I transformed my kitchen during my child’s nap time – it looks entirely different and cost me less than £150 | The Sun

MOST parents enjoy a well-deserved break whilst their tots go for a nap – but not Maisie Rees.

Instead of watching her favourite programme on telly or catching up on what's new on social media, the savvy 35-year-old have her kitchen a makeover.

The thrifty mum, who spoke to Tap Warehouse about the project, said there are always ways to revamp your property on a budget – and the DIY fanatic had managed to stick to just £150.

“I began by creating some mock ups on my Mac, messing around with what to paint on the backsplash and what colour the cupboards would be," she said.

“Once I was happy, I began painting the walls, ceiling and existing tiled backsplash.

''For the backsplash, I primed it with white paint and then handpainted the black graphic shapes that I created by using cardboard templates – this probably took the longest.”

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Speaking on the challenges she faced with the transformation, Maisie reveals: “Because I was doing everything myself, I didn’t want to make any mistakes, so I didn’t start doing anything until I was confident with how I wanted it to look."

Deciding the cupboards also needed a little TLC, Maisie opted to wrap them in vinyl, an affordable alternative to buying a new set.

The final part of the transformation, meanwhile, included changing up the cupboard handles and spray painting the oven.

Maisie has also shared the step-by-step process on her home Instagram account, where she has won close to 40k followers.

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She added: “Our budget didn’t allow for us ripping out the kitchen and starting again, so I thought I’d make do with what we have instead and give our home a bit of a makeover.”

“I usually work with a small budget, so I regularly make over IKEA furniture to match my colour scheme or upcycle charity shop finds if I want something that looks unique.”


The mum, from Birmingham, set up her account to share renter-friendly decorating hacks that won't break the bank.

Having studied graphic design as a student and now being an interior stylist, Maisie said she wanted her home to reflect her creativity and eye for design.

For those wanting to keep the costs to a minimal, the 35-year-old whizz advised to “prep” to save yourself from any potential mishaps and giving yourself “double the work” down the line.

She said: “If it’s wooden furniture, lightly sand, if it’s IKEA furniture, use the correct primer, if it’s painting tiles, use the right type of paint. You’ll thank yourself later!”

And fans have been loving the graphic and monochrome makeover, with one fan on Instagram writing: ''Incredible!! What a transformation.''

A second chimed in: ''It’s a gorgeous kitchen now!''

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''Looks so pretty!'' someone else added.

''You are amazing!'' another fan of the glow-up said.

The breakdown of costs

Gold handles, ebay £17

Pink vinyl, 5m, Hexiscrafts £20

Black vinyl, 5m, Vinyl depot £17.50

White zinsser paint, Decorating Centre Online £18

Black zinsser paint, Decorating Centre Online £39

Polyvine clear lacquer, Mucknbrass £13

Black grout pen, Amazon £4

Rustoleum black spray paint, Amazon £12

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