Mum transformed her kitchen for X after her partner of eight years

Single mother transforms her tired kitchen to a sleek diner for £128 in just eight days using bargains from eBay and her DIY skills after her long-term partner left her just before lockdown

  • Single mother has revealed how she transformed her kitchen in just eight days
  • Carly Thomas, 40, used her DIY skills, after partner left her before lockdown
  • The call centre operator from Leeds spent just £128 transforming her kitchen 
  • Found bargain buys on eBay and enlisted help of her mother to strip wallpaper

A single mother has revealed how she transformed her kitchen in just eight days using her DIY skills, after her long term partner left her just before lockdown.   

Carly Thomas, 40, a call centre operator from Leeds, decided on a ‘fresh start’ when the relationship broke down at the beginning of the year.

She spent just £128 transforming her kitchen and dining room into a ‘nice calming environment’ for herself and her 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth Ocean, finding bargain buys on eBay and even enlisting the help of her mother to strip the wallpaper.

Carly Thomas, 40, a call centre operator from Leeds, decided on a ‘fresh start’ when the relationship broke down at the beginning of the year and decided to give her tired kitchen (seen before) a makeover

Chloe found bargain buys on eBay and even enlisting the help of her mother to strip the wallpaper, using white easy furniture paint at £17.99 for the kitchen units and table, a stylish clock at £23.99 and chair covers £17.99 from eBay

She spent just £128 transforming her kitchen and dining room into a ‘nice calming environment’ for herself and her 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth Ocean (seen)

The mother-of-one said: ‘I decided lockdown was the perfect time to do the work.

‘I did everything myself apart from stripping the wallpaper in the dining room which my mum helped with before lockdown.

‘It took four coats and three days to paint the dining room and kitchen because the colour before was grey.

‘I cleaned all the cupboards, removed the handles then did three coats of cupboard paint over two days.’

Carly painted the table with white paint and covered the chairs with modern chair covers, before getting her mother to help her to strip the wallpaper

She bought the chair covers and new clock from eBay, and painted the walls after stripping the wallpaper

She admitted: ‘When I did the first coat I thought I would regret the decision.

‘I made it look all patchy but I’m glad I carried on because after the second coat it looked ok and by the third it was perfect.

‘I then put the handles back on the cupboards. I lightly sanded the table before painting.’I did three coats of paint over two days. Last I fitted dc fix to the worktops which took me around two hours.’

Carly updated the grey worktop with a dc stick-on marble-effect worktop for a sleek and modern look

Pictured: Carly Thomas with her daughter Elizabeth Ocean

Carly’s kitchen transformation

  • White easy furniture paint at £17.99
  • A clock at £23.99 and chair covers £17.99  eBay
  • Stick-on dc worktop 

The work took just eight days to complete, using white easy furniture paint at £17.99, a stylish clock at £23.99 and chair covers £17.99 – all from eBay – which helped transform the dining table into a sleek and modern space to eat.

And her efforts didn’t go unnoticed when she took to Facebook to share the results. Users praised her work ethic despite going through an emotional breakup saying ‘you got this girl’ and ‘girl power’.

Giving advice to anyone else thinking of undertaking DIY work during lockdown Carly said: ‘I would always plan ahead and choose which order you want to do each item.

‘Give yourself plenty of time and don’t rush, getting things right is better than getting it done quickly.’

Giving advice to anyone else thinking of undertaking DIY work during lockdown Carly said: ‘I would always plan ahead and choose which order you want to do each item’

And her efforts didn’t go unnoticed when she took to Facebook to share the results. Users praised her work ethic despite going through an emotional breakup saying ‘you got this girl’ and ‘girl power’

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