Adding a little spice to your kitchen does not have to involve a lot of money or a lot of time. There are so many things that you can do that will add that extra spark, and many of them can be done with things that you already have on hand.
Whether you are looking to add a splash of color to your otherwise bland kitchen or you want to give it a more unique look by adding a few homemade essentials, there are hundreds of different projects that will help you to transform your kitchen.
We have collected 20 of the easiest and most adorable DIY projects for you to use in your kitchen. From Roman shades to homemade magnets for the fridge and even DIY canisters, everything is here, and you can do one or do them all. The projects are easy, and best of all, they cost little to nothing to do.
- 1. DIY Refrigerator Magnets
- 2. Make a Clock
- 3. Dress Up Your Stand Mixer
- 4. Paint Wooden Spoon Handles
- 5. Make a Vintage Breakfast Tray
- 6. Use Washi Tape on Cabinets
- 7. Sew New Oven Mitts
- 8. Make a Tile Trivet
- 9. Paint a Porcelain Teapot
- 10. Make Storage from an Old Closet Door
- 11. Make Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
- 12. Label Jars with Chalkboard Paint
- 13. Create Matching Canisters
- 14. Make Your Fridge a Chalkboard
- 15. DIY Tiered Baskets
- 16. Crochet Pot Holders
- 17. DIY Roman Shades
- 18. Paint Your Own Coffee Mugs
- 19. Paint Your Dishtowels
- 20. Make a Utensil or Herb Hanger
1. DIY Refrigerator Magnets
You can make adorable container magnets from old candy or spice containers and use them to really dress up the side or front of your fridge. You just have to use a hot glue gun to attach magnets to the back of your chosen containers, and that’s it. Old tin containers look great, and you don’t even need hot glue for these to get the magnets to stick.
2. Make a Clock
This isn’t a real clock, but it certainly looks like one. If you have a round cutting board or a round cheese or cake plate base, you can just turn the plain wood into a great-looking clock. You just have to paint the numbers on and then dress it up however you want. Using old Roman numerals is a great way to give it that extra unique look. You can sand it down once you’ve finished painting to give it a great distressed look.
3. Dress Up Your Stand Mixer
Using some stencil patterns and some wall vinyl, you can turn your boring old stand mixer into a one-of-a-kind piece of art. You can find a lot of stencil patterns online, so you have the choice of completely customizing how it looks. You just have to cut the vinyl into whatever shape you want, and the great thing is that this vinyl is really inexpensive, so you can mix and match the colors if you choose.
4. Paint Wooden Spoon Handles
Make your own Ombre set, or you can paint stripes or anything you want. All you need is a set of wooden spoons, and if you don’t already have a few, these are really inexpensive at the Dollar Store. For stripes, just use painter’s tape to mark off where you want the stripes to go, or you can make it really colorful and use neon colors. The choice is yours, and this is a really simple project that will take just a couple of hours.
5. Make a Vintage Breakfast Tray
With a few pieces of plywood, you can make your own vintage-looking breakfast tray that not only looks beautiful in the kitchen but is very functional as well. You just have to decide what size you want and then cut your boards accordingly. Be creative and make several smaller trays or a larger one, whatever you want. Paint it white when you are finished, and then sand it just a bit to give it a distressed look.
6. Use Washi Tape on Cabinets
Dressing up your kitchen cabinets does not have to involve a carpenter. By adding just a little Washi tape, you can completely customize how your cabinets look. Washi tape comes in so many different colors and designs that it is easy to get the look that you want. Just tape the edges of your shelves and any open cabinets with the tape to completely transform how your kitchen looks.
7. Sew New Oven Mitts
Using some old scraps of fabric, you can create beautiful oven mitts that you can hang in the kitchen for a splash of color. You just need enough fabric for the outer and inner sides and a bit of insulated lining. If you don’t like to sew, this may not be the project for you, but for those who do love to sew, this is an easy and really cute project. You can even use these as Christmas presents for the upcoming holiday.
8. Make a Tile Trivet
Just a few scrapboards and some leftover tiles will give you the supplies you need to create beautiful tile trivets. These are adorable and functional, and they are really easy to make. The tile will stick easily to the wood and you can use whatever colors you want to completely customize the look. Remember to grout the tile so that it stays in place.
9. Paint a Porcelain Teapot
If you have a plain white porcelain teapot, you can bring a lot of color into the kitchen by painting it. This is a great project for the upcoming cold days when you just can’t bring yourself to go outside. You will need porcelain paint and a toothpick to make your pattern. Depending on how often you paint and what pattern you choose, this one may take a while, but it is definitely worth it.
10. Make Storage from an Old Closet Door
A little paint and some Command hooks will help you make a decorative and functional door for your kitchen. You just need an old closet door and whatever color of paint you want. Paint any pattern you like to really make it match the kitchen and then add various different sizes of Command strips and hooks to hold your kitchen essentials.
11. Make Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
If you have some old mason jars around the kitchen, you can transform them into beautiful soap dispensers that will add a nice vintage touch to your kitchen. These are really easy, and if you already have the jars, they are really inexpensive. Plus, they make excellent Christmas gifts, so keep them in mind over the next few months. You can paint them to decorate or leave them plain, your choice.
12. Label Jars with Chalkboard Paint
Chalkboard label jars are really cute, and they are great because you can change what goes in the jars by simply erasing the chalk and writing in something else. You just have to have a few old jars with lids and some chalkboard paint. Paint the old jars white, and then add the chalkboard label to really give your kitchen a vintage look.
13. Create Matching Canisters
Old glass jars can be used to make a set of beautiful canisters with just a little imagination and some paint. Choose the color that you want your canisters to be, and then simply paint the lids to your jars. You can use jars of all shapes and sizes, and they will still look like a matching set. If you want, you can also paint the jars white to give them a more unique look.
14. Make Your Fridge a Chalkboard
If you have little ones in the house, turning your refrigerator into a chalkboard is a great idea. Even if you don’t have little ones, you can use the chalkboard to jot down phone messages, recipes or just anything you want. This is such a creative idea and looks great in any kitchen. You just have to paint the entire surface of the fridge with chalkboard paint and then, of course, buy some chalk.
15. DIY Tiered Baskets
Make your own tiered baskets for hanging fruits by simply taking 2 wire baskets and a plastic margarita glass and attaching them. This really easy project takes only a couple of hours to make and is a beautiful addition to any kitchen. You can paint the baskets different colors to make them unique or go with their original colors for a more classic look. Paint the glass whatever color you want as well.
16. Crochet Pot Holders
If you crochet, why not make some lovely pot holders to dress up your kitchen? There are many different places where you can find free patterns for all sorts of crocheting projects. If you don’t currently crochet but have always wanted to try, this is a great beginning project. You may love it so much that you just have to make a pot holder for everyone you know.
17. DIY Roman Shades
If you really want to spruce up your kitchen, nothing does it quite like changing the curtains. You can make your own Roman shades and save a fortune by buying them. You just have to choose the fabric that you want and get a small mini-blind for each shade that you want to create. This is a relatively easy project, considering it looks so professionally done.
18. Paint Your Own Coffee Mugs
If you have a few boring white coffee mugs, you can paint them and give them new life. If you don’t have any white mugs, you can pick them up for about $1 each at the Dollar Store. Just get a glass paint marker from a hobby store that is dishwasher safe, and then draw on your designs. This is a great and really creative project that lets you make the mugs into whatever design you want.
19. Paint Your Dishtowels
Get some plain white dishtowels and then make them your own by simply painting what you want on them. You can find loads of free patterns and stencils that will give you a great start on creating your beautiful tea towels. You can use an iron-on to get the design on the towel and then just fill it in with fabric markers.
20. Make a Utensil or Herb Hanger
A few strips of sheet aluminum and some screws will allow you to create a great hanger for your metal utensils, or you can use it for an herb dryer. You just have to create a ring for hanging and then use wire or chains to hang it from the ceiling or the bottom of a cabinet. If you want, you can even paint the aluminum to make it match your appliances.