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.
1. Fashionable Floor Mat
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.
2. Tray Chic
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!
3. Picture Perfect
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.
4. Tailored Window Treatment
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.
5. Natural Napkins
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.
6. Storage with Style
Convert a TV entertainment center into a handy depot for cooking and baking tools by removing the doors and finishing with a coat of crisp blue paint. Span an open space with a curtain tension rod to hang pretty patterned hand towels.
7. Convert Cabinets to Open Shelving
Transform your standard cabinets by turning them into beautiful open shelving with these tips!
8. Shake It Up
Press and hold to unleash the power of spray paint. Make over a set of canisters from the thrift store with splashes of color on the lids and stand. Create labels on the glass sides with chalkboard paint.
9. Mealtime Motto
Unable to find affordable letters in the right size for your kitchen? Project letter stencils onto MDF, cut them out with a jigsaw, and cover them with fabric using spray adhesive. The simple solution for decorating above cabinets creates a family-friendly atmosphere.
10. Flower Power
Bring kitchen walls into bloom with homemade floral art. Find free botanical images online, and print them on old book pages before stitching to a piece of linen mat. Fray the edges by pulling out threads down to the stitched line, then hang using bulldog clips.
11. Custom Curtains
Add interest to an eat-in kitchen with homemade graffiti-style curtains. Using spray paint recommended for fabric, evenly paint a taped-off bottom border before painting free-style loops across the fabric.
12. How to Spray-Paint Anything
A can of spray paint can transform almost any object. Here's how to spray paint and add fresh color to your decor.
13. Vintage Display
Look for cool castoff plates at local thrift stores and flea markets. Use paper templates and a pencil to mark the perfect arrangement above a kitchen counter or dining room buffet before adhering the heirloom dishes with wall hangers.
14. Front and Center
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.
15. Put a Fork in It
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.
16. Details Matter
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.