You can conduct a home makeover for less than you’d think. We’ve found many ways you can give your pad a lift using simple and mega-cheap ways to improve the most important rooms in the house: the bathroom and kitchen.
- Websites that will save you money
- Get a new kitchen and bathroom for less than £84
- Grab some freebies
- How to revamp your kitchen and bathroom
clearance sites: curry’s, comet, tesco direct and argos
Obviously enough these are sales sites for these brands. All of the products displayed on the website are fully operational and come with a one year guarantee. The items are in various conditions – new, end of line, ex-display, scratched, dented, used, returned and refurbished.
You should be able to get all your electricals here at really low prices. When we looked we saw some items on the Comet Clearance site with just one day of bidding to go with a current bid of just £1 so take a look now! Just click on the items to find out what condition they’re in.
Just Doors and Door Chic – new doors for kitchen cabinets
Don’t spend thousands on a new fitted kitchen. Instead, upgrade an old kitchen with new doors, handles or worktops – this will give it a completely different look without you having to fork out for a whole new suite.
Just Doors deliver to the UK mainland for free. All you need to do is measure the doors and drawer fronts that you have at the moment, then tell them on the order form and choose the colour you want.
If your current cupboards are fine but the drawers are damaged, you can buy new drawer fronts from Just Doors for only £10, or buy some new handles or knobs from Door Chic.
If you do need to replace the whole cabinet, go for a cheap option and then add some ornate knobs like these to make it look more expensive than it really is.
Lark & Larks is another store specialising in replacement, made-to-measure kitchen doors, handles and worktops. The doors are really reasonably priced and in the budget range prices start from under £10. You can also opt to add a panel of glass effect acrylic to any door you choose and all products come with a two year guarantee.
Or, try Door Furniture Direct which concentrates exclusively on door handles, hooks and knobs of various styles and materials. Check out the special offers to see if you can bag yourself a bargain.
Look at all the decorating leftovers here.
It’s also worth going to the marked-down section of your local hardware store to see if they have paint that wasn’t mixed to the right shade. Sometimes, particularly with the larger chains like B&Q or Homebase, they will sell cheaply paint that was mixed to a slightly different shade than was ordered. Who knows, it could be just the right one for you.
City Furniture Clearance
City Furniture Clearance sells used and refurbished contract furniture which has been taken back to their workshops and refurbished. Pretty much any furniture item you can imagine can be sold so it’s quite good if you’re after quirkier pieces.
You will have to sift through to find a gem but it is particularly good for big, decorative mirrors and antique reproduction furniture.
John Lewis – cut price quality homeware and furniture
John Lewis may not be the obvious choice for quality furniture for less but the department store has added new items to its Value range which stretches across several store departments but has especially good deals on furniture.
There are bargains in home furnishings, like a lampshade for £3 and a £5 spotty ironing board cover, kitchenware and utensils from £1.25 and bath linens from £1. Plus you get free delivery on all orders over £30.
The Showhome Warehouse – for something a bit special
For something a bit special head to The Showhome Warehouse in Northamptonshire where you can pick up ex-show home and sample pieces from top stores with huge discounts. Expect savings of up to 75% on some beautiful items, so if you find yourself in the area make sure you have a look.
Check out the free item website called Snaffleup. It’s like Freecycle in that no money is allowed to change hands. You simply search for items by category or enter your postcode and look at items being given away near you.
There is actually a category just for kitchen stuff, so do take a look and see what you could get for free. We’ve just been on and found a kitchen cupboard and seven foot work surface being given away!
Another website always worth a look is Gumtree. Just go to the website and under ‘Stuff for Sale’ click freebies for a list of free things in your area. Click on the items you want then email or call the owners to organise a time to collect – but be quick as they tend to go quickly.
See how you could completely change the look of both your kitchen and bathroom by kitting them out with new accessories – and all without spending a fortune. In fact, we spent less than £100 getting everything we needed!
See how much we got for our money in various well known stores here:
|Wall tiles||B&Q||Core White Ceramic Wall Tile||£4.12/pack of 44 tiles|
|Venetian blind||Grattan||Free delivery||£10|
|Chrome plated 5 piece bathroom set||Argos||Towel rail, toilet roll holder, toothbrush holder, soap dish holder and towel ring||£15.99|
|Bath mat||Sainsbury’s||Loop Border Bath Mat||£10|
|Replacement cabinet doors||Lark & Larks||Prices depend on size of cupboard.||Around £35 (from £4.39 each)|
|D handle x 4||Lark & Larks||Satin chrome or chrome finish||£16.88 (£4.22 each)
|Paint||Homebase||Matt Emulsion Paint – 6L||£6.93|
All prices were correct in October 2016.
Try a lick of paint
Painting the kitchen or bathroom walls is a really simple, cheap way to give a room a new look. Keep the colours fairly neutral and use pictures and bright accessories to give the room personality instead.
Try going into a big DIY store like B&Q where they mix up paint for you – they will sometimes have leftovers or unsold paint that you can get on the cheap or even for free! If not, try Wickes for a huge selection of paints and woodstains at good prices.
Fix up your windows
A new set of curtains will really freshen up your kitchen. Get your hands on some bargain fabrics from Curtain Factory Outlet, Cheap Fabrics and Cheap Curtains.
If you don’t want to stick with blinds, why not ditch them and get a window film like this silver etch effect film instead. It allows 70% of natural light through, while still giving you complete privacy – and prices start from just £14.
Replace small items for a big change
Or if your kitchen or bathroom is small you can lay down some new flooring without spending a lot of money. Try Wickes for some cheap vinyl floor tiles.
Buy matching items to bring the whole look together. Matching sets are available pretty much anywhere but there are usually good sets in big department stores like Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Heals.
Buy accessories that provide extra storage and look good at the same time.
Go to Organise My Home for some great storage items at low prices.
Another website full of great looking storage solutions is A Place for Everything.
You can also get a LOT of storage ideas from our section Clear Your Clutter Day which also has ways that you can organise your home and feel a lot lighter and happier just from being able to see the floor in your own house!
Tiles, tiles and more tiles!
And if you can’t afford to replace your old tiles you can alter the way they look quite dramatically with tile paint and transfers.