This couple saved thousands on their dream kitchen by going second-hand

A couple from Dorset has transformed the heart of their home with a second-hand kitchen refit, saving themselves thousands. The pair bought a used kitchen to create their dream space at the fraction of the price of a new one, replacing their tired old kitchen.

They repainted the cabinets, created a banquette seating area and sourced a classic dresser from Facebook Marketplace. The result is a functional, sociable space full of green kitchen ideas that look very DeVol.

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This couple saved thousands on their dream kitchen by going second-hand

(Image credit: Future PLC / Paul Craig)

The old small kitchen layout wasn’t working for this family, with an awkward layout and nowhere to sit. It had a wide window and back door, so they removed the door and centralised the window in order to run the sink, dishwasher and washing machine across this wall.

‘We bought second-hand cabinets and appliances from The Used Kitchen Exchange (opens in new tab), a classic design that reminded us of the DeVol kitchens we’ve always loved,’ say the homeowners. They were unable to reuse their old granite worktops, but this was a small price to pay given how much money they saved (the whole project cost £8,000).

This couple saved thousands on their dream kitchen by going second-hand

(Image credit: Future PLC / Paul Craig)

While the used kitchen was a bargain at £4,000, it could have been an expensive mistake. They’d never bought a second-hand kitchen before, so weren’t sure what to expect in terms of its condition. 

‘There was a moment of panic when it turned up,’ the homeowners admit. So when it all began to take shape a week later, they could breathe a sigh of relief.

This couple saved thousands on their dream kitchen by going second-hand

(Image credit: Future PLC / Paul Craig)

The used kitchen was much larger than the homeowners needed. But this gave them room to play and change the layout. The second-hand kitchen had an island, which they didn’t need, so they took it apart and used the cabinets.

Originally a bathroom, this area at the back of the kitchen is now the breakfast nook. They use hidden kitchen storage ideas in the banquette seating for extra cooking equipment.

This couple saved thousands on their dream kitchen by going second-hand

(Image credit: Future PLC / Paul Craig)

They used easy-to-install cladding to add texture and character to the walls. Classic tongue-and-groove panelling echoes the traditional detailing of Shaker kitchen ideas, as well as providing plain walls and single-colour kitchens with added pattern and visual interest.

Wall panelling ideas are the perfect quick fix for walls in less-than-perfect condition. As long as there’s no damp to contend with, you can simply glue the pieces to the wall for an instant transformation. It works for splashbacks and dining area walls alike. 

This couple saved thousands on their dream kitchen by going second-hand

(Image credit: Future PLC / Paul Craig)

Available in a variety of patterns and sizes, MDF wall panelling is an affordable and easy DIY project. Try a panelling kit from Traditional Wall Panelling & Interiors (opens in new tab), which comes ready-primed and can be attached using a suitable adhesive.

https://www.idealhome.co.uk/kitchen/kitchen-renovation/before-after-green-second-hand-kitchen-wall-panelling