This ingenious hack inspired an interior designer to make over her mother’s entire kitchen!

Bel Jones is an interior designer who discovered a hack that will have you planning your kitchen renovation for around $150. For houses built in the 1970s, mustard coloured kitchens with wooden cupboards were the norm, and Bel’s mother’s house was no exception.

Chance To Make A Change

After seeing the increasing popularity of Kmart’s $3 marble adhesive roll, Bel took the opportunity while her mother was away to make a lasting change The Daily Mail reports. She set about covering all the work surfaces with the contact, painting the tiled floors in a more modern black and sanding back the outdated wooden cupboards. The entire project cost just $150 and a little elbow grease from Bel. “Thank you to the ladies who posted about the hack! What an amazing difference it makes!” she said.


What a transformation! Photos via Beljoness/instagram


Never Meant To Be Permanent

Bel says the project was never meant to be permanent, with a full kitchen renovation planned for next year. “We are re-doing the whole kitchen early next year so the contact will suit for a temporary fix.” Even though it was only intended to be a temporary solution, Bel says the kitchen is still in good condition, with the paint on the floor yet to scratch and the countertops requiring only a wipe of a wet cloth to keep clean.

Bel’s mother was thrilled with the results saying, “It was unbelievable, the biggest surprise! I’m still in shock every time I walk into the kitchen. You’re amazing Bell!”

We have to say we agree with that – what an incredible transformation for only a fraction of the cost of most renos. Now to get to Kmart and pick up some of that miracle contact…

Have you completed an amazing renovation on a budget? Tell us in the comments!

  • What a great idea – you could change the look of your kitchen every year!


  • Wow ! It does look amazing. Even though it’s only a year, I probably wouldn’t have used the contact on the benches. Just doing everything else in white and black makes it look incredible.


  • Great make over !


  • Fantastic change – could imagine doing this every year – what a wonderful way to update!


  • Looks so different. Though I would be a little concerned about the benches with contact and the amount of bacteria that could possibly lurking on it after a little scratch or cuts.


  • This looks amazing, what a great idea and very clever indeed


  • I love these Christmas hanging ideas. There are so many ideas around and I think each Christmas there is a new idea. Whether it be gifts tree hanging or decorations. .


  • I’ve painted tiles with tile paint in a shower and they have lasted for years so they can be good.


  • thats a really big improvement and looks much fresher and cleaner.


  • I’d love to see some pictures of it up close!! I have seen so many of these type of “hacks” on Facebook so would love to actually see what it looks like in reality as opposed to pictures taken from the right angle ????


  • Wow this kitchen looks amazing i didn’t know Kmart did a marble contact and never thought of using it in the kitchen. fantastic job! I have trouble contacting school books so you are truly amazing! I wonder how the bench surfaces will hold up to use in the kitchen?
    It has definitely brought the kitchen into the modern era thank you for sharing your idea!


  • It looks like a brand new kitchen! I would love to know hoe long tile paint lasts – I can’t see it being permanent but I have heard it is very durable.

    • I once painted all the kitchen cupboards and wall tiles. After 8years we moved and it still looked good. Personally I wouldn’t consider it for the floor tiles, as the wear and tear on floor tiles is heavier.


  • It looks amazing. It is such a great short term idea.


  • Such a big change. The kitchen looks full of light now!!


  • Very good !
    Yes, I’ve done kitchen make-overs with a coat of paint on tiles, walls and cupboards and the effect can be amazing and lasts for years.

    • I love DIY projects and the satisfaction from projects just lasts and lasts and the savings too! :)


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