Woman shares incredible rental-friendly DIY kitchen makeover – and it cost just £300

A woman has shared the incredible DIY transformation the kitchen in her rental home underwent – and it cost her just £300. Kelsey Heinrichs, from London, and partner Justin, decided to give their kitchen a spruce up earlier this year – using the lockdown as a chance to get stuck into some DIY. Thrifty Kelsey, who has been living in the flat in south west London for two years, spent two weekends on the impressive transformation. She started with a small issue – tackling the old and mouldy sealant around her tiles – but found the simple DIY task “sparked” her imagination when it came to the rest of the kitchen. She made an Excel spreadsheet to work out how much money she would realistically need to give the entire room an overhaul and decided to go for it when she realised she could do it for just £300. Kelsey pitched the idea to their landlords – who she describes as “pretty chill” – and they approved the proposed changes. She started by painting the kitchen tiles a neutral white colour, before tackling the kitchen cabinets using a DIY tutorial on YouTube which walked her through how to give a “Cotswolds cottage aesthetic”. Kelsey removed the cabinet doors, drawer fronts and handles, and cleaned the doors with sugar soap from Wilko to remove dirt and grease. She then cut MDF strip wood to size and glued it to the cabinet doors using Wickes Instant Grab Adhesive Glue. Once the glue had dried, she lightly sanded down the edges with 240 grit sandpaper, before applying primer. Once the primer had dried, she lightly sanded the surface again before applying paint with a paint roller. Finally, she drilled holes and attached new cabinet handles. She also decided to cover the boiler by creating two panels of MDF to hide it and create a space that matched the cabinets. Kelsey then set about creating a custom pantry door that she designed herself on Adobe Illustrator. Justin then used a Bosch Plunge Router to cut out the arched windows using a circle cutting guide. Once the door frame was cut, primed and painted, they attached cane webbing that Kelsey had ordered to create a stylish rattan effect. They attached the rattan to the back of the door frame using a staple gun, cut off the excess and left it to dry overnight. They then added a gold handle to match the cabinets and drawers. In total, they spent £300 on the transformation. The MDF and pine wood came to £81.99, the two tins of tile paint totalled £30, the tin of 2.5 litre primer cost £25 and the three tines of cupboard paint set them back £45. The rattan cost £52.25, while the gold handles cost £35.04. The door hinges cost them £20, and the nails and other miscellaneous items cost a further £10. Kelsey and Justin paid to update the kitchen, and their landlords agreed to cover the costs of replacing the extractor fan, washing machine and installing a new kitchen light. Kelsey shared the results on Instagram (@homewithkelsey) with her 184,000 followers – who were amazed by the budget-friendly reveal.”

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