Mum transforms her kitchen for just $1,000 using Kmart goods

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Mum transforms her drab kitchen for just $1,000 after being quoted $50K by professionals: ‘It was well worth the effort’

  •  An Aussie mum has revealed how she transformed her kitchen herself using K-mart products for just $1000 – after being quoted $50,000 by professionals
  • Nga Yeung, from Forest Hill changed her drab kitchen to modern masterpiece
  • Posting to Kmart Hacks & Decor Facebook group, the mum-of-two shared snaps of the transformation with many wowed at the new results

An Aussie mum has revealed how she transformed her kitchen using K-mart products for just $1,000 – after being quoted $50,000 by professionals.

Nga Yeung, from Forest Hill, Victoria, changed her outdated and drab kitchen into a glamorous modern space with grey countertops and white tiles.

Posting to Kmart Hacks & Decor Facebook group, the mum-of-two shared snaps of her old kitchen, which included birch cupboard doors and a white counter.

Nga Yeung, from Forest Hill, Victoria, changed her outdated drab kitchen into a glamorous modern room with grey countertops and white tiles by picking up tiles at her local store. Pictured bfter

An Aussie mum has revealed how she transformed her kitchen herself using K-mart products for just $1000 – after being quoted $50,000 by professionals. Nga Yeung, from Forest Hill, Victoria, changed her outdated drab kitchen into a glamorous modern room with grey countertops and white tiles. Left before, right after

But the new kitchen was much brighter with trendy patterned walls and a more contemporary design. 

‘Got quoted 50k for a kitchen renovation so thought I had nothing to lose by diy-ing my own kitchen update,’ she wrote in the group.

‘Ended up costing me a little over 1k, but I think it was well worth the effort! 

‘Amazing what a lick of paint and Kmart herringbone stick on tiles can do! 

Posting to Kmart Hacks & Decor Facebook group, the mum-of-two shared snaps of her old kitchen, which included birch cupboard doors and white counter. But the new kitchen  (pictured) was much brighter with trendy patterned walls and a more contemporary design

Posting to Kmart Hacks & Decor Facebook group, the mum-of-two shared snaps of her old kitchen, which included birch cupboard doors and white counter. But the new kitchen  (pictured) was much brighter with trendy patterned walls and a more contemporary design

The kitchen before

The kitchen after

Nga added that she had the help of her husband to complete the project, and they both took two weeks off work during the school holidays to do it. She also gave full breakdown of everything she bought, including sanding blocks, cover stain prime, cabinet paint in white satin, tile laminate, a Stanley knife, a ruler and Adhesive 3D Tiles. Left before, right after

‘P.S the herringbone was a b**** to lay, not gonna lie’

What Nga used for her $1000 kitchen revamp

  • 1x Ozito pxc orbital sander
  • 2x 180 grit sanding discs for cabinets
  • 2x Medium sanding blocks
  • 2x Fine sanding blocks
  • 1x 240 grit sanding discs for benchtop
  • 1x Zinsser cover stain primer sealer stain killer (2 coats for cabinets)
  • Dulux renovators cabinet paint white satin 3L (none tinted, 3-4 coats as needed for cabinets)
  • 1x White Knight renew tile and laminate primer (1 coat for benchtop)
  • Paint trays, mineral turps, paint stirrers, Stanley knife, ruler 

  • 1x White Knight tile and laminate paint satin (silk wort tint colour, 2 coats for benchtop)
  • 2x 4mm nap microfibre rollers
  • 2x 38mm and 2x 50mm Angle sash cutter brushes
  • 22x oliver 37mm door knobs from Highgrove Bathrooms
  • Stainless steel splash back (custom size from Control Fab Kilsyth)
  • 9x 5 Pack Self Adhesive 3D Tiles – Herringbone
  • Miscellaneous items extra roller refills, paint 
  • Drop sheets, painters tap, silicone, caulking gun

 

She added that she had the help of her husband to complete the project, and they both took two weeks off work during the school holidays to do it.

‘The 50k we were quoted was to rip out the old kitchen and knock down the stove wall to the dining room then replace all cabinets, add a Island, stone top, tiles and basically a completely different layout,’ she explained. 

She also gave a full breakdown of everything she bought including sanding blocks, cover stain prime, cabinet paint in white satin, tile laminate, a Stanley knife, a ruler and Adhesive 3D Tiles.

Nga even cut around power points herself – but admitted there was ‘a lot of measuring and mistakes’.

‘My tip would be to remove the power caps, cut 3mm less, place it back on and trim any excess as you go to get a close fit’ she wrote. 

She also said she was ‘happy’ with the tiles but said they were ‘very sticky’ and could become stuck on existing grout or silicone. 

‘The whole sheets stick fine over these areas, but the small triangles I had to use some super glue for extra adhesion and will be putting a silicone along the edges of benchtop and cabinets where the tiles meet to hopefully stop them from peeling off.’

Hundreds of people commented on the new kitchen, praising her for the amazing work. 

‘Looks amazing,’ said one.

‘What a change! Looks great!’ added another.

‘What an amazing transformation! Well done you,’ commented one person.

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