Add personal style and fun decor to your kitchen and adjoining eating area without spending a lot of money. Take a look at these easy DIY projects.
Turn a sturdy vintage crate with an interesting shape into a rustic beverage station. Secure wineglass holders to the bottom before hanging with wall studs. Suspend a roll of kraft paper with spare rope to showcase your latest drink offerings.
Craft a high-style, high-functioning floor covering from paint and a sheet-vinyl flooring remnant (available at home centers). Simply cut the material to your desired size, prime, and paint using the free stencil below.
Pump up the style of an unfinished wood tray with a trendy herringbone pattern. Use a sponge to apply a colorful water-base stain, which allows some wood grain to show, over a stencil onto the tray. Seal with a clear finish, and serve snacks with style!
Use metallic painted frames to highlight dry-erase boards and corkboards on pantry doors. The photo finish creates functional artwork that keeps grocery lists, coupons, and your family's schedule right where you need them.
Turn a plain dish towel into delicate cafe curtains. First, cut and hem a dish towel to fit your window and dye the fabric as desired. Then, slice a potato in half and make a design. Use a foam brush to apply white fabric paint to the potato, and stamp the pattern on your towel. Repeat as desired and hang with curtain clips.
Use nature’s amazing color palette to create beautiful dyes from plants. Tuck leaves between purchased dish towels and tap firmly with a hammer to make twin impressions. Repeat, leaf by leaf, until you’ve achieved your desired design. Finish your creation by ironing the towels on low to minimize fading.
Reclaimed wood planks become a striking centerpiece when painted with checks and stripes. After painting, bind the wood pieces together with glue or screws and attach two rope pulls. Finish the table topper with fresh jars of flowers.
Convert secondhand flatware into cheese markers. Place a silver-plated fork between two pieces of felt, then flatten with a vise. With the front side facing up and a metal vise underneath, use metal stamps and a hammer to identify your favorite cheeses. Shorten the handle with a hacksaw or by bending the handle back and forth until it snaps while held steady in a vise.
A simple $43 lampshade gets big style with spray-painted wooden appliques from the crafts store. Attach the appliques with hot glue and hang the shade with a pendant-light kit for a quick and easy way to add flair to the eating area in your kitchen.
Use wooden letters and wine corks to create fun typographic wall art arrangements in your kitchen. To create these festive cork letters, start by purchasing flat wooden letters from your local crafts store. Then, affix the wine corks to the letterform using hot glue. Adhere the letters to the wall using removable adhesive strips. Here, we spelled out "Cheers" and hung the letters on the wall above a colorful drink cart.
Coordinate mismatched secondhand chairs with paint and fabric. Sand, prime, and paint the chairs, then add a number to the chair back using a stencil and contrasting paint. Finish the transformation by covering the seat in a printed fabric. Here, we used a numbered fabric to continue the theme.
These colorful map coasters are a quick and easy DIY that are sure to add character your kitchen. Simply purchase some plain ceramic coasters from your local crafts store, cut old maps to fit the coasters, and affix them to the surface using decoupage medium. Back the coasters with felt to prevent scratching your counter or tabletops.
Stand-alone pieces of furniture are a great way to add additional storage to your kitchen. A fresh coat of paint and snazzy new hardware breathe new life into this old china cabinet. The blotched surface of the mirrored glass -- created using a mixture of 1:1 water and vinegar -- hints at the piece's age.