A mum has revealed how she saved a fortune by transforming her kitchen using budget items.

Julie Pentelow, 32, from Swindon, wanted to give her cabinets a new look, so she decided to do it herself.

The teaching assistant started by browsing the internet for different ideas, before falling in love with a monochrome design.

She managed to pick up several items on a budget from stores like Asda, B&M and Ikea.

Now Julie is "really happy" with the way her kitchen turned out after revealing details of the transformation.

Speaking to LatestDeals.co.uk, she said: "I browsed the internet for ideas and fell in love with monochrome and minimalist designs."

She added: "I used Loft Grey Satin V33 Cupboard and Cabinet paint from B&Q, a 2L tub cost £38 and it did all my kitchen cupboards.

"I managed to paint my bannister and kitchen table with the same tub. I used Dulux Rock Salt on the walls.

"I also used a Dark Grey Grout Pen off Amazon which cost £3.99 to go around my old kitchen tiles that made them look new.

"I even picked up an artificial hanging plant from Ikea for £6 and a hanging plant in a glass jar for £4 from B&M."

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Julie started by giving her kitchen a good clean to make sure there wasn't any residue before painting.

Next she used a mini foam roller to apply the paint which gave it a smooth finish.

The mum claimed it wasn't simple getting the project done with two young children.

She admitted: "Sometimes I didn't have time to work on it as they would either be near the wet paint or distract me."

Fortunately Julie had her husband distract their kids so she could get to work without any distractions.

She revealed: "I made the most of the fact I have a day off during the week to fit in some work.

"This meant I had some windows of time to get the job done while my youngest was napping."

Julie's hard work has received praise from family and friends who "complimented" her job in the kitchen.

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Co-founder of LatestDeals Tom Church said: "Julie should be proud of the professional job she's completed while juggling a busy life.

"The cupboards look very chic now in grey and the kitchen looks completely transformed."

Now she's revealed her top tips for painting kitchen cabinets which will ensure they last:

  1. Clean the wood first
  2. Remove the doors and drawers
  3. Sand them down
  4. Elevate your cabinets
  5. Use a primer

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