A SAVVY DIYer desperate for a fresh new-look kitchen has transformed his on a tiny budget – and a little-known hairdryer trick helped him in the process.
Nick Richards, 23 from Essex, lives in council accommodation so was limited with what he could do – but he now has a brand new space with very little effort.
The kitchen is now fresh and bright thanks to paint and some stick back plastic[/caption]
The YouTuber and part-time retail worker spent just £170 getting the job done, shopping supplies from B&Q, Amazon and Ikea.
The secret to the kitchen overhaul was £3 paint which he used to change the walls from a bland beige to modern light grey.
Meanwhile, the worktops changed from the same beige hue to an expensive-looking wood effect thanks to DC Fix sticky back plastic – which he also used for the cabinets.
Although he admitted this was harder than he thought it would be, his hairdryer hack allowed him to get the job done without the hassle, and it helped speed up the process too.
The kitchen was outdated with dark-oak cabinets and cream tiles and walls[/caption]
Nick Richards, 23 from Essex did the whole thing on a budget and claims one simple hairdryer trick helped him[/caption]
“Completing the cabinets and DC Fix was a lot more challenging than I anticipated. I thought I’d get it done in about two hours but I was wrong!” he told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
“However, I did end up learning a good trick for wrapping DC Fix that prevents air bubbles…,” he explained.
“Use a hair dryer when you’re applying it. When smoothing the plastic around the edges and corners, the hair dryer helped to slightly melt the plastic to make it softer and more pliable.
“The idea of using DC Fix to cover the cabinets and worktops came about because I have a part time job in a hardware retailer and I’ve spoken to a few customers over the past year about them using it for their own kitchen projects. I thought it would be a great way to give our kitchen a little makeover on a budget.”
Nick revealed that his kitchen was installed about six years ago by the local council, and although they picked the design at the time, they now wanted something “more modern and fresh.”
He used DC Fix sticky-back plastic on the worktops and cabinets and a hairdryer allowed him to speed up the process[/caption]
The simple hack meant no air bubbles on his new work tops and it made the job easier (pictured before)[/caption]
He said: “We wanted to make over the kitchen because we wanted something more to our taste and a little bit more modern and fresh. We don’t have permission to physically change anything so everything is 100% cosmetically done and reversible.
“The main motivation for our new kitchen project was to brighten up the space. Our previous design with walnut cabinets made it look quite dark overall.”
In addition to changing the colour of the tiles, worktops and cabinets, handy Nick also swapped the boring silver handles with stylish new black ones.
Nick sourced everything he needed from B&Q, Ikea and Amazon and the first stop was B&Q, where he got GoodHome White Tile Paint for £20.
He then spotted a major bargain, where a 5 litre tub of Dulux Pebble Shore Matt Emulsion paint was reduced from £26 to £3.
Nick shared a clip on YouTube detailing the project[/caption]
He also swapped the boring silver kitchen handles for stylish black ones instead[/caption]
He went on to purchase B&Q Wallpaper Smoother for £3.32 and ten rolls of DC Fix Plain Gloss White for £5 each, which he used for the cabinets – as well as three rolls of DC Fix Oak Woodgrain Effect at £10 each.
Ikea was the next stop, where Nick picked up some supplies to match the new colour scheme, including chair hooks for £3, a large chopping board for £10, a small chopping board for £9 and a black draining set for £7.
These were, of course, optional, so the overall renovation cost could have been even less.
Finally, Nick purchased a pack of 20 black kitchen handles from Amazon for £17.55, bringing the total to “roughly £170,” he said.
He tackled the paint work first, targeting the walls and tiles, which Nick said was a “pretty straightforward process.”
“There are a few brush strokes visible on the tiles if you look closely but it’s not too bad,” he explained, adding that the sticky-back plastic was by far the most tricky part.
“The main process was applying the DC Fix to the cabinets and worktop surfaces. It involved cutting a length that was slightly larger than the cabinet or worktop, then starting from one corner, gradually peeling and smoothing the DC Fix onto the surface.
The new work tops now look like expensive timber thanks to sticky-back plastic[/caption]
“Using a wallpaper smoother tool definitely helped to get a neater finish and reduce the amount of air bubbles that formed.
“After I had the DC Fix where I wanted it, it was then time to cut around the edges with a stanley knife and fit it perfectly to size.”
Overall, Nick is thrilled with the results of his transformation and happy that he learned from the project.
He has gone on to post regular updates on his budget DIY renovations on Instagram and YouTube where he revealed the project the more detail.
“It does take some time to get into a good rhythm and process when applying the DC Fix, but everyone always has their own ways of doing things!
Nick is a YouTuber and also works part-time in retail[/caption]
“If I was going to do this makeover again, I think maybe I would have done something a bit more exciting with the tiles rather than just painting them.
“While they did turn out nicely, I think either putting some type of self adhesive tiling on top, or even a different coloured paint than white would have made the tile design look more exciting.”
Nick was also pleased that he managed to get the job done himself on a budget with “no professional quote.”
He said: “We always try and give DIY a go before getting the professionals in – best way to save some money (as long as you are confident enough to do some DIY yourself!)”
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Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: ‘Nick’s kitchen upgrade will no doubt help plenty of people living in rented flats or houses, where they are restricted when it comes to how they decorate the place.
“As Nick has proven here, DIY transformations don’t have to be drastic or flashy to make a difference. A few subtle changes to the colour scheme and a lick of paint can be all you need to make a space feel completely new.
“DC Fix is quickly growing in popularity, and for good reason – it’s a great solution for those on a budget looking for a reversible decorative option.
“Just don’t put anything directly from the oven onto this style of worktop cover, as it’s only generally heat resistant up to temperatures of around 75 degrees Celsius.”
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