The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in your home, and it is one of those that easily get messed up as well. This is where you cook and prepare your food so keeping it clean and organized is of utmost importance. Otherwise, you’ll risk mixing in the wrong ingredient to your dish or you’ll have a hard time finding the utensils you need while cooking. Fortunately, there are a lot of projects you can do by yourself to make your kitchen more user-friendly. This way, you’ll be able to maximize your kitchen space, organize your items more effectively, and improve the overall efficacy of your kitchen without spending too much money and time. After all, if you’re fond of cooking at home, the kitchen needs to be very efficient to accommodate all of your cooking tasks. Here are six DIY projects you can do for your kitchen.
Wooden utensils, such as wooden spoons, are just a DIY ombré set waiting to happen. After all, wood holds paint very easily, unlike metals wherein the paint will easily chip off eventually. All you need for this is white paint and another dark coloured paint of your choice. Use the white paint to lighten the dark colour. Make as much colours of different shades as the number of your wooden utensils then paints its handles.
Wall Space Storage
Don’t waste an empty wall space in your kitchen. Instead, use it to maximize kitchen space by incorporating a storage area onto the backsplash and walls. You can buy pre-made shelves, rails, racks, and hooks at a reasonable price and install them yourself on the wall to make some room for holding all types of kitchen gadgets.
Labelled Cutting Board
Although it’s not necessary to use different cutting boards for different types of foods, it’s often more sanitary to at least separate the cutting board for meat. To keep yourself from confusing similar wooden cutting boards, why not label them? All you need is an alphabet’s worth of metal hot stamps and a wood-burning pen. Load up the letter stamp onto the pen then simply press it on the wood to engrave the labels for each cutting board.
Pot and Pan Holder
Instead of spending on pre-made shelves, you can use an old pallet to hold your kitchen items. Just paint it with any colour you want, anchor it to the wall using drywall screws, and then add some hooks and hangers for your pots, pans, oven mittens, utensils, and more. You can even attach a magnetic strip for easy and efficient storage of your knives.
Fabric Scrap Oven Mitt
Oven mitts are an absolute necessity especially when you’re fond of baking or of cooking dishes in the oven. Pots and pans have heat-proof holders you can hold while cooking, but you’ll need oven mitts to pull out a baking tray from the oven. Spending money on oven mitts, however, is an unnecessary waste of money. With just a few fabric scraps and a basic sewing knowledge, you can make your own oven mitt, custom-made to fit your hands and to have your preferred design.
Plain white ceramic dishes look elegant and classy on its own but if you want to give it a creative push, you can draw clever freehand designs to make your dishes unique. For instance, you can draw teabag, tag, and spoon designs on your tea set using a permanent marker such as Sharpie or Pebeo. Don’t worry if you make a mistake since there’s a 72-hour allowance time where the ink can still be erased. Once you’re happy with the design, make it permanent by letting it completely dry for 24 hours, bake it at 300°F for 35 minutes, and then let the item cool. Wash before using.