Is it time to give your kitchen a face lift? Luckily, it turns out you don't need to do a huge remodel to get a kitchen you love.
John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino, co-hosts of HGTV's "America's Most Desperate Kitchens," stopped by TODAY to give DIY tips on how to update your kitchen with the latest trends. They shared some of their best advice with us and provided step-by-step instructions on how to get the look on your own at home.The best part is their six simple DIY projects that will make any kitchen go from drab to fab without putting a huge dent in your bank account.
Photographic panels are perfect for personalizing any space. Print a photo on a large wooden panel and mount onto wall.
1. Important: Use laser-printed photos — take the image on a thumb drive to your local office supply store to print (cost: ~$3)
2. Cut wood to same size of print
3. Apply gel medium (pick up “gloss gel medium” at any craft store)
4. Remove/peel paper off of the wood with warm water
5. After paper has been completely removed, use an acrylic sealer or poly to seal wood
Reclaimed wood is great for adding earth tones to your living space. You can get inexpensive wood locally and create beautiful home accessories. All you need is a chop saw and nail gun.
1. Pick up wood from local hardware store or use pallet wood
2. Attach wood to pre-measured strips of wood using finishing nails, or screws from behind
3. Use a jig saw or router to cut wood into circle
4. Find house numbers and clock kits at hardware/hobby store
Divide me up!
Need more dining space for your guests? Modular tables allow for more seating by easily dividing the larger table into smaller ones. Put the tables together for a cozier family dining setting.
1. Pick up table base for $26
2. Modular tables are functional and stylish
3. Affordable way to provide multiply seating options
4. Three tables at 3’x 3’ can be made into one long table
Personalize cups, plates, and bowls in just a few simple steps. All you need is a paint brush, stencils, etching cream and rubbing alcohol.
1. Pick up glass etching cream at paint store
2. Wear rubber gloves, work in well-ventilated area
3. Rinse off cream in stainless steel (not porcelain) sink.
4. Turn a $1 glass plate into a personalized gift
5. Spray frost can be used to create the reverse effect
Customize your own wall art by creating a wood routing map. Wood burning kits are affordable and easy to use.
1. Choose picture for tracing
2. Draw/trace onto wood
3. Start by burning the main outline
4. Kits start at $10.95
5. Use transfer paper for easy image transfer
Chalkboard paint is perfect for labeling around the kitchen. Use chalkboard paint on a cheese board to separate cheeses, or you can even paint part of your fridge to create a space for a grocery list.
1. Before painting, wipe off surface with clean cloth
2. Tape off one end to define the area you want to paint
3. Paint two or three coats — allowing paint to dry between coats
4. Remove tape once dry
Hint: Before writing on your new chalkboard area, “season” the chalkboard paint by rubbing the entire surface with chalk. Wipe the chalk off and then write away!
1. Use a template to mark design on door
2. Use 120 grit sandpaper to scuff the surface to be painted
3. Clean prepped area thoroughly
4. Use template & masking tape to protect areas not to be painted
5. Spray primer
6. Cover primed area with chalkboard paint