Mum’s cheap kitchen transformation after turning council house into dream home

Renovating a home isn’t the cheapest task to complete, with improvements and furniture costing hundreds of pounds.

But one mum has proved it’s not impossible to find the best deals on renovating her council house kitchen into a dream family home for just £218.

Fiona Gall, 34, saved herself nearly £3,000 when she revamped her boring washed out kitchen to make it more of a “family home”.

The family, who live in Broxburn, Scotland, moved into the property two years ago after Fiona’s husband Mark, 34, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Mark needed an adapted home to accommodate a wheelchair for his condition, so his wife completely transformed their house.

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The civil servant said: “I began re-decorating my home this year, starting with my two-year-old son Freddie's bedroom, and I moved on to making a sensory garden for him too.

"But the kitchen was one of the rooms that I absolutely hated – I used to have the door shut all the time to try and hide it.

"My husband spends most of his time at home between hospital visits for his ongoing treatment, and because this will now be our forever home I wanted to try and decorate exactly how we wanted so it was a nice environment to live in."

Fiona heard good things about the sticky back plastic brand Fablon and spent time on DIY pages researching ideas to help her re-decorate the kitchen.

She opted for a farmhouse polka dot theme and it took her one month to complete the transformation.

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The mum added: “I love polka dots so I tried to go with that theme and I wrapped all the counters, table surface and a chest of drawers with wood-effect Fablon.

"I make a lot of things myself, and every single room in my house has something DIY in it because I'm very crafty and like to upcycle furniture.

"I'm not afraid to look around charity shops either and I always shop about and try to find cheaper things, or even see if I can make them myself.

"A brand new kitchen wasn't really an option for us as we had the rest of the house to decorate too, but still wanted to have family days out, and I was professionally quoted £3,000 for someone to fit the Fablon on our kitchen units and surfaces.

“I weighed it all up and decided to wrap the kitchen myself instead – I had to do a test patch inside the cupboard because I was scared that it would go badly.

"Wrapping the table and chest of drawers was fine but the worktops were more challenging because the corners were hard to cut around."

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Fiona spotted bargains in charity shops and Facebook Marketplace. She found the chest of drawers for £40 and decided to upcycle it with a fresh coat of paint, adding Union Jack handles for £12.

Then she wrapped the kitchen and table surfaces with the wood-effect Fablon, with four rolls at £7 each costing £28 in total.

Two pots of duck egg blue paint were £28 and pots of white paint for the drawers and window box were £30 – all from Wilko – the brick wallpaper also came to £20.

All together, the council house kitchen Fiona transformed into her family home cost her £218.

She added: “I absolutely love my kitchen now and I wanted it to be finished by Christmas as a present to myself!

"I'm really proud of how it turned out and I held a Christmas fun day for my family in the kitchen last week where we did lots of crafts with our children.

"The main reason I do this is because family is what is most important to me, and I love the satisfaction of doing something myself, but also by saving money I have more for family days out and making memories."

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