Crafty mother transforms kitchen into American diner for £500

Creative mother who dreams of visiting the US gives her drab kitchen a diner-inspired makeover complete with vibrant pink cupboards, LED signs and a checkerboard floor for just £500

  • Lizza Truby, 35, from north Wales, dreamed of US trip but she couldn’t afford it
  • Mother-of-two decided to bring the country to her home by transforming kitchen
  • Spent £500 renovating her drab and outdated room into an American diner 
  • Snaps show kitchen’s pink cupboards, booth, LED signs and vinyls stickers 

A crafty mother has transformed her drab, outdated kitchen into a classic American diner for less than £500.

Lizza Truby, 35, from Wrexham, north Wales, has always wanted to go on holiday to the US but has never been able to afford a trip.

So, during last month’s lockdown, the laundry assistant decided to bring US to her home by turning her kitchen into a classic diner with pink cupboards, booth seatings, LED signs and secondhand vinyls.

The DIY cost less than £500 to complete, with Lizza explaining: ‘I can’t afford to go to America so I thought I would bring it to my house…We’ve always been into crazy things.’

Lizza Truby, 35, from Wrexham, north Wales, has transformed her drab, outdated kitchen into a classic American diner for less than £500 (pictured, before)

The crafty mother-of-two spent three months renovating the space into a vibrant and colourful room 

Lizza said she has always dreamed of travelling across the pond but could never raise the funds, adding: ‘My son also wants to go to New York but we just can’t afford it.’

The transformation took three months, with photos capturing the stunning transformation, completed in time for Christmas.

Mother-of-two Lizza made her own blinds, upcycled old furniture and found secondhand bargains online during her project.  

Snaps show the kitchen’s pink cupboards, booth seatings, LED signs and secondhand vinyls. 

Mother-of-two Lizza made her own blinds, upcycled old furniture and found secondhand bargains online during her project


She used second hand finds and online bargains to transform the space from drab and outdated (left) into a colourful space (right) 

The mother-of-two said she had always dreamed of going to America but could never afford the trip across the pond (pictured, her kitchen before) 

She said: ‘I’ve done all of it myself; I made the blinds, the LED signs – everything.

‘Some of the furniture was given to us by friends and family so we just upcycled it and all the utensils were bought second hand or given to us.

‘We had been looking for a diner booth for a year when we finally found one on eBay for £280 so that’s what cost the most out of the whole project.

‘All together, we spent £500 and we absolutely love it.’

Instead, she spent £500 renovating her kitchen into a classic American diner, complete with funky bright pink cupboards 

Meanwhile the mother-of-two used a bold black and white checked vinyl flooring to give the space a new feel 

Now Lizza, her sons Nathan, 18, and two-year-old Parker and her husband Lewis, 27, spend most of their time in the newly vamped out kitchen (pictured)

Now Lizza, her sons Nathan, 18, and two-year-old Parker and her husband Lewis, 27, spend most of their time in the newly vamped out kitchen.

The mother-of-two said the rest of her house is decorated in similar bright tones.

She explained: ‘My son’s bedroom is blue, yellow, red and green and my eldest son has always had funky bedrooms growing up.

The mother-of-two made her own blinds and upcycled old furniture to keep costs down on the renovation

Meanwhile she added bright and colourful vinyl discs to the wall to help create the traditional American diner atmosphere 

‘We spend more time in that room than anywhere else in the house.’

She explained: ‘American music is what really inspired me; it drove me to look into what I could do with music and that’s when the diner idea popped up.

‘We spent three months completing the diner and we still want to add more.’ 


The DIY savvy mother used her craft skills to upcycle furniture the family already had within their home to help create the new space (left, before, right, after)

One of the pieces that Lizza transformed for her new American diner kitchen was a bright and colourful cabinet 

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