Homeowner transforms dull kitchen for under £250 using ‘cheap decorating hacks’

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Annabelle Taylor, 26, lives with her partner Joe Wyatt, 31, in West Yorkshire. Fed up with their lacklustre kitchen, the couple decided to transform the dark room into a lively, colourful pastel paradise for under £250 using “lots of cheap decorating hacks”. Annabelle, who is the owner of the Instagram account @built.on.love.and.shenanigans, spoke to Swyft Home about her incredible kitchen transformation.

Cheap decorating tips paired with secondhand shopping helped to transform the dull space into a maximalist’s dream.

Annabelle said she loves anything that’s “bold and eye-catching” so she knew decorating her house would be “no different”.

The 26-year-old said she used tester paint pots to upcycle their Welsh dresser.

The tester paint pots were free so rather than spending hundreds on paint, they managed to transform the wooden dresser for free.

Before the transformation, Annabelle’s kitchen worktops were a dark wooden material.

Replacing worktops doesn’t come cheap so to keep the price down, she used a £28 hack.

She said: “When we first moved in I hated the worktops and I found it to be quite a dark space, so I really wanted white marble worktops to lighten the space up, however that would have cost a fortune.

“I found white marble vinyl wrap for £7 a roll and managed to do the whole kitchen for £28.”

One of the kitchen’s “biggest changes” was the tea/coffee station which was originally just a set of cupboards.

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Despite the kitchen’s generous size, the cupboards on the wall made the space look small.

Annabelle decided she wanted to go open-plan so used her family’s Welsh dresser as a shelving system for her cups and saucers.

She used the top part of the cabinet to create shelves, painting them baby pink and pale blue using tester pots.

She then attached hooks to the bottom of the shelves and added some cheap stick on floor tiles to the wall to create a splash back.

“It has completely opened up and transformed the space,” she added.

To match the new decor, Annabelle has made sure all her appliances are pastel colours.

The tea and coffee station includes a pastel pink coffee maker, pink canisters and a baby blue kettle.

The walls have also been painted a very pale pink colour.

Other walls in the kitchen are covered in bold art prints and photographs.

A shelve with cookery books has also been installed along with lemon print wallpaper.

A blue LED light has also been put in the kitchen.

The sign reads “this home is built on love & shenanigans”.

Annabelle said one of her biggest tips for saving money when renovating a space is to shop around.

She said her and Joe upcyled after finding “super cheap” furniture on Facebook marketplace.

She added: “Also, try accessorising what you already have, this can be a great way to give something a new lease of life and transform a space.”

Check out @built.on.love.and.shenanigans and Swyft Home

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