Over time you can expect to replace certain kitchen items and have the existing ones fall into disuse. Before you relegate those things to the trash bin, consider repurposing them into kitchen decor. Incorporating these kitchen-themed items will make a bolder and more unique statement than if you went out and purchased a mass-market item at the home goods store. By doing it yourself, you will guarantee that no one will have a decor item the same as your own. Here are some great DIY ideas for repurposing your old kitchen items.
Kitchen Wall Art
The following project is an excellent way to spruce up your kitchen using custom decor. Simply find an inexpensive frame you are okay with altering and remove the glass insert. Paint the frame using a color that coordinates nicely with your kitchen. Remember to lay down a protective cloth on whatever surface you are using to do your project. Take a damp rag, wipe the frame clean and wait until it is dry. Paint the frame and allow to dry according to the paint can directions. Cut a piece of patterned fabric from a craft store and stretch it across the current cardboard backing included with the frame. Secure the taut edges with duct tape. Hot glue your old utensils to the new fabric backing and wait for them to dry. Then hang them up in your kitchen and enjoy!
Take your old metal spoons and forks and turn them into hooks for hanging keys, coffee cups, and even coats. First, find a piece of wood to mount the silverware on. You can keep the wood in its original condition or paint it a color of your preference. Use a pencil to mark each spot where you want the pieces to be mounted. Gather your spoons or forks and bend them near the center of the handle. If they are on the thicker side, boiling them will make them more pliable. Use tongs and protective gloves to do so. If you are hanging lightweight objects, use waterproof adhesive to secure the silverware to the wood. For heavier objects, secure with screws.
Cocktail Shaker Utensil Holder
Here’s a quick repurpose for that old cocktail shaker you’re not using. Purchase contact paper with a design that would look great in your kitchen and adhere to the outside of the container all over or in a striped pattern. That’s it! Put your whisk, wooden spoons and ladles inside and place on your counter!