House rich and decorating poor? Here are more Decorating On A Dime ideas from our piece “Decorating Your First Home On Your Last Dime.” Time to kick up your kitchen!
Turn Everyday Objects Into Objets D’Art: Ordinary items can add extraordinary charm when displayed with flair in your kitchen. Parade your vintage Thermoses across the tops of your cabinets. Restaurant-sized cans of frijoles refritos make bueno bookends for your cookbooks. For your kitchen walls, frame colorful 60s cookbook recipes and that ambrosia salad will finally be a masterpiece!
Spice Up Your Cabinets: Horrible cupboards, but no budget for a full facelift? Rejuvenate them with a coat of paint and updated hardware. Get mod by stenciling a six-inch street number on each door; a stencil set costs about $13 at OfficeMax. (You can tell your guests, “The goblets are in cabinet 7.”) For free-form fun, try chalkboard paint from the hardware store. You’ll have the perfect place to write your grocery list.
Display Your Wares: If your kitchen is cramped, think outside the pantry for storage. Unclutter your cupboards by displaying your pasta and spices in clear jars with antique-looking labels. A metal grate meant for a Weber grill can be hung from the ceiling as an inexpensive pot rack. Turn your kitchen into a culinary workshop by hanging your cooking utensils on a pegboard from Home Depot. Talk about form and function!