These decorating and storage ideas will make your kitchen a place you want to spend time in -- even when you aren't cooking or baking.
Fashioning a gingham pattern for a kitchen backsplash is easier than it might seem, and it's a simple way to bring color and pattern to a space dominated by white cabinets. To make the backsplash, buy small tiles in three different colors. Repeat a pattern of three colors in four squares: white next to a medium shade, over the same medium shade next to a darker shade.
Magnetic bulletin boards are handy, but the color options are limited. Make your own and you can match the powder blue of your kitchen.
First, paint a prestretched artist's canvas. When it's dry, turn it over. Coat a piece of cut-to-fit sheet metal with spray adhesive, and attach it to the back of the canvas. Place a same-size piece of foam board on top of the metal. Then screw mirror clips (one on each side) into the frame and a sawtooth hanger on the back, toward the top. Glue ribbon around the edges for a finished look.
Airtight (well-sealed) containers made of plastic or glass let you see quickly how much of one ingredient you have left. These containers also protect dried goods from humidity and pests. Whether they match or not, containers can be displayed on the counter or up on open shelves in attractive ways that can actually decorate a corner of your kitchen.
Store serving trays, platters, and cutting boards with tension curtain rods. Measure the vertical distance between two cupboard shelves. Position appropriate-size rods between the shelves, as shown. Twist rods to tighten, so their inner springs will keep them upright. Use two rods on both sides of each item, spacing them according to the dimensions of individual pieces.
Don't feel limited by the existing storage you have in your kitchen. Take, for example, the cabinet where you store dishes and serving pieces. You can add capacity to that space by looking for ways to use it efficiently. In fact, it can be as easy as installing store-bought plate and bowl racks.
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