Wow! Homeowner transforms kitchen with green painted cabinets and pink tiles

Proof that a splash of colour can make a HUGE difference

Feeling bored of your kitchen decor? This homeowner was too, so she decided to take matters into her own hands - painting the cabinets in a lush shade of green and the tiles in pink with stencilled stars.

The original white kitchen before was perfectly fine but owner Ellie Gooder, a self-confessed fan of painting, wanted more of a wow factor. And that she most certainly has achieved, thanks to her impressive DIY skills.

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Ellie's kitchen before and after

before and after green painted kitchen room

(Image credit: Frenchic / @lifeataustell)

'I really hated the kitchen before, of course, money trees don’t exist unfortunately! So I got crafty and pulled on my imagination hat' says Ellie.

White kitchen before...

white kitchen with wooden flooring and chimney stack

(Image credit: Frenchic / @lifeataustell )

Where did she start? 'We stripped the vinyl from all the cupboards using a hot gun, peeling them off to reveal the wood behind. I then primed all the doors, used Lick paint in Green o7 for the cabinets – sealed with three coats of Ronseal Varnish.'

Buy now: Ronseal Interior Varnish, £19, Wickes

When it came to the tiles Ellie's creativity really came into its own! 'I painted the tiles with Frenchic Dusky Blush, and then made my own stencil,' she tells Ideal Home.  Doing so after one she had previously bought failed to do the job,  due to so many grout line. 'I then stencilled stars all over the tiles in white ' she explains.

And what a difference that has made...

Green and pink kitchen after

green and pink kitchen room with green cabinet and copper handles

(Image credit: Frenchic / @lifeataustell)

It's hard to believe it's even the same kitchen to be honest! To add the perfect finishing touches she revamped all the fixtures and fittings.

'I bought some copper handles from Etsy, I wanted to be a bit different and so went for copper pipes, instead of standard copper bars.'

'We took off all the door hinges, door handles, plug sockets, spot lights and extractor fan and spray painted them black using a BBQ spray paint' which Ellie personally considers the most durable, great tip!

Another tip, Ellie tells us 'I then forgot to change the screws so coloured them in with sharpie 🤣🤣 '. Brilliant cheat for DIY.

'I bought marble vinyl from Vinyl Warehouse to cover the ugly counter tops! And I think that’s pretty much everything we did, so cheap and cheerful!' she exclaims

'Absolutely stunning...
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‘AmaZing! Dream colours together 😍 ' were the verdicts when Ellie shared her newly painted kitchen project with her Instagram followers.

Related: Before & after: be inspired by industrial-style kitchen makeover with dreamy blue tiles

The whole team is off now to paint their kitchens, after seeing this DIY makeover!


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.