can also pick up some bargains in the local supermarkets too, and keep an eye out for end of season sales.

"I’ve been painting and decorating since I showed a huge interest while watching my dad when I was young. I was decorating my parents' house from the age of 11.

"I try to do most of the work myself wherever possible. I’ll try my hand at anything.

"'I can’t do that' is not in my vocabulary.

"You save a fortune on labour by learning to do it yourself.

"My next project is panelling a wall in my bedroom. I’ve just finished doing a scalloped wall in the spare bedroom.

"I was really pleased with how much I saved – I love shopping for bargains!"

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Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Sarah’s Pinterest-perfect kitchen ticks so many style boxes – I love it.

“It’s always so inspiring to hear about these drastic transformations done with a tight budget – it shows you really can totally change the look and feel of a room without spending a fortune."

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