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Best DIY Ideas for Your Kitchen

Best DIY Ideas for Your Kitchen
Written by Oana Schneider

If you spend more time in the kitchen than in any other part of your house or you’re just tired of the same old look, you’ve come to the right place. At dontpayfull.com, we believe that good food can only be cooked in a good looking kitchen! Plus, we made sure that all our ideas are DIY, so you won’t need to hire a professional to help you with anything.

We also added a few links to help you with the technical part of the equation. We hope that you enjoy our tips and tricks and that you’ll be able to turn them into reality as soon as possible! Of course, when it comes to ideas for your kitchen, not all of them are easy, so you’ll need to pay attention every step of the way! Keep reading!

1. New Backsplash

We’d like to start by talking about the most ignored part of every kitchen: the backsplash, you know, that small portion of wall next to your counter. Also known as the grossest portion of wall: full of grease and other traces of food, the backsplash should be changed every 3 or four years. No matter how much you clean it, it will always hold small traces of dirt in between the cracks, so it’s best to put on a new one. There are many materials you can use, but we’ll just have to pick our top 3:

  • Shattered glass/mirrors: if you have old bottles sitting around the house, put them in a burlap bag and gently smash them with a hammer. Take different chunks of glass and place them on the wall like a puzzle. Of course, you’ll need a good glue, so you may want to purchase it from the Home Depot beforehand.
  • Bricks: they don’t even have to be new! Just ask a neighbor to give you some old bricks or ask at a construction site for demolition leftovers and you’re all set! To glue them on your wall, you’ll need to scrape down the paint and then prepare a mixture of concrete and sand. Press a large wood board against your bricks overnight and it should be ready by morning! Good luck!
  • Mosaics: this is the easiest and also the most expensive idea because it means that you have to buy the mosaics. But if you do, you’ll also be given instructions on how to apply it and which kind of glue to use. It does look nice, doesn’t it?

Beautiful and Creative Backsplash!

2. Colorful Tiles

Say goodbye to those boring, one-color tiles! It’s time to mix and match, so feel free to ask for a piece of tile from all your friends and then combine them on the floor. You’ll step on a world of shapes and colors every day! Plus, they go with anything, so don’t be afraid to go bald and creative when it comes to your kitchen floor! We chose a few examples for you just to give you an idea of what it could look like!

Color at Your Feet!

3. Rustic Kitchen Isle

We know that people spend a lot of money on marble because they think of their kitchen counters as an important piece of artwork, but who says it has to be luxurious? We recommend that you look into a series of materials for your kitchen counter.

For example, if you’re going for the rustic look, how about a huge log for your isle? Another thing you can do is wrap some yarn around your old one, cover it in cheerful fabric or simply use a smaller table? Check out these pictures:

There's Nothing like a Great Kitchen Isle!

4. New Face for Your Old Kitchen Cabinets

After holding your cabinets in place, you need to take care of the way they look. No offense, but nobody likes old wood, especially when it smells like mold and old people! This being said, you are going to need a roll of sandpaper and some paint. Protect your walls with old newspapers and get started!

Sand off the old paint/polish and only afterwards apply two coats of paint as it follows: apply the first one, let it dry for a couple of hours and then apply the second one. Open all the doors and windows and don’t spend the night in the house to avoid the paint fumes. Look at these cabinets: don’t they look fabulous?

Bring Color to Your Kitchen!

5. Funny Artwork

Yes, it’s a kitchen! This doesn’t mean we have to be serious all the time! To spice things up a bit (pun intended), add a series of cool paintings, oversized forks and spoons, quotes, a prayer or even a chalkboard menu!

The cool thing is that you can create all these items yourself: just gather around some old picture frames, a pair of scissors, glue, glitter and put together something unique and funny! We have a few examples:

Cheeky Details!

6. Great China

Turn drinking tea and coffee into an amazing ritual just buy investing in a good set of China. No, you don’t need to buy it brand-new: just look for it at flea markets, yard sales, Facebook offers or even ask your grandmother if she has a set full of dust somewhere in the attic. You will absolutely love it! Plus, your friends will visit you more often, we promise!

The Porcelain Delight!

7. Try Burlap!

It’s the cheapest kind of fabric and you can use it for so many things, starting with your Christmas tree and ending with a great set of kitchen curtains! Which brings us to our initial idea: we know that people generally go for plastic shades, but why? It looks messy and it does nothing for your kitchen!

If you don’t have a sewing machine to make the kitchen curtains, just use some glue and then roll up the margins. Nobody will know the difference! Just to give you an idea of what it could look like, we added a few pictures:

Southern Comfort? Why Not?

8. Dining Set: Mix and Match

We know how expensive dining sets can be and this is why we think you should never invest in such items! If you like a chair you see at a garage sale, buy it cheap, take it home and so on until you’ve completed your set. Don’t be afraid it’s going to look bad: people usually pay experts to mix and match their dining sets!

As for the dining table, you can either build it yourself using long wood boards or just purchase it second hand. Feel free to sew cushions, napkins, tablecloths and so on. The possibilities are endless!

Different, yet so Beautiful Together!

9. Yummy Walls

Please, whatever you do, remember to repaint your kitchen every few years: you’ll get rid of that burnt smell once and for all and hopefully that boring beige will also be gone for good.

Here’s what you should know about your walls: if your counter, cabinets and dining set are a neutral color, they need to be vibrant, so go for a cool mint shade, for example. There is a reason they likes this color during the ‘60s!

Here’s another rule: never ever paint your walls black if you don’t have enough natural light! We suggest that you go for a warm or creamy color (pastels, anyone?). We have a few examples of what you could do:

Endless Possibilities!

10. Lighting Is Very Important!

Yes, this is very important, not only to be able to tell which ingredient is which, but also to widen up the space: cooking in a dark place has never been a good idea! Our advice is to invest in more than one piece of lighting, if possible: for example, get a nice chandelier and also a set of wall lights or as we like to call them: spotlights!

Also, many people choose to install a lighting system in their kitchen cabinets and replace the cabinet doors with chicken coop wire, for example! If you’re not convinced, just take a look!

Rise and Shine, Kitchen!

Like it or not, your kitchen says a lot about you: if you are well-organized or not, if you are an extrovert or on the contrary, what kind of dishes you like and know how to make and so on. Just think about our ideas, see which one fits best the needs of your family and start working! None of these projects will take more than a day, so why not try it? Tell us how it went and good luck!

About the author

Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois, who currently works for DontPayFull.com as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget, has a degree in Communications and advocates for women’s rights. Her future plans include getting a Labrador and losing a few pounds.

7 Comments

  • Great post. I love the rustic theme for anything really. We live in an apartment so my kitchen is quite tiny but if it was less so then I would be looking into doing more decorating if I had the space.

  • It’s amazing how something as simple as a lick of paint can completely change the way that your kitchen looks. If you feel that your kitchen is too old and drab, then it can be amazing to see the difference when you simply paint the cupboards and things that you already have. So this is clearly a much cheaper way to give it a new lease of life than it would be to replace the whole thing. I also like the rustic themes, but don’t think it is something that would go with the way that my house is at the moment. It is a shame because I do like it, I just don’t think that it’s for me, really.

    • I completely agree! It is not necessary to redesign an entire kitchen or altogether room to give it a new look. A simple twist to the old can make a huge difference. Moreover, like you said, money is saved. Being able to reuse what you already have is always nice!

  • If you haven’t thought about it yet, consider using granite counter tops on your kitchen islands. Before you say, “No way man, those things are expensive!”, yes they most definitely are. But I’m not talking about buying new ones. Granite is unsurprisingly a very sturdy and durable object. Check your friends if they have been remodeling lately. you never know, you might find some spare slabs lying around that they don’t want anymore. For that brand new look, try polishing them.

  • Those tiles pictures look awesome. I definitely want to get some spare tiles I have lying around to make some interesting flooring. I also love the rustic wood furniture. I spend a lot of time working with reclaimed wood and I definitely thinking about making some furniture for the kitchen made with reclaimed wood. I should be careful thought because there are a lot of discussion about the safety of reusing wood (especially pallet wood) to make certain kinds of furniture.

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