06:17AM | 10/01/13
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Storage is a wonderful thing. It is also one of those things we can never have enough of, which is great since it allows us to get off our backsides and do something creative with our time. Over the past few years, since the DIY bug bit me, I have executed a number of DIY jobs around my house and am forever on the lookout for new ones.

I'm also very keen on sharing my success stories in this regard with my fellow DIY enthusiasts.

So, without further adieu, I present here four such easy projects, aimed primarily at the beginners. Don't want to scare them off with anything fancy and high-brow. We'll keep things simple, doable, easy to wrap your head around, and ultimately, very likely to be a success, too.

Here goes:

1. Create Storage Boxes for your Kitchen

What you need:

• An old door, or a discarded window shutter, or an old table/desk. Basically anything that has enough even-surfaced wood in it to allow boxes to be carved out of. If you don't have anything of this kind you can always purchase a sheet of wood. I'd go with natural wood.
• Measurement tape
• Markers
• A good ole saw
• Adhesives
• Screws and a screwdriver
• Nails and a hammer
• Paint and a paint brush

Determine the sizes of the boxes you need depending on the amount of wood you have. One by one draw the measurements for each on the sheet of wood. You will need measurements for the flat base of the box, which will be of the biggest size; two pairs of two identically-sized pieces if you want a rectangular box; four pieces of same size if you want a square-shaped box. Cut the wood with the saw as per the desired measurements.

Once the pieces are all cut out and ready to be used, put them on the base one by one and glue them onto it with a strong industrial adhesive. As simple as that. You can screw them on, too. You'll need long screws for that, though. At least 1.5 inches long.

If you want to make kitchen drawers instead of these boxes, you will have to simply cut the wood accordingly, as per the size that would fit into the space where you want the drawer to be.

Allow for half an inch space all around if you want to fit this box with rollers and screw on a handle for ease of use.

The boxes thus created may look crude, which does not bother me personally. If, however, it is too crude for your taste, give it a pleasant paint job.

Painting it in stripes will add a quirky element to it. White and lime green will make a delightful combination.

2. Make your own Kitchen Shelves

Using the same technique as described above you can get rid of old or broken kitchen shelves by creating new ones on your own. Except that you will have to screw them on to the headboard or the walls. Give them a proper paint to infuse a new life into them.

3. Fix your Kitchen Countertops

If your countertops are old and embarrassing it might be time to tackle them head on. Fortunately, you don't need to spend a fortune on fixing this problem.

A super easy way to do this is by turning your attention to polish and repair kits that refinish hard surfaces.

For a brand new look, sans all the scratches and deep and stubborn stains and old grime, laminate the countertop yourself. Just giving it a paint job will also give you great results (depending on how you execute it, of course).

If the countertops are too worn out or old for you and you are looking to replace them, we would suggest going with granite, marble, or quartz. Look up who can give you the finest granite countertops in your area.

4. Create a Spice Rack

To keep things simple, we'll start with a rack of five shelves.

Cut three beams, of the length of the rack you have in mind, out of a sheet of natural wood. Then cut out two shorter beams, one to be nailed on the top across the three vertical beams, and one at the bottom. These 5 will form the frame for the rack and support the shelves.

Cut out the shelves from the sheet as per the desired measurement and nail them onto the frame. Be mindful of how far from each other you would want the shelves to be. Keep in mind the distance you'd want each of them to be from the other.

Give the rack a pleasant paint job if you so wish; if not, not a worry as racks made out of natural wood look very pleasing the way they are.

Hang the rack onto the wall of your choice and stack it with jars and tins of spices.
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