Winter is the best time to be in the kitchen: soup’s on, cookies are in the oven, and if you’re in Seattle, it’s probably stormy outside. No matter how big or small, the kitchen is always the coziest (and most delicious) place to be.
Over the years, we’ve augmented and updated our kitchens with tens of DIY projects and organization hacks. From extending counter prep space to finding sneaky ways to add storage, we've likely found a creative DIY solution to whatever area of your kitchen you want to upgrade.
Below you’ll find the cream of our DIY kitchen project crop—our eight most popular kitchen projects (plus a little design advice from our friends at Miller Interior Design).
How To Maximize a Small Kitchen
What’s the most efficient way to arrange your kitchen when you’re short on space—without compromising on style? Our friend Keith Miller of Miller Interior Design shares his creative DIY tricks to make even the tiniest of kitchens fit your life and design tastes.
Butcher Block Kitchen Island on Wheels
We’d argue that an island is the most versatile tool in any kitchen—it expands your prep space, gives dinner guests a place to congregate, and can even double as a kitchen table. Our DIY take uses a pre-cut butcher block and galvanized pipe for legs. It’s so easy to build, you can have it ready by dinner time!
Herb Wall Planter
There’s nothing like the convenience (or flavor) of having fresh herbs in your garden. If you’re short on yard space (or just want to rest your green thumb over winter), bring the herbs inside with this space-saving wall planter that’ll sprout all year long.
Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder
Form meets function with this simple-yet-beautiful copper and wood paper towel holder. Make it yours by switching up the shape of the base or pipe material!
DIY Kitchen Island and Epoxy Countertop
This take on a DIY kitchen island adds even more functionality to your kitchen by using modular cabinets for the base. Finish it off with a shiny white countertop using two-part epoxy—which is a surprisingly simple process.
Peg Board Storage Solution
We’re always on the lookout for storage solutions that declutter and simplify everyday life—and this storage board delivers on both fronts. It’s simple, stylish, and can be modified to fit in your kitchen, bathroom, closet, and beyond!
Midcentury Modern Dining Room Table
Simple silhouettes, organic materials, and narrow legs are key features of midcentury modern furniture. Unfortunately, so are hefty price tags. We used store-bought hairpin legs to bring you a more cost-effective DIY take on a midcentury modern dining table—so you can bring the same simple elegance into your home without breaking the bank.
Wood Cutting Board
Have you ever wanted to make your own cutting board? Maybe in the shape of your home state? We’re here to tell you: It’s simpler than it might sound! This amazingly easy yet ever-so-stunning hardwood cutting board requires only a few tools and materials to put together.
Spice organization isn’t just practical—it’s a necessity. For those of us who cook often, we know how frustrating it can be to go through each tiny spice jar one by one, trying to find the right ingredient. With a few pieces of wood and some screws, you can put together this simple tiered spice rack that’s sure to save you time in the kitchen.
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