Most of us spend a good deal of time in our kitchens these days, and it’s not just for cooking. More homes are being built with the kitchen as the hub of the home, and even if you’re on a tight budget, that shouldn’t stop you from kitchen decorating and making it a pleasant and personal place to be! Here are some great ideas to get you started…

If your cabinets are in need of a total overhaul, consider painting them. Nothing changes the look of a kitchen faster. Visit the library for info on faux finishing, or use the internet to find free instructions and turn a simple paint job into a one of a kind kitchen.

Kitchen decorating on a budget


If you don’t want the hard work that goes into total repainting, consider removing a cupboard door to make a display cabinet. Paint the entire interior of the cabinet a light or bright accent color, and put your prettiest on display. Or have someone experienced with power tools cut out the center panels of the doors, then shirr fabric over the opening on inside to hide the contents of the cupboard, and secure with a staple gun or Velcro tape.

Pick up inexpensive plate hangers from the hardware store and hang the saucers from your good china around the back-splash, or as a border. Don’t have any china? Visit garage sales and thrift stores this weekend to pick up a bunch of sweet little plates for a song. (No, they don’t have to match, or be fancy!)

Kitchen decorating ideas


Hang tea towels on the diagonal over your curtain rod for a fresh summer valance, and save some extra to stitch up into potholders and place-mats.

Make a floor cloth to perk up your tired floors from a piece of remnant vinyl flooring you get at a home improvement center for just a few dollars. Turn the piece over to the backside, and give it a coat or two of good primer, then a coat of any base coat color. Then use masking tape, stencils, stamps, sponges or freehand painting to impart a design that fits your room. Be sure to seal it with a couple of coats of water based polyurethane, and it will wipe clean for years! This is a great way to customize your kitchen for little money. Lets face it, rugs are expensive, impossible to keep clean in a kitchen, and are usually the same old boring thing. This is also a great way to cover an aging or damaged floor, as you can make the floorcloth to whatever size you need.

Painted floor cloth


Save empty bottles and fill with colored water to set on the windowsills, or line up the bottles and fill with one flower each from your garden to brighten any kitchen for free.

Flowers on windowsill


Grow plants from seed on your windowsills! Even grass seed has become very vogue. (Don’t tell anyone, because I usually shy away from “vogue”, but I really like the grass thing!)

Above all, invoke your family into the place where you spend the most time. I’ve heard some designers say you should keep your refrigerator clear to prevent clutter, NO MAGNETS! But honestly, what would my kitchen be without my kids drawings stuck all over the door? It wouldn’t be the place I want to spend most of my time. I even have a couple of framed photos of my kids, right on the kitchen counter!

Kids Art in Kitchen

So make your kitchen decorating an important part of YOUR home, and have fun doing it!

Image Credits: HGTV, Home Depot, In My Own Style, Just About Home, Elle Decor

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