Up, Up, and Away
Make use of that vertical space! This genius idea, courtesy of A Beautiful Mess, combines towel bars, bamboo utensil holders, and shower hooks to create oodles of room for everything from wooden spoons to hanging plants—an on-point example of what can happen when pretty and practical pieces come together.
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Sick of forgetting about that bulb of garlic or that stray avocado in your produce drawer? Fan out an old whisk following this Instructables how-to, and then hang it up as a killer shelf for your ripening produce. Your veggies will be off of the counter and yet still only an arm’s length away.
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Transform a generic teakettle into a statement-making stove topper. HomeMade Modern’s tutorial shows you how to use a cordless drill to replace boring plastic handles with unique wooden accents, turning an everyday object into a keepsake you’ll treasure for years to come.
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A Bright Idea
Wooden spoons are handy to have around pretty much anytime you’re in the kitchen! So why not dress up these staples to spread a little more joy every time they're used? Etsy seller ReInventHome uses nontoxic, waterproof paint to add pops of complementary colors to decorate the ends of basic wooden spoons.
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For a simply dreamy kitchen, create a too-cute cloud-shaped platter and coordinating raindrop coasters from a marble slab and white glazed ceramic tiles. While this DIYer used a water jet machine, you can easily bring the Instructables templates to a machine shop where they can cut out the shapes for you.
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It's a fact of life: Counter space is a precious commodity. That's why we love eHow’s rustic knife rack, which makes that bulky block sitting on your counter obsolete. Using basic magnets and a wood board mounted to the wall, all of your best blades will be at the ready whenever you need to slice and dice—without having to guess which knife is which.
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To a Tea
Dress up basic white tea towels as more sophisticated fare using only a few humble supplies: white flour sack towels, an indigo dye kit, and a five-gallon bucket. Following Lovely Indeed’s step-by-step will leave you setting your table with elegant linens at a fraction of the price you'd have paid at the department store.
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Any cook worth her salt (pun intended) will tell you the importance of using spices. The only rub? A diverse spice collection can hog up a bunch of precious cabinet space. Instructables offers a downright scientific solution: placing each spice in a test tube and storing the tubes in a block of wood that's had holes bored into it.
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Across the Board
Francois et Moi’s do-it-yourself cutting board project uses painter’s tape, Plasti Dip paint, and a sizable piece of walnut or hickory to make a functional and fashionable kitchen accessory. Making this board is so easy that it’s a wonder why anyone would pay for one.
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Keep all your dry ingredients, such as sugar, flour, and oats, both fresh and a delight to behold. All you need is clear glass jars, spray paint, foam letters, a Sharpie, and this handy step-by-step from This Little Street. You're sure to smile every time you start cooking breakfast from here on out.
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