5 Bright Kitchen DIYs to Add to Your Fall To-Do List
There's already lots of DIYing happening in your kitchen — it's called cooking! Once you've baked your first fall pumpkin dessert, step away from the stove and focus on projects that have more to do with your design taste than your taste buds. Here are 5 DIY projects to help get your kitchen ready for fall.
Ogee Pattern Tea Towel
Get the first look at a brand new kitchen DIY from the November issue of HGTV Magazine, on newsstands now! Our instructions include an online-exclusive template to make sure that ogee pattern is just right. The project even makes an appearance on the cover. Pick up your copy now for even more fun DIY ideas. Plus, this tea towel is just as fun as it is easy.
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Even grocery lists look a little more glamorous pinned to the fridge with these gold-letter magnets. It's as simple as adding a coat of gold spray paint.
The DIY: 8 DIY Projects With Gold Paint
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Napkin Table Runner
In a resourceful move, we turned one kitchen item into another. Just connect four pretty fabric napkins to make this patterned table runner — voila!
The DIY: Create a Runner From Napkins
We're big on color in the kitchen, so it’s no surprise we decided to color-block basic counter canisters. Choose two complimentary colors (one lighter, one darker), seal, paint and let dry.
The DIY: How to Paint Color-Blocked Canisters
Painted Spoons Art
Your kitchen's walls need some love, too. Make this DIY shadow-box art using one of the most common kitchen staples — wooden spoons. Painted on one-half and lined up just so, these cooking essentials are elevated to a work of art.
The DIY: How-to Painted Spoons Kitchen Art
Hexagon Shelf: After
Brush a coat of primer onto all the surfaces of an unfinished hexagon shelf except its back edge. Let dry. Tape off the front edge, and paint the shelf (inside and out) the same color as your wall. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet. Let dry. Apply gold leaf to the front edge following the package instructions.
Our “before” chair had fallen prey to a not-so-crafty DIY upholsterer! Before taking it to a pro, we removed the fabric and the nailheads that were (gasp!) nailed into the pretty part of the chair frame; patched the holes with wood filler; then sanded, primed, and painted it. Our upholsterer replaced the foam and batting on the seat and back, then covered the seat with blue fabric and the back with green.
Fabric: (seat) Burton Solid Linen linen and rayon fabric in peacock, Duralee; (back) Wrangler cotton fabric in emerald, Fabricut; Paint: Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Remove the drawers and unscrew the knobs. Prime the frame, then paint it white. Brush a coat of wood conditioner on the drawer fronts, then apply two coats of wood finish, letting it dry between coats. Apply a coat of water-based polyurethane to the drawer fronts. Let dry. Add new knobs and replace the drawers. Nightstand: Little Neck 24"W x 18"D x 24"H pine nightstand, $199, gothiccabinetcraft.com; Knobs: Faceted Ory 1 1/2"-diameter brass knobs, $10 each, anthropologie.com; Paint: Pure White by Infinity from HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams at Lowe’s; Wood Finish: English Chestnut by Minwax
Pre-assembly, set aside the shelf and the glass top. Spray-paint the frame, and let dry. Apply marble-print contact paper to the top of the shelf, then cut a few thin strips to wrap around the shelf’s edge. Assemble the table. Table: Vittsjö 17¾"H x 29½"-diameter steel and particleboard coffee table in white, $50, ikea.com; Spray paint: Gold by Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic; Contact paper: Marble contact paper, $8 for a 39" x 17¾" sheet, darbysmart.com
(Clockwise from top) House of Hampton Aylett 28"W x 13"D x 28 1/4"H linen and MDF cabinet, $233, wayfair.com; Blue Manor 44"W x 12"D x 36"H mahogany cabinet, $1,198, guildmaster.com for stores; Privilege International 43"W x 17 1/2"D x 34 1/2"H wood cabinet in indigo blue, $747.50, atgstores.com
(Clockwise from top left) Devotion 9"H x 7"-diameter glass vase, $65, cyandesign.biz for stores; Vitreluxe 12"H x 6"-diameter glass vase in blue, $49, westelm.com; Rotunda 8"H x 8 1/4"-diameter glass vase in blue green, $38, anthropologie.com; Tozai Home porcelain vases in aquamarine, $330 for a mixed set of 6 (smallest is 5"H x 3 3/4"-diameter), burkedecor.com; Distressed stoneware vases in aqua blue, $32 for a mixed set of 3 (smallest is 4 ½"H x 4"-diameter), creativecoop.com for stores
(Clockwise from top left) Oksancia Textile Peony Garden wallpaper in navy, $60 for a single roll, spoonflower.com; Global Chic Zen Garden wallpaper in navy, $50 for a single roll, yorkwall.com for stores; Deco Diamond wallpaper in blue, $35 for a single roll, chasingpaper.com; Crisbucknall Aztec Diamond Ocean wallpaper, $60 for a single roll, spoonflower.com
(From left) Iittala Nappula 7 1/2"H x 3 1/2"-diameter brass candlestick in gold finish, $80, macys.com; Cursive 7"W x 5"D x 11 1/2"H metal candlestick, $32, anthropologie.com; Illuminaria Ori stainless steel candlesticks in gold finish, $107 for a mixed set of 3 (small is 10"H x 3 1/2"-diameter), allmodern.com
DIY Felt Stockings
Go to hgtv.com/diy-stockings to get the complete instructions, as well as download the templates for these festive designs. Felt: Wool felt, $9.50 per yard, tadaastudio.com; Iron-on fusing: 805 Wonder-Under fusible webbing, $3 per yard, joann.com
DIY Tea Towel
This towel’s bold ogee pattern—which mimics our cover’s wall tiles—looks complicated, but it’s simple to replicate. All you need are crafts paints, custom-made stamps, and a plain dish towel. Click here for the full DIY how-to instructions.
DIY Gold Pumpkins
Pop off the stem of a faux pumpkin; set the stem aside. Apply gold leaf to the pumpkin following the package instructions. Spray the pumpkin with a clear sealer made for gold leaf. Reattach the stem with crafts glue. Pumpkins 6"-diameter and 3 1/4"-diameter artificial pumpkins, from $4 each, zimmermanmarketplace.com
Easy Little Makeover
Use spray mount to adhere pretty paper to ho-hum office supplies. Magazine holder: Paper Indigo double-sided gift wrap in turquoise, white, and cobalt blue, $9 per roll, smockpaper.com. Storage Box: Paper Keiko single-sided gift wrap in hot pink and white, $7.50 per roll, smockpaper.com. Pencil Cup: Paper Brewster Home Fashions Stitch Stripe wallpaper in pink, decorativebuyingservice.com for buying info