When I thought about writing this post and curating ideas, I had two criteria in mind: the projects had to offer a good bang for your buck, AND, they had to be projects I would be willing to tackle myself. Most of these projects are easy to implement, but a couple of them involve a bit of work and a modest outlay of cash (the kitchen island for one), but are absolutely, positively worth it.
I purchased plastic cutting boards several years ago that were labeled for different items, such as the ones below, but these are far nicer and have the additional benefit of adding a pop of color to your kitchen.
I’ve always been a huge fan of utilizing the space behind doors. I don’t have a viable link for this next project so I thought about not including it, but once I took a good look at it I realized a ‘how-to’ isn’t really necessary. With the exception of the bins on the bottom, which look store bought, it’s basically using 2×4’s, scrap wood, nails and L brackets configured to whatever design you want/need.
More and more kitchens are being designed with deep drawers instead of inefficient deep cabinets, and here’s an easy way to keep items organized in them.
Remember cd’s? Don’t throw away their holders! Use them to organize those tupperware tops that always seem to go missing.
This project hits the trifecta. It’s an island, has storage and holds recycling bins.
I’ve used fun paper to line my drawers in our kitchen and bath. It’s an easy project that doesn’t cost a lot of time or money, and I guarantee every time you open your drawers you’ll be so glad you took on this project.
A while back we updated our kitchen island with AirStone and I love it, but if we hadn’t done that, this project would have been a great alternative.
Add a rustic touch to your kitchen and at the same time create a practical place to store some fruit and veggies.
This copper pipe towel holder would be a welcome addition to almost any style kitchen, and it’s a super easy and practical project.
So what do you think? Any of these projects you realistically might do?
In other news…
Last week I kinda screwed up. I had pre-scheduled a post about a friend’s kitchen redo, but then I decided to show you some pics of some model homes we visited in Florida instead. The only issue is I forgot to reschedule the kitchen post to THIS week, so both went out at basically the same time. Strangely enough, very few people got the email about the kitchen, so in case you missed it you can check it out here. I’d love to know what you think!
We will soon be leaving Naples and heading to Venice, one of my favorite spots in Florida. Our friends bought a house there a couple of weeks ago and I’m excited to check it out. You remember Penny, the one with the beautiful house on the lake in our community? Well, she’s the lucky duck who bought a brand spanking new home in a lovely, gated community with a kick ass clubhouse. Can’t wait to see it and maybe show you some pics with her permission, but they won’t be moving in until the end of February.
Speaking of pics, I snagged a few the other day of some homes on the Gulf in a town just south of Naples called Port Royal. All I can say is OMG! I took those with my dslr and need to figure out how to get them onto my iPad. Once I do I’ll share them so we can all drool together.
The weather continues to be lovely, and we are basically doing the typical Florida type stuff..biking, going to the beach, playing pickleball, etc. I’m still heavily into chess and Fisherman got me a portable set and we’ve played a couple of games at night. Internet isn’t that great and we have limited tv channels so it’s something to do :).
We’re heading out to see ‘A Dog’s Purpose’. Hey, how bad can it be? It’s about dogs!