Mum saves for four years to transform dingy kitchen into dream pink space

Many of us follow interiors accounts on Instagram, and it’s safe to say they can inspire jealousy just as much as they can decor ideas.

It seems like people almost walked into these perfect homes, adding expensive or hard-to-find items that are often out of reach for the average person.

But 30-year-old Natalie’s Instagram is less about showing off an unattainable home, and more about documenting what she calls ‘the never ending renovation’ – which is much more relatable to DIYers on a budget.

Her home in Poulton Le Fylde – which she shares pictures of on Instagram – has been a labour of love, as well as one that’s required scrimping and saving to complete.

Natalie’s favourite transformation is her kitchen, which she saved for for over four years, before turning it from a dingy space – with nowhere for her family to eat – into the pink haven she’d always dreamed of.

Speaking to UK Radiators about how she did it, Natalie wants others to know Rome wasn’t built in a day, and that waiting to make your space ‘you’ makes sense in the long run.

The mum said: ‘In order to save, we cut down on our spending massively. We were having to fork out a lot of money for childcare, but this was a priority, so we had to get clever with saving in other areas of our lives.

‘We didn’t really go on any holidays, we were more frugal with our weekly shops – going to more budget supermarkets or shopping local – and we also set budgets on Christmas and birthday presents.’

Once the family had banked enough to get started, they also looked to cut costs by doing as much as they could themselves. Natalie’s dad is a joiner, so was able to fit the kitchen, and her husband, a qualified electrician, took care of rewiring.

Teaching themselves tiling and looking for bargains and upcycling projects helped reduce their budget even more.

‘I got stuck in ripping the kitchen out which was quite fun and I also did most of the painting myself,’ said Natalie.

‘We made the foliage wall ourselves, I’d seen really expensive ones online for about £280 but found some foliage from IKEA and was able to create a similar look for around £90!

‘I’m always on the lookout for bargains and will wait to buy something until there is a promotion or voucher code. We saved about 40% on the radiator – which was around £250 – by ordering direct from the supplier rather than through the plumbers, and then we saved a further £400 by using leftover wood to build the side table ourselves.’

Pink-obsessed Natalie said the candy hue was the main focus as they got underway picking out accessories and paints. She said: ‘I love maximalist decor and obviously pink. If I see something I love, I’ll find a way to make it work in my home regardless of whether it actually matches!’

The result is the pastel kitchen of Natalie’s dreams, with high-end touches like a farmhouse sink alongside kitschy pieces in her favourite colour.

But, like with any renovation project, it wasn’t totally plain sailing.

‘We did have lots of unexpected issues along the way with things such as leaks and damp,’ said Natalie, which ended up adding to their overall costs.

In total, the transformation cost £9,000, and Natalie recommends others also take time to save cash for renovations (which will also help them choose decor that’ll last).

She says, to those thinking of doing up a room in their house: ‘Spend some time living in your home before you decide how you want to decorate it – we’ve ended up decorating rooms twice because we had rushed it the first time around.’

Natalie added: ‘If you can do any of the work yourself then definitely give it a go! If it’s unskilled work like ripping out stuff or stripping wallpaper, it can really save on labour costs.’

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