If you own a home, it’s a very rewarding feeling.
Being able to decorate it, knowing that it’s your own private space.
The feeling you get when you invite people over and they make compliments about your home and your little touches.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and that’s where we focus today.
Here are 5 DIY kitchen decor ideas that are certain to take your kitchen from ho-hum to fabulous!
#1 Update Outdated Cabinets
Updated Outdated Cabinets
Outdated cabinets are one of the main reasons we all start to remodel the kitchen.
They might be old, stained, or even broken, but unless there are severe issues under your cabinets (flooring, plumbing or electrical problems) there really isn’t a need to tear everything out.
The easiest way to update your cabinets is to paint them.
And the easiest way to paint them is by using a paint kit from the local hardware store that is specifically designed for kitchen cabinets.
There are several different types of kits, and some online too, including ones that do not require you to sand OR remove your doors prior to painting.
This is a huge time saver, especially if your cabinets are in good shape.
If your cabinets are in good shape but the doors are not, you’re still in luck.
If you are handy, it’s really not too challenging to purchase a stencil and cut new doors using the old ones as templates.
This is a bit more advanced than the average DIYer, but can still be done beautifully with the help of a good friend or two.
If you are not handy and your doors still need to be replaced, look online for some great deals on doors only.
These usually come ready for installation, with pre-drilled hinge holes.
Again, use your existing doors and drawers to measure for ordering.
#2 Give Your Countertop a Facelift
Countertops are the most used in the kitchen and often the most expensive to replace.
However, DIY countertops are plentiful these days, thanks to some great products and creative people.
Just like the cabinets, if your countertops are in good shape, but not the right color, consider purchasing a resurfacing kit from a local hardware store.
These countertop kits will transform a laminate counter into a great looking solid surface alternative in a weekend.
The only major thing to be concerned about with this application is that your area can be blocked off from all household traffic while the material dries – nobody wants dog hair or finger prints on their counter.
Another option for countertop refreshing is to tile the surface OVER the laminate.
There are numerous tutorials online for this and often the results are stunning.
The DIYer need only to follow the tutorial and again, in a weekend your countertop can be transformed.
For the do-it-yourself-er with a bit more skill, consider a concrete overlay.
Solid concrete countertops are beautiful and durable, but are generally very heavy and required skilled labor to pour and install.
However, an overlay can be done either directly over the laminate or over the wood once the laminate is removed.
This project is a bit more involved, but one can’t argue with the results.
Do your research ahead of time by looking for detailed tutorials and reading concrete reviews.
Doing so will ensure your project is successful.
#3 Resurfacing Your Kitchen Floors
Beautiful Kitchen Floors
Your floors are walked on daily and boy do they take a beating.
One way to quickly update your floor on a budget is to add a rug.
Not just any rug, but go to a flooring store looking for a large piece of vinyl flooring in the discount bin.
Don’t worry about the design because you will be using the back side.
Once you get it home, you can cut it to the desired size and shape.
The best part about this option, is that you turn over the large piece and start painting.
Paint it whatever color or with whatever design you want.
Several tutorials are available online that can guide you through this process. Once it’s complete, you just stick the vinyl to the floor using hook and loop tape or even strong double sided tape.
It’s better than ripping up the entire floor.
#4 Pretty Up Your Counter Space
Extra Kitchen Decor
If you have counter space, consider leaving out some “stuff” like decorative handmade pottery or your best tea light holders to add spunk to the area.
Instead of storing flour or sugar or coffee away in the cabinet, why not put them out?
Another cute and creative way to make a canister is to spray paint a coffee container and lid.
Using spray paint for plastic, chalk board paint (or labels) and your imagination, you can make your canisters match any decor.
Plus, by storing those pretty canisters out on the counter along with other decor, you have space in your cabinets or pantry for your larger-small appliances.
#5 Other Inexpensive Upgrades
Inexpensive Kitchen Upgrades
Customize your kitchen by adding decorative features to cabinets, islands and walls.
Thankfully, most big box stores have an isle devoted to moldings, decorative wood pieces and furniture legs.
Seek your inspiration down this isle.
Putting new legs and feet on kitchen cabinets makes inexpensive, stock cabinets look more custom.
Because these legs/feet are not being used for support, they can be attached using construction adhesive.
Additionally, adding crown molding to the top of cabinets will give your cabinets more height as well as enhance the custom feature.
Crown molding is a bit more work; however, there are numerous books and online tutorials that can walk you through the process.
It isn’t as scary as it seems, and the majority of the information available will give you time saving (and frustration saving) tips to do the job right.
There are so many more than just these 5 tips.
How about putting faux tin on your ceiling? Or changing those island pendants into a mason jar chandelier?!
Hopefully these 5 DIY decor ideas will get you started in the DIY spirit and take your kitchen to new heights!
What will you be working on next?