Couple renovate run down kitchen for £600 – including a new fridge and oven

Couple renovate run down kitchen for £600 – including a new fridge and oven

01/30/2021

When it comes to home renovations, Jasmine’s advice is: ‘Go for the ugliest house on the best street, but also know what to look for.’

That’s because it’s exactly what she and her partner Joe – who live in Nottingham together – have just done, buying a beautiful home that needed a lot of cosmetic work, then making it their own.

Although they knew they wouldn’t be able to afford to rip out a kitchen or bathroom and put new ones in, they knew they could handle a fixer-upper with a solid structure they could live in while they completed works.

Jasmine and Joe bought their dream home – that was a little rough around the edges – back in May last year, and have spent the last eight months renovating it on a budget.

‘We managed to get it just before they stopped the house viewings due to Covid,’ says 24-year-old Jasmine.

‘For us, our kitchen and living room were the most important and highest priority because that’s where we spend all our time, and we love to host family and friends (although we’ve not actually managed to be able to do that yet thanks Covid!).’

With the kitchen being a priority, they’ve manage to take it from an outdated style to a fresh, sage green area to eat, cook, and entertain.

All in, the kitchen only cost £600 – including a huge range oven and a brand new fridge freezer.

Jasmine, who runs social media accounts dedicated to their home, says: ‘I think we’re definitely most proud of the kitchen because that was done with such a low budget of around £600, including appliances.

‘We managed to achieve it just from rearranging the cabinets, replacing the surfaces and painting everything. It’s where we spend a lot of our time as well, especially now we have the breakfast nook.’

Jasmine works at Boots headquarters as a store layout designer, and 26-year-old Joe is a personal trainer. They’ve been learning a whole load of new skills recently, though, saving cash by doing many of the trades themselves in the home.

‘We hadn’t done any DIY before buying this house so it’s been one long learning curve, but it’s been such a fun process,’ says Jasmine.

They watched videos teaching them how to tile, lay floors, and do everything else they needed. The couple even replaced the fan on their pre-loved oven, helping them get it for a cheaper price.

Bargain-hunting was the real skill shown off here, though, with Jasmine spending hours scouring second-hand sites to find cut-price appliances.

Jasmine says: ‘We got really lucky with the oven, and it was just being chucked out because it needed a new fan and was filthy. But, with a bit of TLC, we managed to bring her back to life!

‘Everything is just down to research really, we researched how to fix it and managed to do that.

‘The fridge freezer was only £70 brand new from Facebook Marketplace, that was a fab find. I knew we needed one so had just been searching every day and that one came up after a week or so.

‘Aldi Best Buys was fab as well, our tap was only £30 and it’s a mixer tap, I feel like that made it look more expensive too.

‘The handles were from eBay, they were only around £2 each, I ordered one each from a couple of sellers to see the quality and picked the highest one.’

Joe also made a bench from pallets, only having to spend money on materials (while finding a project to work on during lockdown, too).

It may have been the worst house on their street beforehand, but Jasmine and Joe have begun turning it into the best. Time to watch some YouTube videos on how to tile.

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