Are you looking to give your kitchen a good refresh? We didn't like our kicthen, there was nothing wrong with it - it just wasn't our style! Update your kitchen for less than £100, this could be just the post you are looking for. Inludes how to update your cabinets without having to replace them. I did this all myself during my little ones nap or bedtimes over the space of a weekend, read on to see how you can too...
Revamping our kitchen was next on our list of things to do. We’ve lived in the house for 5 years nearly and have never particularly liked the kitchen. It was really dark with black tiles and had awful orangey wood cabinets.
So, I’ll not hang about, cause if you’re here you just wanna know how to do it too right?! Or maybe want to find out how I did this is less than a week during kids nap times!
What I used:
Worktops : DC film fix, vinyl, sticky back plastic. I used an oak one. It was £5 per roll from Wilkinson and we needed 4 rolls. I’ve linked it here:
Car window wiper: you know the window scraper with the foamy bit too? £1 out of Wilko
Cabinets: Rust-oleum chalk paint. Duck egg blue for the bottom and Graphite for the top £12 per tin. I only required one of each. I got ours from B&Q but it’s also available elsewhere. Link here
Handles: original handles sprayed copper with Rust-oleum spray paint.
Above is everything I bought to revamp our kitchen.
There’s a few extras you will needs however I’m sure like me you probably have some of them around the house anyway!
Sugar soap for cleaning off dirt or grease from cupboards and worktops
So from the beginning, I started with the worktops. Admittedly, I wasn’t convinced that the vinyl wrap for the worktops was going to work. I had seen a couple of YouTube videos on how to apply it and thought since it’s pretty cheap and can be easily removed without destroying the worktop I thought, why not!!
I picked the longest worktop first (and then one without the sink, didn’t want to have to do the fiddly bit first!!) The idea is to line up the vinyl with your worktop and peel back the paper on the back while putting pressure on the top to adhesive it to the work surface. I unrolled a few inches and using the car scrapers rubber edge pushed out any bubbles that appeared. First few inches went really well, I thought this is too easy! Then I hit some bubbles and the back edge wasn’t straight to the back of the work top anymore. I took off what I had done and repositioned the roll. I took my time lying the rolled up plastic on the counter and pulling the paper on the back from underneath it only a few inches at a time. Once I got into the rhythm of it, it was really easy!
The size of the roll was perfect as it covered the width of our worktop perfectly and was even enough left to tuck neatly around the front of the worktop. To get the vinyl to stretch to be able to pull it round you can use a hairdryer to slightly heat the plastic enabling a stretch from it! Luckily I didn’t need to use this step but a handy tip all the same!!
The next few work tops were a bit more fiddly, the worktop to the right of the cooker was the trickiest as I could get much access to line it up properly. I used the same technique as before but before I started I measured (roughly) what size I would need. There’s a grid on the paper on the back of the vinyl to allow straight cutting, handy right?! As I said this was the trickiest work top. I got lots of bubbles that wouldn’t force out the edges and I had to reposition it a few times (which was frustrating!!) I finally got it to a place where I was happy with it, there was still a few bubbles visible so I got a little needle and made a tiny pierce, used the scraper to force out any trapped air and it stuck down perfectly!
The worktop to the left was so easy and satisfying, it’s smooth and I just wanted to run my hand along it all day long - haha!
The next work top, I was dreading. Our sink is round and we have a round drainage sink as well so I was dreading having to work my way around it. It was also too long a work top to cover with one roll so I knew there would have to be a join somewhere I didn’t know how that would look!
I started at the right, again using the same technique. I decided it would be best to cover over the top of the drainage sink with the vinyl instead of making a fiddly mess trying to cut a sink shaped hole in approximately the right place!
(I forgot to take any pictures during this so I hope my description suffices!!)
Once I’d past the first sink I made a cut on the vinyl from the back of the worktop to the tap to allow me to wiggle it round and move across the next sink. There was just enough vinyl to stretch across the second sink. Once it was all secure to the worktop I took a knife, found the edge of the sink and cut around it as tightly as I could to reveal the sink underneath. Not gonna lie it was pretty satisfying! At this point around the taps were looking a bit messy. I had some scraps of vinyl left from the previous work tops so used that to make a better pattern for between the sinks and around the tap. I cut the vinyl I had just placed down, peeled it off and lined up my new piece as carefully as possible (and matching the grain direction!!) other than a few bumps you would never be able to tell there was a join here!
The second half off the worktop was a breeze! The join between the two isn’t noticeable and I’m honestly so surprised how well the vinyl worked and how good it looks. It feels like it has a bit of a ‘grain’ to it as well! It’s also great because it hasn’t damaged the work tops underneath and can be easily taken off, change designs or revert back to the originals!
** The worktops were done just after Christmas so, early 2018 they’ve been down a few months. They’ve lasted so well and there’s only a few marks! **
Wash down with sugar soap and give a good time to dry!
As I’ve said before our kitchen was the best possible layout for use of space without extending so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on changing things that didn’t need changed. It just needed a little face lift, shall we say!
I bought the Duck Egg blue on a bit of a whim one morning after the school run. I’d been looking at paint for weeks after I had done the worktops but couldn’t find any solid recommendations on how best to paint cabinets the easy way ie I didn’t want to have to prime or sand them, I wanted it to be quick and easy! It was then I remembered about chalk paint. Chalk paint is really easy to use, it’s quite thick and doesn’t require sanding or primer prior to use. We’ve used it before to update chests of drawers and we even used it on our banister!
** I’ll mention now that once you’ve used chalk paint to get a long lasting finish you must polish it with the rust-oleum was finish. Otherwise it’ll get so dirty you’ll wish you never started!**
So I didn’t want to take off the cupboard doors because in all honestly the bracket looked too fiddly to put back together as it has the ‘soft close’ mechanism (handy when you live with three little ones!) So instead I just took off the handles! I stored each handle in the drawer or cupboard it came from so I wouldn’t miss place one* so to start mix the paint well, as I said it’s really thick but like any paint any watery bits naturally rise to the top so if you don’t mix well you’re giving yourself more work cause it won’t cover well the first coat.
*I ended up losing one anyway but found it under a casserole dish - ha!
I started with the lower cabinets. At this point I was planning to do all the cabinets in duck egg blue.
It coated really well and it dries quickly! Before I knew what time had passed I had finished the first three drawers, two cupboard doors and the carousel cupboard door next to the oven! At this point Matilda was still sleeping so I moved onto the drawers at the other side underneath the kitchen sink! Once this was finished the other sides first coat was dry so I went onto the second coat and then, without sounding too repetitive, gave the sink-side its second coat too.
I was pretty nervous to get it all looking a little finished as I hadn’t told my husband I was doing it so didn’t want him to come back when it was half done! (That poor man has to put up with a lot of last minute decor changes!! Imagine going to work and coming home to your wife repainting the kitchen cabinets in blue without you knowing, *nervous laughter*)
By this time though Matilda had wakened and it was time to be mum again and pick the kids up! When we got the the paint had dried and the coverage was really good so that was the painting finished! (for now)
Literally ten minutes before Graeme arrived home I got all the handles back on and tried to pretend nothing was different but he noticed and also said he knew something was going on as I hadn’t phoned him all day so he was expecting something!! Caught!
I wasn’t sure at all about the colour. It was really, really, REALLY blue! So I messaged my most interior savvy friend Carys and we brain waved what other colour I should go for as it wasn’t going to work habit it all the same.
At first I thought about a F&B slimming stone but we thought it might be a bit wishy washy and dated. I then thought about a dark navy/ teal but didn’t know how the top blues would look together. It was after that I decided on Rust-oleum Graphite. I’m really glad we choose this as I wasn’t looking forward to having to use a different kind of paint and have to prime or sand!!!
Again I removed all handles and just got stuck in! I finished all the top cabinets and our large cupboard on Saturday in between taking the kids out and enjoying our day! At 1030pm on Saturday I roped my husband into helping me with the second coat! We also did the skirting under the cabinets (or kick boards) I the graphite as our floor tiles are black it makes it look really slick and gives a clean finish. I thought it would be far too busy having the blue underneath too!!
For the handles I picked up some Rust-oleum spray paint in a copper colour! It was really easy to use! I used the kids roll of paper to lie them done on the worktop and did a spray and round every few minutes until they were well coated! I ended up also doing our cooker hood!
And that’s it, done!
I’ve just done a quick total and everything we bought came to £47.50 so less than half of the ‘under £100’ price bracket! I’ve kept it at that as I had some of the other bits you will need like paintbrushes, sealant etc
I’m really impressed with how it looks now it’s finished! We still have to wax the cupboards, paint the walls and ceiling. I may replace our roller blind with some wood venetian and we would love to replace the floor tiles but that can all be done, whenever really!
Are you brave enough to try it out on your kitchen? It’s a great cheap way to revamp your kitchen and give it a different feel.
Let me know what you think in the comments and if you try it for yourself!!
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