7 Great DIY Projects For The Kitchen
If you have some spare time on your hands or want to give your kitchen a quick update, we have some great DIY projects that you can do.
1. Wall-mounted shopping list
Ever since I made my grocery shopping list with scrap wood and till rolls, my family has managed to stay on top of what's needed for the home. My shopping list might be pretty simple compared to some of the more intricate models now out there, but they are quite easy to make, whether you want a small one like the one I made or a larger one that can be used for more than shopping lists.
You only need a few items to make a wall-mounted shopping list. Purchase a length of 25mm pine dowel, a thin strip of pine - or you can substitute this with a piece of aluminium or a steel ruler. To mount the shopping list onto a wall, make a couple of strap brackets using an old leather belt and mount this to the wall with wall plugs and screws.
There are other ways to mount a brown paper shopping list onto a wall to use as a grocery list or to set out a family menu, or you can make one like mine that uses till rolls that you can purchase at stationery stores or Makro.
2. Replace solid doors with glass panel
One simple way to give any kitchen a new look is to replace solid doors on wall-mounted cupboards with a glass panel. You don't need to do more than one replacement to make a difference and an interesting feature.
Of course, nothing is stopping you for replacing all the solid panel with glass panels. You could use frosted or bubble glass, or you can use self-adhesive vinyl or tape to create unique designs on your new glass panel doors.
I love this idea so much that I have decided to incorporate this into my ongoing (and decidedly taking too long) kitchen renovation. If you fancy doing this to your kitchen cupboards, you will find detailed instruction on how to on Confessions of a Serial DIYer. The process is fairly simple and you can easily do your entire wall-mounted cupboards in a weekend.
3. Mount a shelf or two
If you are running out of storage space in the kitchen and you have a space wall that is not being used, why not mount a shelf or two? Shelves are easy to assemble as a DIY project and all you need are some decorative brackets
All you need to mount a shelf or two in the kitchen is an empty wall, some timber or board that you want to stain or paint, and brackets to mount the shelves. The shelves can be designed to fit in with the rest of the kitchen design or they can be made in such a way as to be a standout feature on the wall.
When mounting shelves onto a wall, do make sure to use nylon wall plugs as, unlike plastic wall plugs, nylon plugs are far stronger and will be better able to support any weight on the shelves.
4. Bring greenery into the kitchen
Whether it's a vase filled with freshly picked flowers, a floral arrangement, a potted houseplant or a kitchen garden, every kitchen should have at least one plant to bring freshness into the space. A window that receives 2 to 4 hours of sunlight a day offers more than enough natural light to grow plants indoors.
A potted plant or two won't take up a lot of space but will add the pleasure of having greenery in the kitchen. Even if you are someone who doesn't have a green thumb, there are plenty of plants that require very little care that can be potted up and placed in the kitchen. Why not think about starting a herb or salad garden in your kitchen?
Mounting shelves in the kitchen is a project that can be done in a day and you will be glad to have the extra space to put to good use.
5. Give utensils a makeover
If you're not great using power tools and prefer to keep your kitchen makeover to crafts only, there are plenty of crafty DIY ways to bring something new to a kitchen. Try your hand at painting your wooden spoons in a bright colour that will look good out on display.
If you have some scrap wood or reclaimed pallet wood lying around, you can use this for so many crafty items in the kitchen. Making yourself some vintage-style bread or chopping boards is just of the way to put scrap wood to good use. You can always pop on over to Pinterest or Instagram for more crafty ways to use scrap wood for kitchen projects.
Use scraps of laminated pine to make colourful cheese and snack platters for when entertaining - great for indoor or outdoor parties.
6. Make a rack for coffee cups and mugs
A cuppa coffee or tea is at the top of everyone's priorities to get the day started, so why not set up a coffee station where you can have everything you need. If you're not a coffee aficionado but just occasionally enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, an easy DIY project is to make a holder for your coffee cups or mugs.
All you need for this project is a small piece of 69 x 69mm PAR pine and a few scraps of pine moulding or trim. Add a few cup hooks and your cup stand is ready.
The next time you trim trees or shrubs in the garden, put aside a nice branch that you can use to make a handy cup holder for the kitchen. Mount this onto a piece of natural stone for the base.
7. Get creative with fabric paint
For those who enjoy painting, what about creating a range of kitchen linens. You can use paint and stamps to design a custom set of tea towels, kitchen cloths, oven mitts and even tablecloths and serviettes.
You don't have to use fabric paint on fabric, you can also use acrylic craft paints. Once the paint is dry, run a warm steam iron over the back of the fabric to embed the paint into the fabric. For instructions on how to make the watermelon pattern shown in the image below, visit salty Canary.
Paint stamping onto fabric to create customs designs is a wonderful gift idea for someone you love. And Christmas is just around the corner!