Mum copies Monica from Friends’ kitchen for a fraction of the price using bargains from charity shops & Amazon

It’s been over 17 years since Friends ended (believe it ?!) but it’s still one of our favorite shows of all time.

It’s regularly named one of the UK’s most streamed series, so it’s no surprise the series still influences various aspects of its fans’ lives, from their humor to their fashion choices.


A woman has completely rebuilt her kitchen with the help of her husband and two friendsPhoto credit: Desiree Elias /

And for a DIY-loving mom, the series even inspired the interior design of her home.

Desiree Elias, 34, a mother of two from Urbana, Ohio, had always dreamed of a kitchen like Monicas on the hit TV show.

When she bought her own house, she set about transforming the simple kitchen into an amazingly colorful kitchen, just like Monica and Chandler’s.

Desiree works in childcare and has stocked up on accessories from Amazon and thrift stores for the project.

She also used inexpensive materials like Valspar paint and self-adhesive wallpaper.

She enlisted the help of friends to help complete the project, and it only cost her £ 731.

Desiree told, “Monica’s kitchen from the Friends show has always been my dream kitchen and my husband agreed when we bought our first house that we could make it a reality.

“Our house is from before 1900, so our renovation went a little further than planned.

“When we took down the upper cabinets, we found a huge hole in the wall behind it, so we went to the uprights and did drywall too.

“The lower cupboards were also damaged by water before we bought the house.

“When we started pulling them out, they started cracking and separating, so we had to buy new ones.

“We then considered that we could replace the flooring while we were at it.

Desiree's kitchen was very dated and in need of some maintenance


Desiree’s kitchen was very dated and in need of some maintenancePhoto credit: Desiree Elias /

“We bought unfinished base cabinets and luxury vinyl floors.

“The next step was to isolate in the dark because of a severe storm and be the only house on the block that was losing power.

“Because of the storm, we then laid new flooring with a flashlight and primed and painted the walls.

“Then we installed new base cabinets and made a makeshift worktop out of plywood.

“We then painted all of the base cabinets a rustling stream blue and added knobs and drawer handles.

“We painted the iconic Friends door along with two other walls and then painted the pantry door.

“We painted one of the old wall units yellow and a built-in shelf.

“Then we laid the electrical and repair lines with some difficulty and ran the wires through old rock walls in a crawl space that was not very well lit.

“Then we connected the dishwasher and stove.

“Then we hung up the textured brick self-adhesive wallpaper and a yellow closet.

“We quickly realized that we hadn’t ordered enough and had to wait for two new rolls.

“It took a total of five to complete the look.

A lot of work went into redesigning the kitchen and there were many unexpected surprises


A lot of work went into redesigning the kitchen and there were many unexpected surprisesPhoto credit: Desiree Elias /

“We then built the open shelves and the bar area out of light-colored plywood.

“Our friend built the top shelf and breakfast bar in their basement to provide more space and easy access to tools.

“He used a table saw and set up jigs to make them all the same size, then used wood glue and a kreg jig to put them together.

“He found the bolts and hung them back up with the Kreg Jig to hide the screws and have no hanging board.

“We then installed the countertop, the sink, the breakfast bar area and the open shelves.

“We had to buy the pendant light, the Friends frame with the sticker, the textured wallpaper, the flooring and unfinished cupboards.

“A small lampshade was found on Amazon and the large one over the sink was found in a thrift store for 73p.”


Although Desiree and her husband had some unexpected surprises along the way, she was very impressed by how much it cost them to remodel her kitchen.

She explained, “Despite all of the exciting surprises and unplanned parts of the renovation, we came in just under £ 750.

“We did all the work ourselves with two wonderful friends who know how to do everything and who walked us through things, even laying the floor with a flashlight at 10pm when the power went out for just our block ! “

Desiree is overjoyed with how her dream kitchen has turned out and says it helps her channel her inner Monica Geller.

The finished result is just like Monica from Friends and we are obsessed


The finished result is just like Monica from Friends and we are obsessedPhoto credit: Desiree Elias /

She added, “I’m still in shock when I walk into the kitchen because I can’t believe we actually did it.

“I don’t like being chaos or being disorganized in real Monica fashion, but all the mess was absolutely worth it!

“We have two boys who helped us as best they could when we were in the kitchen.

“It took a lot more steps than originally planned, but we knew we would find some surprises in a house built before 1900.

“We’ve all been working as consistently as possible on full work schedules and the school and the kids’ offices, but we somehow managed to make it through in about two weeks.”

Desiree loves her new kitchen and for only £ 750 we love it


Desiree loves her new kitchen and for only £ 750 we love itPhoto credit: Desiree Elias /

Meanwhile, I’ve saved a whopping £ 6,000 by turning my boring garden into a fairytale oasis using bargains from B&M and Home Bargains.

Plus, people never believe what’s in our tiny van, we’ve spent months fixing it and it even has a home theater.

I turned my dingy sofa into a trendy cloud sofa for just £ 36 – it should have been £ 20,000

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