Functional and Fun Kitchen Ideas for Decorating

  • 01 of 05

    Creating a Kitchen That Works

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    Decorating a kitchen should be fun, yet also produce a kitchen that is efficient and organized. After all, there are beautiful kitchens, and then there are amazingly beautiful kitchens. What makes the later stand out from the rest is that they not only work well, but they look great while doing it.

    On the following pages, you’ll find kitchen ideas for decorating that not only work wonders but look great, too. Most of these kitchen ideas are easy to make or build yourself and can be done on a...MORE dime.

    If you need extra storage, better storage, or are looking to add a bit of inexpensive yet unique flair to your kitchen, these functional yet fun kitchen ideas will certainly get your creative juices flowing.

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  • 02 of 05

    Grocery Lists & Menu Chalkboard

    A must for almost any kitchen is a grocery and/or a menu list, and these kitchen chalkboards have been elevated to an art form. These ideas not only look great but will keep anyone organized. And after the shopping and cooking is done, all one has to do is erase! Click on the links below to find tutorials and more fun ideas.

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    • This chalkboard wall from ilovehoneylace (via tumblr; original blog no longer active) uses a fun typeface to add a bit of whimsey to an otherwise...MORE boring chore.
    • Eleven Magnolia Lane transformed an ordinary pantry into an uber organized kitchen workstation by adding chalkboard paint to the interior cupboard doors.
    • Whipperberry wasted no space when she painted a beautiful menu board on the side of her china cabinet. She has since updated the menu with Silhouette letters, making it look even better, though the original was perfect, too!
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  • 03 of 05

    Pot Hangers & Storage

    Pot and pans can be the hardest kitchen essential to store because they don't stack, at least not well. Pots and pans are more convenient when close at hand while cooking, and one wants pots, pans and lids tumbling out every time a cabinet door is opened. Large custom pot drawers are lovely, but expensive. These pot hangers and pot storage solutions are frugal yet fabulous. Click on the links for more information.

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    • An old ladder as a pot hanger? Fabulous! This wonderful reuse...MORE idea featured on Desire to Inspire would look as cozy in a farmhouse kitchen as it would in a loft apartment. After all, aged wood is the new urban.
    • Peg board is super cheap, and with a coat of spray paint, looks super fine like in this pot hanger idea featured on Apartment Therapy. This idea would also be perfect for small kitchens since it utilizes that often wasted space above the stove.
    • Keep those pots hidden with this perfect DIY pot hanger idea from Between 3 Sisters. Click on the link for a fabulous how-to.
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  • 04 of 05

    Built-In Kitchen Storage

    Forgo expensive custom cabinetry and opt to DIY your own built-in kitchen storage. Most of these ideas can easily be completed in a weekend with minimal carpentry skills. Click on the links for more details.

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    • A built-in paper towel holder, like this one featured by Southern Living, is easily fit into an empty drawer space, making this flush design melt into the kitchen decor while still keeping the towels close at hand.
    • The Farm Chicks tucked in a cutting board,...MORE complete with a scrap hole, directly over the kitchen trash can. Absolutely genius!
    • Add thin, inexpensive wood boards for drawer dividers, like in this photo via Pinterest, and it will probably cost much less than those fancy drawer organizers. For another frugal but simple idea - no saw required - use pretty linen drawer dividers to organize you kitchen utensils. Or to free up drawer space, stand them up in pretty vintage tins or paper-covered tin cans like in this colorful kitchen.
    • All that wasted space behind the baseboard of your cabinets is about to be put to good use with this toe-kick drawer tutorial from The Family Handyman.
    • These aren't exactly built-ins, making them perfect for renters (but homeowners would love it, too!) Pretty baskets hung on peg board, like in this photo by Martha Stewart, give tons of extra storage for just a few dollars. For another unique look, shop for vintage baskets like metal locker bins or enamel bread boxes to hang from peg board, or simply hang tin cans from s-hooks for an upcycle storage idea.
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  • 05 of 05

    Art for the Kitchen

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    Let your utensils take center stage - or at least center wall - with these fun, DIY art ideas for your kitchen. From kitchen decals that feature the ever popular fork and spoon, to framed sporks that celebrate the most famously merged utensil of all time, these art for the kitchen ideas can be easily adapted to your own style and colors.

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    • Buy plastic serving spoons at dollar stores for a buck each, and dip them into various colors for fun - and colorful - kitchen...MORE wall art. Idea via Pinterest.
    • The principle of feng shui states that a mirror hung over an oven magnifies wealth, but we think this pretty mirror crafted from take-out spoons will look priceless hanging anywhere in your kitchen. Idea via Pinterest.
    • Make 3D pop art by framing your dinnerware on top of a pretty fabric or scrapbook paper. Idea via Pinterest.
    • This kitchen wall decal from High Style Wall Decals features a triage of utensils yet costs a mere $24 for the regular size. For another style, see this utensil wall decal from Household Words.