Many people describe the kitchen as the heart of the home, it can also be the heart of your creativity and a place to show of your unique personality and DIY skills. If you are an avid Upcycler then it is the perfect place to go crazy with your ingenuity. Here is a roundup of DIY Kitchen Makeover ideas that got us salivating to try ourselves.
We love this idea of using old cutlery as hooks. If you have a drill and an old plank of wood you should be able to do this fairly simply as lots of older cutlery is fairly bendy (if you use a hammer). But we found this video from The Badger Workshop that shows a step by step guide of how to do this if you have a fully stocked workshop of clamps, saws and precision drilling tools. We don’t think you have to be this precise to have a go at this but we found this video strangely calming to watch – probably something to do with the background music – a bit of voyeuristic upcycling chill out time anyone?
Even More Hook Ideas
Will you ever buy an ‘off the shelf’ hook rack again? We think not!
Kitchen Cabinet Door Makeovers
No DIY Kitchen Makeover is complete without having a crack at upcycling your kitchen cabinets is it? Above are some gorgeous examples of what you can achieve and here is a link to the How to Guide provided to Upcycle My Stuff by the lovely Beverley Wilde at Revamped. The guide includes the step by step process and materials needed to complete your own DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover!
Kitchen Island Upcycles
Can’t afford to buy a brand new kitchen island? We love these examples of kitchen islands made from repurposed doors and dressers. The dresser idea in particular provides handy storage and is probably a more practical size for most kitchens. The only thing you have to put more thought into is the top. Will you use it for cutting and food prep? Are you willing to re-oil and sand it once a year? If so, and your dresser or door is wood, you can leave it as is and refinish it as needed. If you’d rather not deal with that hassle you can source a new or new from old marble top for your dresser like the second photo to give yourself a durable surface that just needs wiped clean.
Kitchen not big enough for even a dresser sized island? Could you fit an IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Trolley? We’ve got a How to Guide for how to turn your basic IKEA trolley into a stylish butcher’s block piece with stained wood top and white legs. Our writer liked it so much when she was done she started referring to it as her Kitchen Island! You can find the guide here.
DIY Kitchen Backsplash
We think this chalkboard kitchen wall is a super simple but effective idea if you have open shelving like this coffee bar. But you could also do the same for just a backsplash area with cupboards above. You can use it to keep a note of groceries you need to remember to pick up! Use Chalkboard paint or Chalkboard contact paper to achieve the look.
We wouldn’t recommend this one for a backsplash behind a sink unless you are going to coat it with an epoxy resin when your done to protect it. But for areas of the kitchen that get less moisture this is a true waste reuse upcycle. If you want the look of the kitchen in the photo you need to slice your corks lengthways and use an adhesive to stick the flat side to the wall. If you don’t have enough corks for this you could try slicing them horizontally to create circular disk shapes that would be much thinner and therefore you’d get more coverage from them.
Unfortunately we couldn’t source a how to guide for this one, but in terms of a found object upcycle we think it looks super cool. We reckon the countertop lip up the back of the sink would need to be pretty deep for this or you’d have to have a stone cutter to get a flat surface on the back of the stones so they could be glued effectively. We presume the weight of the stones support each other as opposed to relying on adhesive to take the weight. Probably not the most practical idea on this list but it looks stunning! If you manage to achieve something similar we’d love to see it and hear how. Comment below or join us over on Facebook in our Upcycle My Stuff – Share My Stuff Facebook Group.
We love the trend for copper in the kitchen, including backsplashes. We found a peel and stick copper backsplash here, but you could also paint another material (or your existing backsplash in situ) with a kitchen friendly copper paint to achieve a similar look.
Vintage Items as Kitchen Wall Art
We love, love, love this use of old and otherwise unusable vintage kitchen items as wall decor. We think it brings that cozy cottage/farmhouse chic style to life. The pie dishes as recipe display holders would be great for old handwritten family recipes that you want to make sure you don’t loose and the picture frame display piece is our definition of an easy peasy beginners upcycle project – hammer in a few nails, tie your objects on with some twine and hang your window as if it were a picture! This upcycled vintage tray however takes a bit more explaining. Thankfully the lovely Rachel Gray from Bramble and Berries has written us up a tutorial on how to turn an old unused vintage silver tray into an original piece of wall art to finish off your kitchen makeover.
Add to your Kitchen Makeover with Unusual Objects
Need to clear out an old study or library? See if you can reuse any of those old items in the kitchen. These one’s aren’t everyone’s style but that’s the beauty of upcycling, you can make it your own. If you like the book knife stand idea but you don’t have any books that quite suit your decor what about making book jackets from wallpaper or gift wrap offcuts to make a design statement that suits the rest of your kitchen?
Okay so this one isn’t about reusing your wooden spoons as something else, its just about making your wooden spoons a bit more fun. We have seen versions where the actual spoon end was painted – but that makes them totally impractical. We also wanted to highlight the opportunity of doing something like this as an easy start upcycling or craft business. Many people think they need lots of space to start an upcycling business but you don’t need much space for this and we think they make great gifts. And great gifts are a pretty good recipe for business. So maybe your next DIY Kitchen Makeover will spark a future business? Or maybe you’ll just have some pretty spoons!
Finished upcycling your kitchen? Want to move on to the rest of the house? Check out our Top Upcycled Armchair Ideas