You've probably heard the expression about the kitchen being the heart of the home. In most cases, it's true. Both family and guests tend to gather in the kitchen, no matter how small the space or how formal the event. Make your kitchen more functional and attractive with these easy DIY kitchen projects:
Some decorators advise against using upholstered chair seats in the kitchen. They caution that spills may ruin the fabric. I disagree. Chairs -- and barstools that have slip seats - are quick, cheap, and simple to reupholster. Enjoy the comfort of padded seats and just think of spills as chance to try a new fabric.
Increase your kitchen storage and add charm by making one of these DIY pot racks. The cost is far less than buying a new pot rack from the kitchen store, and you're recycling by making yours from a flea market find. You can use everything from old ladders to window bars.
If you're displaying your pots and pans on a pot rack, you'll need to keep them shiny and clean. Though copper cookware is wonderful for cooking and looks lovely on display, it does have a tendency to tarnish. Give your copper pieces that new penny glow by cleaning and polishing them with these common household supplies.
New copper cookware tends to have a lacquer coating, which keeps it from tarnishing in the store. Before you cook with it, you have to remove the lacquer.
If your kitchen cabinet doors have paneled inserts surrounded by raised wooden frames, you can turn them into display cabinets. First, cut out the panel with a jigsaw, and then affix chicken wire to the backs of the doors. The look is charming even in contemporary kitchens, but it really enhances cottage, country, and rustic decor.
Even if you don't need to cover your kitchen windows for privacy, you can give them a more decorative look by making simple, no-sew valances. Since kitchens are full of hard surfaces, the fabric softens the overall look - and it's an opportunity to add color and pattern.
Instead of opting for a pricey pendent lamp, consider making your own charming version from a vintage painted tin. The process is simple, and you can opt for a hard-wired or plug-in version, depending on where you'll use it in your kitchen.
If you have an eat-in kitchen, consider making a braided rug to soften the floor beneath your table. You can make the rug from fabric scraps to keep the cost low so you don't have to stress over the occasional spill. Choose fabrics that share the same color scheme, or opt for a bright, varied mix.