A DIY savvy pair saved hundreds on their green kitchen makeover using scaffold boards

They've made a very beige space into a warm and inviting spot for socialising

A thrifty couple has given their bland kitchen a stylish makeover, saving hundreds of pounds by doing it all themselves. Kayleigh and her husband redecorated both the kitchen and dining area by giving it a fresh lick of sage green paint.

Plus, they made their own dining table and shelving out of scaffold boards sourced for free. Kayleigh spent weeks looking at kitchen ideas on Pinterest, making mood boards and refining her design.

The result: a sociable, functional space that they've truly put their stamp on.


Beige kitchen with wooden dining table

(Image credit: Kayleigh Gibson)

Previously, the kitchen was decorated in a neutral palette, with a much smaller dining table. 'I really liked the idea of lots of wood,' says Kayleigh.

'It's a big area, and I knew buying solid wood shelving would be out of our budget.' So the scaffold boards were a great alternative that enabled them keep costs down while bringing their kitchen shelving ideas to life.

'I also wanted a really big table as we do a lot of entertaining with friends' Kayleigh tells us. 'But for the size I wanted, we were looking at over £1,500, so, again, we decided to make our own using the leftover scaffold boards!'


Green kitchen with wooden table and plants on shelves

(Image credit: Kayleigh Gibson)

Fortunately, Kayleigh's husband is a plater/welder, so he made the dining table legs and shelf brackets from some metal he found at work.

As for the kitchen walls, Kayleigh decided to paint it herself, despite the fact it's a large space. Painting the green kitchen took two and a half days, but it was worth it to know they did it all themselves.

'We are complete novices - this is our first bought home and we have no idea what we are doing,' Kayleigh says. 'But we've learned it's all about trial and error.'

Green kitchen with washing machine and dryer under wooden counter by window

(Image credit: Kayleigh Gibson)

She stained the tabletop and instantly regretted it. But when she scrubbed it off, it was left looking shabby, and it actually turned out great.

The finished kitchen is a much more welcoming and convivial space, with the big dining table making it the perfect spot for hosting. We're big fans of the succulents, framed artwork and decor pieces.

The natural wood surfaces and houseplants alongside the calming green tone of the walls, make for a liveable and relaxing space. Positioning the large shelf above the alcove also brings the eye up, making the space feel taller.

Millie Hurst
Senior Content Editor

Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.