Yesterday, we talked about fun and inexpensive ways to upgrade your kitchen
cabinets and countertops, and today we’re going to finish our DIY kitchen ideas by looking at backsplashes, custom kitchen islands and easy storage options.Get Creative with Backsplashes
Adding a backsplash to your cooking area is a quick and easy way to update your kitchen. The toughest part of this project will be making a decision because there are so many great options!Tile is definitely the most popular option for backsplashes. It’s easy to install and keep clean, and comes in an amazing variety of sizes and color combinations. For example, a copper-coated tile that naturally patinas over time creates a one-of-a-kind look.For a more modern feel, consider an easy-to-install stainless steel backsplash. Or, to create a rustic look, consider stacked-stone panels. Depending on how bold your choice, your backsplash can easily become the major design component of your kitchen.Make Your Own Custom Kitchen Island
If you have the room, definitely consider adding an island to your kitchen. Kitchen islands
provide extra counter space for meal preparation, a serving surface for parties and a casual dining space.A factory-ordered island may perfectly match your cabinets, but it may not fit your budget. If not, check out antique stores and look for an unexpected item to serve as your kitchen island. You’ll save a lot of money, get all of the benefits of a traditional island and have a great conversation piece when guests visit your home.Old butcher tables or an antique piece like a chest of drawers, display case or console table that fits your space could work well. Then, highlight your custom island with a chandelier or pendant lamps to create a unique look!Maximize Storage to Avoid Clutter
The first principle of feng shui
is to get rid of clutter, and for good reason! Who can unwind and create a healthy, delicious meal in a kitchen when you have to empty every cabinet and drawer to find the one item you need?As you upgrade your kitchen, add smart storage to help make it a clean, organized space where you’ll want to spend time preparing and enjoying meals with family and friends. Here are some ideas:- Install multiple shelf units within cabinets to double and sometimes triple your storage space.- Make faux drawers functional by converting them to tilting drawers that hold sponges and other small cleaning supplies.- Install a rack that hangs underneath the cabinets with hooks to hang coffee mugs.- Add a magnetic strip to the wall to safely store knives and save drawer space.If you’re looking to update other items in your kitchen, such as appliances or lighting, be open-minded to secondhand steals and great deals. With a little patience, you may just get everything you need for your dream kitchen without the hefty price tag!Our thanks to guest blogger Bryn Huntpalmer for this piece. For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com. Feature image courtesy of Modernize.com.