Mrs Hinch fan transforms kitchen for £70 using vinyl wrap and Facebook freebie

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Eleanor Bromley saved hundreds of pounds on her impressive kitchen transformation (Image: LatestDeals)
Eleanor Bromley saved hundreds of pounds on her impressive kitchen transformation (Image: LatestDeals)

A Mrs Hinch fan transformed her kitchen for just £70 using a clever vinyl trick and bagging herself a free extractor fan on Facebook Marketplace.

Eleanor Bromley, a 28-year-old single mum from Farnham, Surrey, covered her kitchen doors and worktop with vinyl wrap from B&Q, completely changing the look and feel of the space.

She also found a free extractor fan on Facebook Marketplace and created a couple of shelves with wood she already had at home.

In total the stylish makeover, which she carried out herself, cost around £70 - hundreds, if not thousands of pounds cheaper than if she'd added new doors, a worktop, fan and shelves and got tradespeople into to fit it all.

Mrs Hinch fan transforms kitchen for £70 using vinyl wrap and Facebook freebie rriqudirriezinvHow Eleanor's kitchen looked before the makeover (LatestDeals)

Eleanor told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : "I follow lots of home Instagram accounts and I am inspired by women such as Mrs Hinch and Stacey Solomon.

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"I am a member of various groups on Facebook related to home improvements so being surrounded by these influences led me to come up with the idea.

"My lounge has got lots of neutral, earthly tones and the kitchen is attached. I tried to keep the style flowing through to the kitchen. Before, I had cabinets and drawers with a pine wood effect and grey countertops.

"I wanted to make it look a little different by giving the counters that wooden feel and turning the cabinets white to make the space look bigger.

"I had seen people using vinyl wrap in their kitchens and I realised I could save a lot of money by doing this myself.

"I bought most of the supplies from B&Q and the total price was around £70."

Mrs Hinch fan transforms kitchen for £70 using vinyl wrap and Facebook freebieEleanor's kitchen after the transformation (LatestDeals)

She bought seven rolls of D-C-Fix Whitewood Gloss White Wood Effect Self-Adhesive Film. at £6.50 each to cover the doors.

For the counters she purchased three rolls of D-C-Fix Woodgrain Artisan Oak Self Adhesive Vinyl Wrap Film at £7 each, as well as a D-C-Fix Self-Adhesive Film Decorator Knife Set for £3.50.

She said: "I knew that getting the wrapping job to look professional would take thorough cleaning, time and patience. To get started, I watched some helpful videos on YouTube to ensure I had a good overview of the process.

"Then the cleaning stage began. I made sure every surface was scrubbed clean and then I dried it thoroughly. Some people use sugar soap for this stage but I just used plain soap and water.

Mrs Hinch fan transforms kitchen for £70 using vinyl wrap and Facebook freebieEleanor wanted the kitchen to flow better with the living room (LatestDeals)

"After that, I lined up the paper on the surface I was covering and cut away any excess. Then I very slowly peeled away a couple of inches at a time and smoothed it down with a special tool using the Decorator Knife Set.

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"My kitchen has very strange angles and it made it tricky to line up the D-C-Fix. Bubbles under the paper were another issue, and you must be extremely slow and patient. If you notice a bubble under the paper you have to peel it back and redo the section all over again!

Eleanor explained that on the YouTube videos she watched, the cupboard doors would be removed so they could be covered while the person sits on the floor. However, as her screws were threaded she wasn't able to remove them.

"I decided to just work directly onto the cupboard fronts while they were still attached. I didn’t find it too bad, other than straining my arms and neck a little more than I would have," she continued.

"I wanted to make the space look more decorative as well, so I collected a free extractor fan from somebody on Facebook Marketplace and I had help with putting it onto the wall securely.

Mrs Hinch fan transforms kitchen for £70 using vinyl wrap and Facebook freebieAll the cupboard doors and the worktop are now covered in a vinyl film (LatestDeals)

"I also had some spare wood lying around so I sawed it down to make some shelves. I hated that the tiles finished directly below the cupboards as it really highlighted the gap between the cupboards. So I figured that adding the shelves would tie it together better.

"I then wrapped the wood with some leftover vinyl to match the worktops. I used some brackets to attach them to the wall. After that, I already had some LED strip lights from Amazon and used them underneath the central shelves. I wish I’d bought one with a dimmer on it so I could choose how bright to have it.

Eleanor said she's delighted with the outcome.

"It was a lot of work - over 20 hours on my own, mostly after my 2-year-old went to sleep! - but it feels worth all my efforts after seeing the results."

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: "Eleanor has done a great job transforming her kitchen on a budget. Getting new countertops and a professional paint or wrapping job would have cost £100s more than the £70 she spent, and I’m also impressed she was able to do it in such a short amount of time!"

Sara Odeen-Isbister

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15.07.2024, 17:44 • Investigation