Bloke reveals how he transformed his kitchen on a tiny budget with this simple hairdryer trick
An accomplished handyman desperate for a fresh, new kitchen converted his own on a tiny budget – and a little-known Föntrick helped him do it.
Nick Richards, 23, from Essex, lives in public housing so his options were limited – but he now has a brand new room with very little effort.
The kitchen is now fresh and bright thanks to the paint and some leftover plasticPhoto credit: lastdeals.co.uk
The YouTuber and part-time retail clerk spent just £ 170 to get the job done and shop for supplies from B&Q, Amazon, and Ikea.
The secret of the kitchen overhaul was a £ 3 paint that he used to transform the walls from a dull beige to a modern light gray.
In the meantime, thanks to DC Fix adhesive backing plastic – which he also used for the cupboards – the worktops have changed from the same beige shade to an expensive wood look.
Although he admitted that this was harder than he thought, his blow dryer hack allowed him to get the job done with no issues, and it also helped speed up the process.
The kitchen was dated with dark oak cabinets and cream tiles and walls?Photo credit: lastdeals.co.uk
Nick Richards, 23 from Essex, did it on a budget and claims a simple blow dryer trick helped himPhoto credit: lastdeals.co.uk
“Finishing the cabinets and DC Fix was a lot harder than I expected. I thought I would do it in about two hours, but I was wrong!” he told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
“However, I learned a good trick for packaging DC Fix that prevents air bubbles …” he explained.
“Use a hair dryer when applying. While smoothing the plastic around the edges and corners, the hair dryer helped melt the plastic slightly to make it softer and more pliable.
“The idea of using DC Fix to clad the cabinets and countertops came about because I have a part-time job at a hardware store and I spoke to some clients over the past year that they thought they were using it for their own kitchen projects great way to give our kitchen a little makeover on a budget. “
Nick revealed that his kitchen was installed by the local council about six years ago, and although they had decided on the design then, they now wanted something “more modern and fresher”.
He used sticky-backed DC Fix plastic on the countertops and cabinets, and a hair dryer allowed him to speed up the processPhoto credit: lastdeals.co.uk
The simple hack meant no air bubbles on his new countertops and made the job easier (pictured earlier)Photo credit: lastdeals.co.uk
He said, “We wanted to redesign the kitchen because we wanted something more to our liking and a bit more modern and fresher. We don’t have permission to change anything physically so everything is 100% cosmetic and reversible.
“The main motivation for our new kitchen project was to brighten the room. Our previous design with walnut cabinets made it look quite dark overall. “
The handy Nick has not only changed the color of the tiles, countertops and cupboards, but has also swapped the boring silver handles for stylish new black ones.
Nick sourced everything he needed from B&Q, Ikea and Amazon and the first stop was B&Q where he bought GoodHome White Tile Paint for £ 20.
Then he discovered a big bargain where a 5 liter tub of Dulux Pebble Shore Matt Emulsion was reduced from £ 26 to £ 3.
Nick shared a clip on YouTube detailing the projectPhoto credit: lastdeals.co.uk
Instead, he has swapped the boring silver kitchen handles for stylish black onesPhoto credit: lastdeals.co.uk
He bought B&Q Wallpaper Smoother for £ 3.32 and ten rolls of DC Fix Plain Gloss White for £ 5 each, which he used for the cabinets – and three rolls of DC Fix Oak Woodgrain Effect for £ 10 each.
Ikea was the next stop, where Nick got some supplies that matched the new color scheme, including chair hooks for £ 3, a large cutting board for £ 10, a small cutting board for £ 9, and a black drainer kit for £ 7.
These were of course optional, so the total cost of the renovation would have been even lower.
Eventually Nick bought a pack of 20 black kitchen handles from Amazon for £ 17.55, bringing the total to “about £ 170,” he said.
He tackled the painting first, aiming at the walls and tiles in what Nick described as a “fairly straightforward process”.
“If you look closely, you can see a few brushstrokes on the tiles, but that’s not that bad,” he explained, adding that the sticky plastic was by far the hardest part.
“The main process was applying the DC Fix to the cabinets and countertop surfaces. It consisted of cutting a length slightly larger than the cabinet or countertop and then starting from one corner gradually peeling and smoothing the DC Fix onto the surface.
Thanks to the plastic on the back, the new worktops now look like expensive woodPhoto credit: lastdeals.co.uk
“Using a wallpaper trowel definitely helped achieve a cleaner finish and reduced the amount of air bubbles that formed.
“After I got the DC Fix where I wanted it, it was time to use a Stanley knife to cut the edges and fit perfectly.”
Overall, Nick is delighted with the results of his transformation and happy that he has learned from the project.
He posted regular updates on his budget DIY renovations on Instagram and YouTube, revealing the project in more detail.
“It takes a while to get into a good rhythm and process when applying the DC Fix, but everyone always has their own way of doing things!
Nick is a YouTuber and works in retail on the sidePhoto credit: lastdeals.co.uk
“If I had done this makeover all over again, I might have done something more exciting with the tiles than just painting them.
“While they turned out well, I think either putting some kind of self-adhesive tile on it or even a color other than white would have made the tile design more exciting.”
Nick was also pleased that he managed to do the job himself on a budget with no professional offer.
He said, “We always try to try DIY before we get the pros – the best way to save some money (as long as you’re confident enough to do something DIY yourself!)”
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Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said, “Nick’s kitchen upgrade will no doubt help many people who live in rented apartments or houses where they are limited in decorating the place.
“As Nick proved here, DIY transformations don’t have to be drastic or noticeable to make a difference. A few subtle changes to the color scheme and a coat of paint can be all it takes to give a room a whole new feel.
“DC Fix is growing in popularity, and for good reason – it’s a great solution for anyone on a budget and looking for a reversible decorating option.
“Nothing should be placed directly from the oven on this type of worktop cover, as it is generally only heat-resistant up to a temperature of around 75 degrees Celsius.”
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