DIY fan gives outdated kitchen an amazing makeover using Wilko bargains & saves a fortune by doing EVERYTHING herself

A DIY enthusiast has shown off the incredible result of hard work and creativity after completely transforming her outdated kitchen on the cheap.

Rachel Rose wanted a brand new kitchen for her Glasgow home, but wanted to keep the costs down – so took to it with a paintbrush instead giving is a bright, modern makeover.

Rachel Rose gave her kitchen a cheap makeover and it looks incredible

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Rachel Rose gave her kitchen a cheap makeover and it looks incredibleCredit: Rachel Rose/ Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It/Facebook

Opting for a white-wash, modern look, Rachel, who shares her home interiors on Instagram, said she achieved the look by painting the cupboards with Wilko paint and tackled the work tops with modern marble-effect sticky-back plastic.

But the DIY fan thought of everything – even a solution for extra storage.

Rachel said she picked up some storage extenders from The Range for just £3 which helped her declutter and store more in the cupboards.

Speaking of the cost involved, Rachel told Fabulous that she was gifted the Wilko cupboard paint, which normally costs £20 a tin – which meant saving some extra money.

Her and her boyfriend are selling the house and wanted to spruce up the outdated space

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Her and her boyfriend are selling the house and wanted to spruce up the outdated spaceCredit: Rachel Rose/ Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It/Facebook

Before adding a lick of paint, she washed the cupboards down with sugar soap and lightly sanded them before adding a primer and a couple of coats of paint.

Detailing the process, she revealed: “The work top was in good enough condition but just needed updated so we vinyl wrapped it. It was from a company called create your world- total cost for that was £18.

“The accessories I had already got but not found a place for so that saved money there. Shelving was upcycled with the same furniture paint. Luckily the tiles didn’t need upcycled so they just got cleaned and then I regrouted them with a pen that costs £5! “

Rachel also replaced the blinds with new ones from The Range which cost her £22.99, and thought up a clever way to fix her uneven floors without it costing a fortune.

She used cupboard paint and sticky-back plastic to achieve the look

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She used cupboard paint and sticky-back plastic to achieve the lookCredit: Rachel Rose/ Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It/Facebook
They even found a cheap way to fix the uneven floors by watching Youtube clips

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They even found a cheap way to fix the uneven floors by watching Youtube clipsCredit: Rachel Rose/ Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It/Facebook

To avoid the extra costs involved in replacing the floor, Rachel said: ” We saved money by buying the self levelling concrete x2 bags for £20 each from wickes and followed youtube videos to lay it ourselves.”

And added: “The underlay was from b&q it was £7.50 per pack we got 3x packs but only needed 2x so we are using the rest for around the flat.

“The flooring is deco click vinyl which is super easy to lay and cut yourself as it clicks into place. That was on offer at b&m and we got it for roughly £22 per box

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Mum-to-be transforms drab kitchen with Frenchic paint & B&Q bargains

THEY say your kitchen is the heart of the home – but there’s no denying that they’re one of the most expensive rooms to renovate.

Well if you fancy taking on a home improvement project in time for Christmas, then you might want to take notes from savvy mum-to-be Dearbhaile Cooke.

The mum-to-be painted over the pine cupboards using Frenchic's Blackjack paint

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The mum-to-be painted over the pine cupboards using Frenchic’s Blackjack paintCredit: Dearbhaile Cooke

The 29-year-old – who is currently nine months pregnant – has revealed how she transformed her drab kitchen using Frenchic paint and by adding a trendy new sink from B&Q.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the mum-to-be explained how the kitchen makeover helped “pass the time” during her final weeks of pregnancy.

Rather than replacing the dated wooden cabinets, Dearbhaile decided to paint over the pine using two tins of Frenchic’s Blackjack paint – which cost £54.

The DIY fan had previously used the paint to decorate her brother’s kitchen and knew she wanted to have it somewhere in her own home.

Dearbhaile's kitchen pictured before the transformation

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Dearbhaile’s kitchen pictured before the transformationCredit: Dearbhaile Cooke
The mum wanted to get her living space ready for her baby's arrival

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The mum wanted to get her living space ready for her baby’s arrivalCredit: Dearbhaile Cooke

She said: “I loved the paint and colour from then. As I had four weeks to my due date I thought it would help pass the end of the pregnancy for me and make these last weeks go quicker; it certainly did! Some days I was there from 11am to 8pm that night.”

Once she’d given the cupboards a new lease of life, Dearbhaile then spray-painted the handles to give them a trendy chrome sheen.

“We also bought a new sink and taps for £120 from B&Q, and the lights were from Homebase,” the mum explained. “The dining area one was £120 and the kitchen one £40.”

Rather than having a whole new kitchen fitted, Dearbhaile and her fiancé Gary sourced a new marble-effect worktop from a local Belfast supplier for £200.

She finished off the kitchen with a new B&Q sink and Homebase lighting

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She finished off the kitchen with a new B&Q sink and Homebase lighting Credit: Dearbhaile Cooke

Meanwhile, the white subway tiles in the kitchen set them back a further £120.

Delighted with how her kitchen is now looking, the mum then posted pictures of the transformation on the Facebook group The Frenchic Fan Forum.

And needless to say, other DIY fans were blown away by her efforts.

One replied: “That’s some serious nesting! Enjoy and put your feet up now.”

“I’m moving into your kitchen,” another joked: “Non-negotiable!”

A third wrote: “Wow it looks amazing.”

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Lebanon: Aoun Bargains with Interior, Finance Ministries to Keep Control Over Energy

Lebanese President Michel Aoun is responsible for the delay in the formation of the new government, Lebanese political sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The president’s first priority, according to the sources, is to bring back his son-in-law, former Minister and MP Gebran Bassil, to the forefront, and to reserve the largest number of ministerial seats for his Christian bloc, including the ministry of Energy.

The political sources revealed that the General Security chief, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, has been working behind the scene to resolve the nodes that are hindering the cabinet formation. Ibrahim has recently met with Aoun, who informed him that he favored a government of 24 specialists of political background, “to facilitate the implementation of reforms.”

According to the sources, Aoun supports, in one way or another, Bassil’s request to implement rotation in the redistribution of portfolios to the different sects. They said he suggested that the financial and the interior ministries be the share of the Christians, in exchange for assigning the defense and foreign ministries to the Muslims.

The same sources explained that Aoun wanted to convey a message that the Shiites’ insistence on preserving the finance portfolio – which grants them the authority to sign the decrees of a financial nature – does not give them the right to veto the redistribution of ministerial portfolios.

In other words, Aoun – according to these sources – absolutely refuses any party to use the right of veto to prevent the allocation of the ministry of Energy to a Christian minister. The president considers the energy as an exclusive right to his political party, led by Bassil.

Therefore, the sources said Aoun was bargaining with the Interior and Finance ministries, in exchange for maintaining the energy within his share.

Moreover, the president’s insistence on forming an expanded government was aimed at bringing Bassil to the forefront, in light of the rejection of the Lebanese Forces and the Kataeb party to participate in the government, according to the sources.

However, Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib would not approve a cabinet of 24 ministers and insisted on excluding Bassil from his ongoing talks with Aoun.

Adib is also working to prepare a draft ministerial lineup that he would present to the Baabda Palace at the end of this week.

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