Mum ‘sick of the sight’ of red kitchen transforms it herself after £15k quotes
A homeowner who was “sick of the sight” of the property’s kitchen transformed it for just £150 after quotes from professionals landed well outside the budget.
Rachel Marston picked up the keys to the house in Mossley, Manchester, with her partner and two children in August 2019 and had grand plans to remodel the home to their taste.
But shortly after they moved, they discovered they would need to pay for a full roof retile and a new boiler, draining much of the funds they had earmarked for the renovation works.
The kitchen they were set on would cost them about £15,000 and Rachel instead chose to transform the “eyesore” into a rustic farmhouse-inspired space using just a few coats of paint – and the results are incredible.
The mum-of-two told LatestDeals : “We thought we’d be happy with it for a couple of years until we could afford a new one, but we were wrong. The more I cooked in it, the more I hated it.
“I was sick of the sight of those red tiles. They really were an eyesore – for me, at least.
“The kitchen always seemed so dull and dark. I wanted to brighten it up so it was a lighter space to cook in.”
The 27-year-old compiled the £150 kit she would need to get the job done and got to work, starting with the cabinets.
Frenchic Al Fresco paint
Large Frenchic paint brush
Frenchic finishing coat
Black matte spray paint
Black grout pen
Floor tile stencil
Two stencil brushes
She prepped the doors using soap spray to give them a good clean, before lightly sanding them and washing them again before starting the painting.
When a spray-gun didn’t give the result Rachel wanted, she switched to hand painting with a special chalk paint brush, and she advised: “You need to build up chalk paint with thin layers, and lots of people do their last coat with a paint roller for a smoother finish. However, I like the rustic look so I stuck with a brush.”
She used the same method with the floor tiles and much-hated red splashback, using sugar soap to clean them and giving them a light sanding down.
The red was replaced by a shade of white named Dazzle Me!, accented with black grout, and the same paint was used for the kitchen cupboards and as the base for the floor tiles, which were then given a pattern using a stencil.
“The floor tiles were by far the biggest job,” she said. “I had to paint them white before starting the stencilling. This can be quite tricky to do, so I did a few trial runs on tiles underneath the stairs where no one would see them if I made a few mistakes.
“The trick is to use a very small amount of paint – I used a shade of grey called Greyhound – and to dab it on with a stencil brush. This helps you to avoid any excess paint, which tends to bleed under the stencil and doesn’t look good.”
It was sealed with Frenchic Finishing Coat, before the cabinet handles and cooker hood were removed to be sprayed matte black.
Then it came to furnishing and Rachel explained: “The table and chairs are from Red Brick Mill, which I got from the clearance section. I bought the egg basket from my local garden centre in the sale for about £2 and the antique flour tin is from my favourite local charity shop, Emmaus.
“I made the wreath on the wall myself and bought the wooden one from the garden centre and wrapped some faux eucalyptus around it. I still want to add a few more decorative touches, however, such as a couple of rustic wooden shelves where there is space on the wall tiles.
“This was my first big DIY project and it’s better than I expected, especially considering I didn’t have to spend thousands to get the kitchen looking how I wanted it.
“I was really flexible with the timescale, as my kids are young so I couldn’t devote large chunks of time to it. I completed it step-by-step, as and when I could, which is why the makeover took around five months in total.
“The floor took the longest – seven days in total – and I often worked into the night until 3am just to get it finished, as I wanted my kitchen back up and running but it was worth it in the end.”