See how this drab kitchen was given a brilliant blue makeover for just £300

We applaud her bold choice of colour

The kitchen is one of the most costly rooms of the home to renovate, but you can make a massive difference to how it feels with some simple, budget tricks. One DIY fan has proven this to be true by transforming her drab kitchen for £300.

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At 37 weeks pregnant, most mums-to-be are taking it easy. But Eloise Mitsides-Willumsen decided to show her kitchen some love in time for her baby boy's arrival. Eloise follows some DIY makeover pages online and was really inspired by other people's transformations. 'I was curious to see what I could do myself,' she tells Ideal Home.

Budget blue kitchen transformation


white kitchen with cabinets and washing machine

(Image credit: Eloise Mitsides Willumsen)

She set to work decorating her kitchen all while trying to keep to a tight budget. Eloise applied geometric kitchen tile decals from discount store One Below over the original 'plain and dull' tiles. Then, she covered the grey kitchen counters with an oak effect DC Fix (opens in new tab), which only cost £16.


kitchen with blue cabinets and worktop

(Image credit: Eloise Mitsides Willumsen)

'I painted the top cupboards and all the handles, used some offcuts of wood to cover the boiler pipes, painted a feature wall, and hung a floating shelf with some decorative pieces,' she says. As for the flooring, Eloise's husband lay down a new Lino floor bought from a local shop. This step really warms up the space, creating a more homely feel.

Come evening, the space takes on a whole new mood thanks to clever kitchen lighting. 'We used LED strip lighting for £15 from Amazon under the kitchen cupboards to add to the mood in the kitchen,' Eloise says.

kitchen area with worktop and cookpot

(Image credit: Eloise Mitsides Willumsen)

'With the exception of a new washing machine, the total spend for the makeover was only £300,' she says. 'I am a keen home cook and share a lot of my recipes on my social media pages, and having the kitchen improved definitely helps with that and is a nicer environment to cook in!'

Eloise also shared some before-and-after shots on Facebook page Extreme Budget DIY and Life Hacks (opens in new tab). Captioning the pictures, she wrote, 'this has been more rewarding for me than paying £20k for a new kitchen and I wanted to show that you can transform a room on a small budget.'

blue wall with wooden shelf and wall clock

(Image credit: Eloise Mitsides Willumsen)

Her Facebook post soon attracted hundreds of 'likes' and many comments praising her for her DIY skills. 'I love the wooden floor and the navy and copper colour scheme. Also that clock on the wall really adds some character,' one commented. 'This looks beautiful, great job,' said another.

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You can follow Eloise on her Instagram @thecypressgarden (opens in new tab) where she shares food inspiration and recipes.

At Ideal Home, we think the bold colour choice, the copper-coloured handles and addition of faux flowers are what really makes it.

Millie Hurst is Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home. She first joined the team at the start of 2021. Previously, she worked in women’s lifestyle and homes news, writing about everything from budget kitchen makeovers and gardening tips to homeware dupes and cleaning hacks. Millie can often be found looking up trending terms, spotting news stories our readers need to know about and finding ways to decorate her rented flat.