The couple converted the entire former board kitchen for £5,000

Before and after photos of the kitchen

The amazing transformation (Photo: @projectbaldwin/Caters)

When Shen Outar and partner Nico Harvey moved into their former council apartment in 2020, they knew she needed a new lease on life.

The couple was eager to renovate their new property, without spending a fortune, and the old kitchen was the starting point.

So Shane, the 26-year-old photographer, decided to look for some of the best deals out there.

With some help from family and friends, the couple were able to transform their entire kitchen for just £5,000.

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The Old Kitchen (Photo: @projectbaldwin/Caters)

Shin and Nico's kitchen after

Their new space (Photo: @projectbaldwin/Caters)

Shane explains: “For £5,000 we were able to replace the sink, countertops, floors, tiles, appliances, appliances, shelves and lights. From looking for alternatives rather than going with a company that would do everything for us, we were able to save around £10,000 in total.

When searching online at places like eBay and Etsy, I was able to find cheaper alternatives. I also love second hand shops, so I like to look at local stores and find decorations. ‘

The couple installed all the shelves and painted all the units and walls themselves – saving over £1,000.

They’ve also saved quite a bit by keeping the lids on the cabinets and shelves and just replacing the doors and handles – rather than just tearing them out and starting over.

If we had wanted to replace them all, it would have cost them another £1,000.

Also, instead of getting marble countertops, they opted for £350 laminate.

Now their kitchen seems unrecognizable.

Shin and Nico's kitchen after

They spent £5,000 on the change (Photo: @projectbaldwin/Caters)

    Shin and Nico together

Shane and Nico are pleased with the results (Image: @projectbaldwin/Caters)

We have replaced all doors and cabinet doors. We took them out and replaced them with MDF,” Shane explains.

We also have a pantry, so we installed shelves in it that fit new worktops for glassware and cooking equipment. When replacing door handles, I found a local seller on Etsy for them – which was a lot cheaper.

We also built a boiler hood because I hate the look of boilers and it was the first thing I saw when entering the kitchen, so we built the cupboards around it to hide it away.

“Then we changed the floors to herringbone wood floors.”

Shane, who has always had an interest in interior design, adds: “I think you can now see the upcoming modern sides where the kitchen is in navy, marble and gold.

“The copper sink was a great addition I also found online, it was a little more expensive at £300, but because we saved so much on cupboards and shelved so well.”

Now the kitchen is complete and the couple says the next project is the toilet.

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