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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Woman transforms her drab kitchen while nine months pregnant

A mother-to-be has unveiled her stunning kitchen transformation – which she completed while almost nine months pregnant.

Dearbhaile Cooke, 29, from Belfast, got the keys to her new home when she was eight months gone and was desperate to renovate the kitchen before moving in and giving birth.

But rather than shell out on new units, Dearbhaile spent hours coating the dated pine doors a chic shade of black using Frenchic paint.

Dearbhaile Cooke, 29, from Belfast, pictured, got the keys to her new home when she was eight months pregnant and was desperate to renovate the kitchen before moving in and giving birth

Dearbhaile Cooke, 29, from Belfast, pictured, got the keys to her new home when she was eight months pregnant and was desperate to renovate the kitchen before moving in and giving birth

Pictured: the kitchen before its transformation, with pine units, grey worktops and multi-coloured wall and floor tiles

Pictured: the kitchen before its transformation, with pine units, grey worktops and multi-coloured wall and floor tiles

Rather than shell out on new units, Dearbhaile spent hours coated the dated pine doors a chic black using Frenchic paint

Rather than shell out on new units, Dearbhaile spent hours coated the dated pine doors a chic black using Frenchic paint

Dearbhaile said she is delighted with the end result, and it was worth the many hours she put into painting while nearly nine months pregnant

Dearbhaile said she is delighted with the end result, and it was worth the many hours she put into painting while nearly nine months pregnant

She and her fiancé Gary also replaced the worktop, tiles and floor – and Dearbhaile, already mother to a 10-year-old son, shared her handiwork on the Frenchic Fan Forum Facebook page, where fellow DIY enthusiasts raved over her stylish makeover.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Dearbhaile – who works part-time as a midwife and an aesthetic practitioner – claimed the laborious paint job helped ‘pass the time’ while she was heavily pregnant.

‘We wanted to have the house a home for our new arrival,’ she explained.

‘We planned on doing the whole downstairs and not worry so much about upstairs until after the baby is born. The house was very dated everything was wood and pine.  

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After

Speaking to FEMAIL, Dearbhaile – who works part-time as a midwife and an aesthetic practitioner – claimed the laborious paint job helped ‘pass the time’ while she was heavily pregnant. Pictured: the kitchen and dining area before and after its makeover

‘I did all the painting myself. My dad took all the cupboard doors off for me. It took four coats, and I went through two tins of Blackjack, costing £54.

‘I couldn’t say how long it took but all the hours I spent, it was a lot! I helped my sister paint my brother’s kitchen in the exact same paint as a surprise for his 40th – we did this in one day while he was at work, but there were four of us working together so that was doable!

‘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.’ 

The couple sourced a new worktop for just over £200 and bought their wall and floor tiles from a local Belfast supplier, Right Price Tiles. She also sprayed the existing unit handles in chrome

The couple sourced a new worktop for just over £200 and bought their wall and floor tiles from a local Belfast supplier, Right Price Tiles. She also sprayed the existing unit handles in chrome

Dearbhaile admitted she was shocked by the reaction on the Frenchic forum, which saw her attract more than 6,200 likes and 645 comments

Dearbhaile admitted she

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