Savvy mum transforms ‘cold’ kitchen into ‘chic’ and ‘stylish’ space for £170 – pictures


Changing a kitchen design can be expensive, especially if wanting to revamp it and add new styles into the space. However, Sarah-Jayne Plant, 29, from Wiltshire, managed to create the shaker kitchen of her dreams on a tight budget by using her DIY skills. The mum-of-one spoke to about her kitchen transformation journey.

She said: “When we moved into our home, I knew it was where we would stay.

“I managed to get the rest of the house feeling warm and homely but the kitchen never felt right. It felt cold and unwelcoming.

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

“I loved the idea of a shaker style kitchen so I went to B&Q and I picked up three MDF boards at around £12 each and they kindly cut them into three inch length strips.”

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The renovation took a few weeks and cost her around £170 in total.

She added: “It would probably have cost at least £1,500 for professionals to do it and I feel over the moon with the amount I saved.

“I didn’t think I could do it but it goes to show you can if you put your mind to it.”

Tom Church, co-founder of, said: “Shaker kitchens are all the rage at the moment, but buying one typically costs several thousands of pounds.

“However, Sarah-Jayne has given us all a masterclass in ingenious kitchen planning and saving.

“Making everything from the shaker cupboards to the leather handles herself means she has saved thousands of pounds and ended up with a truly stylish and chic space she can be proud of.”

What’s more, renovating a kitchen can add value to the property.

According to estate agency Savills, a kitchen refurb can add at least five percent to the property value.

Experts at added that a few upgrades such as a new surface or new cupboards “can add serious value” to the total property price.


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