Mum reveals how she created a stylish kitchen island for under $150 with Bunnings items

A mum has revealed how she created a stylish kitchen island for under $150 using a second-hand dresser and paint from Bunnings, and how you can do it too.

The Australian woman called Tracey shared before and after pictures of the kitchen addition, as well as the work in progress.

‘I created a kitchen island from an old piece of furniture that I bought from the op shop years ago,’ Tracey wrote on Facebook.

AFTER: A mum has shared how she created a stylish kitchen island for under $150 with the help of a second-hand dresser and some paint from Bunnings Warehouse

BEFORE: The Australian woman called Tracey posted on Facebook, where she shared before and after pictures of the kitchen addition, as well as the work in progress

BEFORE: The Australian woman called Tracey posted on Facebook, where she shared before and after pictures of the kitchen addition, as well as the work in progress

BEFORE: Tracey said for the island, she used a dresser that she picked up from an op shop years ago (pictured)

BEFORE: Tracey said for the island, she used a dresser that she picked up from an op shop years ago (pictured)

‘I got a laminated slab of wood cut to size by Bunnings for $35 with a metre overhang for seated space.

‘Then, I fixed the wooden slab to the top with screws from underneath.’

Tracey added that the she used British Paints’ Paint and Prime Water-Based Gloss, and said she did three coats with zero primer.

‘Three coats meant I used two tins of it, and they cost $45 each,’ she said.

All up, the mum said she spent just $125 on the project (pictured in progress) and the aim was to create more storage for her daughter's kitchen

All up, the mum said she spent just $125 on the project (pictured in progress) and the aim was to create more storage for her daughter’s kitchen

AFTER: Thousands of other homeowners were impressed with the simple transformation, writing things like 'this looks incredible' and 'love a bit of up-cycling'

AFTER: Thousands of other homeowners were impressed with the simple transformation, writing things like ‘this looks incredible’ and ‘love a bit of up-cycling’ 

The mum said that the budget kitchen renovation was for her daughter’s kitchen, with the aim of giving her more storage space.

Tracey used British Paints' Paint and Prime Water-Based Gloss, and she did three coats  (pictured)

Tracey used British Paints’ Paint and Prime Water-Based Gloss, and she did three coats  (pictured)

All up, the simple renovation cost Tracey just $125, which is a fraction of the cost of a typical kitchen renovation that can cost upwards of $17,000.

Thousands of other homeowners were impressed with the simple transformation, writing things like ‘this looks incredible’ and ‘love a bit of up-cycling’.

‘It looks like stone and so expensive,’ one commenter wrote. 

‘Absolutely stunning! Legend piece! Couldn’t look better,’ another added.

Tracey suggested people look on Facebook Marketplace for sideboards if they wanted to do the same thing for themselves at home. 

She also said you should use a microfibre small roller and brush on the smaller parts of the board in order to get a professional-looking finish.

Renovation expert Cherie Barber (pictured) previously told FEMAIL exactly how much you should be spending on a kitchen renovation to avoid being out of pocket in the long run

Renovation expert Cherie Barber (pictured) previously told FEMAIL exactly how much you should be spending on a kitchen renovation to avoid being out of pocket in the long run

Cherie recommends you never spend more than three per cent of your current property value on your kitchen (one of her renovations pictured)

Cherie recommends you never spend more than three per cent of your current property value on your kitchen (one of her renovations pictured)

Renovation expert Cherie Barber previously told FEMAIL exactly how much you should be spending on a kitchen renovation to avoid being out of pocket in the long run.

What is the calculator you should use for your kitchen?

* Cherie said you should never spend more than three per cent of your current property value on a kitchen renovation.

* You should not use what you paid for the property as a guide.

* For example, if your current property is valued at $600,000, then you’ll want to spend around $18,000 total to make sure you get back what you put in.

In order to prevent over-spending and over-capitalising, Cherie recommends you follow the guideline of a simple calculation.

‘If you’re renovating your kitchen and don’t want to risk over-capitalising, then aim to spend no more than three per cent of your current property value (not the original purchase price of your property),’ she said.

‘This formula is for a fully finished kitchen, materials and labour included, all said and done.’

Cherie said this rule of thumb is also good to use to avoid ‘under-capitalising’ – where you don’t invest enough money to do the room justice.

For example, if your current property is valued at $600,000, then you’ll want to spend around $18,000 total to make sure you get back what you put in.

The expert added that if you know you’re going to want to make any structural changes like knocking down walls and altering the floors, then it’s worth knowing that you absolutely won’t be able to stick to a three per cent rule of thumb.

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