DIY couple transform outdated kitchen into chic new space – saving £5,700 in the process

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DIY newbies Georgia Davies, 22 and Regan Sadd, 25, from Bridgend, South Wales, managed to save themselves £5,700 revamping their kitchen, taking advantage of deals from Amazon, B&Q and Wickes. After being quoted £7,000 by a company for the kitchen alone, the couple decided to take on the challenge themselves.

Georgia said: “I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the quote. This is the first house that we bought at the start of lockdown and because of the pandemic, we had to pay a 15 percent deposit, which left us with a tiny budget to complete our renovations.”

The couple spoke exclusively to to share their DIY experience.

Georgia added: “As I said, we had to pay a 15 percent deposit as opposed to our desired five percent deposit which left us with very little to put back into the house.

“The kitchen needed a facelift and a lot of TLC and there was no chance we were going to fork out £7,000 for the kitchen alone without any of the tiling, lighting, painting.

“It seemed a huge waste to throw away all the units and cupboard doors when there was absolutely nothing wrong with them other than the fact that they were outdated and not to our colour taste.”

The couple managed to pick up a tub of paint from Amazon for £19.90, to upcycle the kitchen cupboards.

Regan said: “We shopped around for door handles and found a pack of 30 on Amazon for £25 which covered the entire kitchen.

“Because we decided on black doors, we thought we would balance the room out by painting all the walls with fresh white paint, which we also got from Amazon for £15.

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“My cousin is an electrician and fitted our spotlights for free, so we only paid for the spotlights themselves which were £50 for a pack of ten from B&Q.

“We also found the perfect colour worktop from B&Q and paid £76 for three metres and then £136 for the breakfast bar.

“By the time we paid for the edging and glue (which cost us £33 from Screwfix) the cost so far was £397 which we were more than happy with.”

A local carpenter then fitted the worktop for the couple, setting them back £300.

However, Georgia’s dad, who is a well-rounded tradesman, was able to fit their sink as well as do all the plumbing work.

This meant the couple were able to save some money in the process.

The sink and tap, which the couple picked up from Screwfix, was £80.

Georgia said: “Finally, we found the most gorgeous tiles in Wickes, we didn’t even look at the price at first because they were the only ones we really liked, made even better by the fact that they were only £9 a box.

“We taught ourselves how to tile through YouTube videos and tiled the whole kitchen.

“The tiles in total came to around £300 including the grout and adhesive. All that hard work resulted in a happy couple with a happy bank balance!”

The couple’s top money-saving tip included seeing what you can do yourself before you look for expertise.

Georgia and Regan taught themselves how to tile, as well as painted and fixed many of the fittings, saving thousands in the process.

Stuart McClure, co-founder of, commented: “Kitchens can be a huge expense to renovate, the labour costs are usually the biggest expense.

“It’s great to see Georgia and Regan create their dream kitchen by sourcing the labour between family and friends.”

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