Mum-to-be gives lousy kitchen a gray makeover for under £ 60 with French paint

Many of us are fed up with our interior design after lockdown – because no one likes to look at the same four walls all day.

Unfortunately, renovations can cost thousands.

And not many people can afford to save money right now.

Fortunately, this is where the tinkering comes in – with many Brits rolling up their sleeves and trying to do it for under £ 100.

Teacher assistant Chloe Bradley, 22, and her boyfriend, Tom, bought their first home last year.

They loved their new home, but weren’t thrilled with the cooking.

So instead of spending a fortune to replace counters and surfaces, Chloe decided to try her hand at French painting.

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The kitchen was moved into their new build before they booked it – so they couldn’t change color

And, she totally remodeled the bedroom for under £ 60 – all during pregnancy.

Chloe, of Stockton-on-Tees, told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “We bought our first home just under a year ago.

“While it wasn’t horrible food, it really wasn’t to our liking and wasn’t what we would have chosen.”

As the couple had a baby on the way, they didn’t want to shell out to replace the units.



Chloe saves most of her money for the new baby

Chloe continued, “I had seen a lot of people on Facebook using French paint to recycle their furniture and kitchens.

“I ordered two boxes of Frenchic Al Fresco Greyhound paint from their website for £ 17 each.”

The mother-to-be removed a few doors at a time and unscrewed the handles.

She then wiped them down with a little sugar soap and a clean cloth to remove any remaining grease or dirt.

This is important because the leftover dirt can cause bubbles in the paint.

Chloe said: “The doors were very shiny initially, so I had to sand the surface of the doors with sandpaper to help the paint stick better.”

She then painted each door using a French brush.

Chloe painted in four very thin coats.



The new gray color is very trendy

She added, “The key to using this paint is very thin coats and leaving an hour between each coat.

“The first layer always looks terrible, which can make you panic and think, ‘oh no, what have I done?’

“But in the fourth layer you get a really nice flat surface.

“After I painted all the doors and reattached them, I let the paint dry for a few days before putting the handles back in place.”



Kitchen renovations are one of the most expensive parts of a home improvement and can cost thousands of pounds to undertake.

Chloe, who shares her home makeovers on Instagram at @chloeandtomshome, loves the new space.

Mainly because it cost him less than £ 60 for all of his supplies.

A can of Greyhound Al Fresco paint costs £ 17.95 for 750ml.

Chloe said: “Honestly, I’m so happy with how it turned out. Can’t believe it’s the same kitchen!”

She continued, “Doing it myself using French paint has saved me literally hundreds of pounds.

“I would definitely recommend this paint to anyone looking to upgrade their kitchen and are on a tight budget.”

What an incredible transformation!

We love it!

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