Usually on a Friday, I share five frugal things that I’ve done during that week just to show you that the small things you do all add up but this week, I thought I’d share some of the frugal things I’ve done during my kitchen makeover.
It does mean it’s a bit ‘spendy’ but I think I’ve got a brand new looking kitchen for a fraction of the price so hopefully you’re good with that.
1) I went into a lot of detail about the actual spray painting part of the kitchen makeover on Monday so I won’t go into too much detail but it’s definitely worth a read – especially if you’re a fan of before and after pictures.
I’ve been considering a new kitchen for a few years now but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on it as it was really just for cosmetic reasons that I wanted it replacing. I went for a kitchen respray by a local company and they did an amazing job at a fraction of the price so I got what I wanted without having to shell out a fortune.
2) I’ve been after some nice new kitchen storage containers for a while now but didn’t want to spend a fortune as the ones I had were nice. More than nice to be fair – I had a lovely set of Orla Kiely containers and some nice glass sweetie style jars that did the job but they just weren’t my style any more.
It feels so wasteful buying something for that reason so I really wanted to spend as little as possible replacing what I had so I just went with some glass jars from Tesco that cost me between £2 and £3 each and labelled them myself.
They’re so basic but they really fit in well and make the shelves look so much less cluttered. Also, the old containers were re-homed with someone who can love them much more than I could.
3) I replaced my dining table with a new one that I bought off eBay for £100! It came with four chairs that were a bit too modern looking for me so I sold them on and got more than half of what I paid for the table making it even more of a bargain buy.
It’s the perfect size for our room as it doesn’t take up much space but then extends to a six-seater if we need extra space and it’s in such good condition that you would have thought it was brand new!
4) I was planning on getting new handles for all the doors and drawers but I decided to stick with the handles I had and gave them a good old overnight soak in Zoflora and hot water.
After a good scrub, they were literally as good as new and the silver looks amazing against the white of the units!
I was super tempted to buy new ones as there were some lovely ones online when I was looking but the ones I liked were upwards of £5 each and I just don’t think they would have looked much better than the old scrubbed up ones.
5) And finally, I didn’t give in to the temptation to replace what didn’t need replacing.
As much as I really wanted some new more grown-up artwork for the wall, I kept my Oh La Laaa print that I bought when Miss Frugal and I booked a trip to LA. I bought it because it made me smile and the clock we had up there had stopped working so I needed something to fill the gap but it was only ever going to be a temporary fix while I found something to go up on that wall. I never found anything I loved (or at least anything I loved within budget) so I’m just going to admit defeat and this can stay.
I was also tempted to replace the drawers as they’re a bit chipped in places but I actually used some white Sugru to fill in the chips and you can only tell if you get close up so I’m really pleased with my make do and mend job here.
What have you been up to this week that’s saved you some money?
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