DIY-savvy mum saves hundreds creating ‘beautiful’ breakfast bar using budget materials

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Sheree Smith, 41, from Leeds told money-saving community that wanted to transform her kitchen into a cool space, but didn’t want to blow the budget. Instead, Sheree decided to take on the project herself, loading up on budget materials from B&Q, IKEA and Facebook Marketplace to pull off an incredible transformation for just £180.

Sheree, who works for a property management firm, said she was inspired by a Yorkshire photo wall in IKEA and wanted to replicate it with her hometown of Leeds.

The 41-year-old said: “My inspiration actually came from a Yorkshire photo wall in IKEA and I wanted to celebrate my beautiful city of Leeds by doing a wall in my house.

“I’ve had so many tables over the years but they just get in the way and I’ve wanted to do something like this since I moved in here 10 years ago.”

Sheree began by stripping the decor that was already on the wall.

She said: “I filled the holes and sanded, put up the wallpaper, then the next morning when the paper was dry, I marked and drilled the holes for the brackets.

“I fitted the legs to the plank of wood, lifted it into place and fixed it. Then I stuck the LEDs under the bar and voilà: a pretty breakfast bar!”

To cut back on costs, she decided to use budget materials which saved her a lot of money overall.

Sheree said: “I bought the plank of wood measuring 4m x 25cm x 4cm for £25 from my local timber yard.

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“The legs were £15 each from B&Q, and I bought three L Brackets for £3.25 each from Wilko. The bar stools, which cost £28 for four, were purchased on Marketplace.

“I purchased the chevron wallpaper from Al Murad for £5.99 a roll. I hung it by myself.

“My picture wall was made from IKEA Ribba frames bought on Facebook Marketplace and my pictures which I had printed.”

The entire project came to a total of £180.

Sheree was thrilled with the look of her finished breakfast bar and said that she’s saved a fortune doing it herself.

She said: “I love how it has turned out. My son Alfie likes to sit there and chat to me whilst I’m cooking tea.

“It feels great seeing the results I have for such little money. The hard work and determination I have put in has definitely paid off.

“I feel I have saved a fortune doing it myself than if I’d have got a professional in. There’s nothing I can’t do when I put my mind to it.”

Tom Church, co-founder of said that Sheree has managed to create a “beautiful” breakfast bar which looks like it’s been taken from a “hip new restaurant”.

He commented: “I love the on-trend details she’s included, such as the chevron wallpaper, eclectic gallery wall and funky LED lights.

“Best of all, Sheree’s transformation shows that to totally overhaul your home, you really don’t need to spend thousands.

“Using budget materials and clever tweaks, her kitchen looks unrecognisable – and all for under £200!”

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