DIY Budget Kitchen Revamp... The results

How I transformed my kitchen into a minimalist, Japandi-inspired haven on a shoestring budget.


Firstly, I'm sorry for telling you a big, fat lie! I wrote a blog post at the start of the year promising that I would work fast on this kitchen makeover and wouldn't keep you waiting for ages on a progress update and here we are months later and I'm only just getting round to it. In my defence, I have squeezed in quite a few other projects in between and the kitchen project itself kept getting more and more involved. If you follow me on Instagram or Tiktok, you'll have seen lots of progress pics, but it's not easy to share the detail on social media, so here's the skinny...

A quick recap

If you haven't read my original post or if you read it months ago and need a reminder, here's what the old kitchen looked like...

The main issues I was trying to resolve without spending a fortune (the budget was hundreds not thousands) are listed below and all the work had to be DIY-able...

1. Small & dark

The downstairs of our house was extended by the then owners, back in the 1980s. They simply stuck an extra room on the back of the house (no, literally! They didn't even add heating or remove the external UPVC window, and instead left it in place as a very odd barrier between the kitchen and extension). We had the window frame removed when we bought the house but didn't have the budget to open up the space fully, which would require a giant (expensive) piece of steel. The extension offered extra space but created issues by making the middle room feel like a corridor between the original front room and the new back room and because they didn't add any side windows, the extra distance to a natural light source meant the kitchen area could be dark at times. We installed some bifold doors a few years back which helped the light issue, but there was still work to do.

2. Floating fridge