Transform that pile of coffee filters you have in the cupboard into chic holiday centerpieces. Take this activity to the next level by allowing kids to glue on beads, glitter or pom-poms to create their own tree they can take home.
Age your glass doors. The homeowner worked with Seattle designer Judith Wright Sentz to create the leaded glass windows in the cupboards of this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winning kitchen, but premade glass would have the same stylish effect. For an even cheaper and simpler fix, faux stained glass craft kits and window films can be found through online retailers for under $40.
Tiny kitchens can feel claustrophobic when cabinets are towering overhead. Many cooks can't reach what's in them and the overall feeling is boxy and closed in. Get organized and trade the top cupboards for open storage. Consider shelving, pot racks and magnetic knife or spice holders instead. Your kitchen will look more spacious and serve up display space for your favorite dishes, shiny pots and pans, or artwork.
Designer Karina Bryant of K_Souki Design Studio used complementary colors and textures in her cupboards, contrasting the shiny white upper cabinets with the darker wood-grained lower cabinets. You could get a similar effect by painting upper cabinets in a bright high gloss paint. Keeping the lower cabinets darker makes them easier to clean, especially with children in the house, Bryant points out. The Atlanta home was built by Imery Group.
Painting cabinets can be a big undertaking, but it pays off in the end in terms of look and cost savings. DIY blogger Yuni Min spent about three weeks painting all 39 cabinets and 23 drawers, including the island, in her kitchen. She used satin finishes of Behr’s Gray Shimmer for the perimeter cabinets and Behr’s Dawn Gray on the island to refashion the once dark cherry cupboards for a bright modern look. The transformation cost less than $300, she says.
Stow everyday dishes in the cupboard and pull out seasonally themed pieces. Designer Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home layered a vintage quilt over a linen curtain panel to create a one-of-a-kind tablecloth with incredible fall appeal. To coordinate with the season, she brought in pumpkins, nuts and fresh herbs to form a table-length centerpiece. A mix of crystal glasses and wood cutting boards share a fusion of rustic style with refined elements.
A vintage kitchen cupboard handed down from my parents does double duty in a hallway as storage for gift wrap and shipping supplies, kitchen linens and other items. Figuring out where to store things in a historic home is a perennial problem but not as challenging as in previous homes. A small portion of my vintage suitcase collection on top of the hutch once functioned as a much-needed storage tower of suitcases and room divider in the closet-free two-room apartment where I lived with my husband in New York City's East Village. The "Pray for Atlanta" artwork is by beloved Atlanta artist R. Land. A metal basket holds my son's sports equipment and vintage wooden tennis rackets, which we still use.