DIY fanatic who was quoted £22k for her dream kitchen does it on a budget instead saving herself thousands

IF YOU rely on the help of professional builders to get some work done on your home, chances are you'll be quoted a fortune for the job.

This was the case for one woman, Sooz Levache,who was quoted a whopping £22k for her new kitchen- but she ended up saving thousands by doing the job herself.

The tired space was in need of some sprucing up as it featured outdated brown and beige cabinetry and tiles.

So armed with a paint brush and a toolkit, the crafty mum got to work on the kitchen and ended up with a stunning bold space complete with modern green hues and chic timber finishes.

Understandably impressed by the finished look, Sooz – who shares pictures of home renovations on Instagram -shared the new kitchen online in the DIY On A Budget UK Facebook where it was met with a huge amount of praise.

Explaining the process, she wrote: "I was quoted over £22k for a new kitchen (sun bleached units from the Veluxes, dated tiles and a ruined worktop) I didn’t have the funds so instead kitchen cupboards were painted, tiles (from Topps) replaced, worktop- sanded, dyed and oiled, handles and drawer pulls replaced.

What she used:

  • Clock from TK Maxx
  • Toaster from M&S in the clearance sale
  • Paint colour -F&B Downpipe
  • Rug – outdoor rug from Ikea
  • Painting – by Lucienne VanLeijen
  • Rocking chair-£5 upcycled using Frenchic Lipstick colour
  • ok poster – HamJam prints
  • Worktop dye- Liberon dye in medium oak
  • Worktop oil- Liberon Pure Tung Oil
  • Canisters – Homesense
  • Vintage scales -old antique shop find
  • Vintage milk bottle- Asda home
  • Chopping boards-Morrison’s


And added: "Isn’t the dream kitchen I had in my head but I love it and have saved thousands in the process and learnt lots."

After many requests, she also revealed where she'd picked up everything from saying that Morrison's, Asda and Ikea were among her picks.

"Fantastic! Just fabulous. What a transformation," one person gushed.

And another raved: "It looks fab. It's amazing what you can do with a lot of patience and determination 

With a third adding: "It truly is one of the loveliest kitchen transformations I’ve seen in a long time, I love it."

Responding to some comment, Snooz revealed that she ended up spending about £400 on the entire transformation, as well as pulling a few bits from around the home to complete the look.

The creative mum has been sharing a glimpse of her newly renovated home on her Instagram page, Bananashed Home which show some seriously impressive decor and super modern trends.

In other DIY related news, we showed how a woman transformed her drab staircase with stylish wood panelling and the whole look only cost her £30.

And a woman created an amazing feature wall for a tenner using sticky back plastic and a mirror she made for £1.

Plus a clever mum uses the hole in her sink to fit a soap dispenser – and claims washing up has never been easier.

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