Thinking of giving your kitchen a facelift? Known for being one of the most commonly used rooms in the home, the kitchen can frequently need to be spruced up or improved on. Rather than spending an arm and a leg on new furniture and aesthetic materials, you can just as well use some of the things you have lying around the home to turn your kitchen around.
1. Creative Lighting
Instead of buying fixtures you can try repurposing old kitchenware. A pasta strainer, for instance, is a great start for a chandelier. Adding some string and tying spoons, jewels, or whatever else you want to hang from it makes it a creative focal point in your kitchen. If you really want to take your eco-friendly design to the next level, contacting local energy companies about alternative energy sources is a great step – especially if your kitchen requires a lot of lighting.
2. Backsplash Made from Dishes
Do you have an old set of kitchen dishes that you no longer have the use for? Instead of trashing them, you can break the dishes and create a unique backsplash. All you’ll need to purchase is some spackle, and you can place the broken pieces on the wall.
Kitchen wall backsplash made with Fiesta mosaics.
3. Recycled Wall Art
Create a feature wall in your kitchen with things you have lying around. Hanging a collage of plates, or spoons from the wall, for instance, adds creativity and ties into the theme of your new upcycled kitchen.
4. Repurposed Kitchen Island
Counterspace is great for those who love to cook, and it can be easy to add. Instead of investing in new countertops or an expensive island, you can turn some of your old living room furniture into a creative kitchen island. A small dresser, bookshelf, table or metal cabinet works just fine. Repaint it to match the theme of your kitchen and add a countertop to it such as a slab of wood, an old door, or a slab of stone.
5. Shutter Plate Rack
Are you running out of space to store your china sets? Instead of wrapping them up and putting them in boxes, you can easily display them in your kitchen. You can create a display shelf out of old shutters. You’ll need to purchase some screws, L braces, hooks, and paint.
6. Painted Coffee Cans
Coffee cans can be great for holding utensils and/or decorative flowers in the kitchen. Keep your old coffee cans and paint the exterior. Place them on cabinets with your cooking utensils in them or in the window with fresh cut flowers for a nice decorative finish.
7. Window Pane Wall Art
Old window panes can actually make great wall art. If you have old window panes that are still intact, you can paint or sand and stain them to match your kitchen. Hang them in an area where the wall is bare to add some life to it. You can change the entire vibe of your kitchen with things you’re no longer using around the house. So before you throw out that old dresser, door, or appliance, consider how it can be repurposed. A few small investments, some creativity, and a little elbow grease can transform your kitchen.
You can change the entire vibe of your kitchen with things you’re no longer using around the house. So before you throw out that old dresser, door, or appliance, consider how it can be repurposed. A few small investments, some creativity, and a little elbow grease can transform your kitchen.