The kitchen is the heart of the home. For most people, this is a universal gathering place where friends and family come together several times a day. A space that’s both functional and welcoming will draw everyone in and give them a warm place to eat, work, socialize, and share. The right DIY projects can transform your standard kitchen into something really special. Consider these intriguing options.
Peel and Stick Tile Backsplash
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Updating your backsplash will instantly add color and interest to your kitchen. Thanks to handy peel and stick tiles, you can add a DIY backsplash with minimal time and effort. Just measure your space and cut the peel and stick tiles to fit. Remove the backing and lay the tiles gently against the wall. Don’t press until you’re sure of the placement, as these forgivable tiles allow you to remove and reposition them twice if needed.
Once your tiles are firmly in place, finish the project by squeezing grout on a float and applying it to the backsplash in a diagonal motion. Push grout into the joints, moving first in one direction then in the opposite diagonal. Wipe the area down with a sponge and you’re finished!
Rolling Bar Cart
Homeowners who love to entertain will adore the idea of a handy rolling bar cart. You can build a bar cart to your personal specifications using lengths of lumber for vertical supports and laminated pine panels for shelves. Easily customizable, you can build your cart to fit in any nook or corner, no matter the size.
A slatted shelf will create grooves that nestle wine bottles. Hardware like hooks, glass holders, and cabinet pulls will help you store everything from wine glasses to dish towels. Rolling casters on the bottom make the cart a movable fixture so you can take the party to the porch, living room, or elsewhere in the house.
Bright and Cheerful Shelving
Shelving is a functional necessity in your kitchen, but it can also make a bold statement about your style. Put your dinnerware on display by replacing solid cabinet doors with glass paneled ones, or removing the doors altogether. Brighten up your shelves by applying wallpaper to the back or the cabinet, painting the interior, or sticking patterned washi tape to the front of the shelves, or any combination of the three.
You can make the items inside your bright cabinet a bit more eye-catching as well. Use porcelain paint to turn mugs and dishes into works of art. Use chalkboard paint or a chalkboard label on snack and spice jars for a charming touch that also boosts your organization. Your everyday items can become a cheerful and homey display with these easy tricks.
The kitchen has a natural allure that draws people in to this gathering place. Whether it’s the promise of good company or the warm spicy smell of a mouth-watering dinner that draws you in, it’s almost impossible to resist the pull. Give your kitchen a fun, festive atmosphere in any season with these attractive updates.
Easy do it yourself cleaning recipes to use in your home. They don’t have any chemicals that will aggravate anyone’s asthma or allergies.
1. All-purpose cleaner
Using cleaning products that don’t have harsh smells is a good start. You can also make your own using a few simple steps and inexpensive ingredients.
3 cups distilled water
1 teaspoon natural dish soap
3 cups white vinegar
A few drops of an essential oil of your choice (tea tree oil, lemon or orange oils are good choices)
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and use the solution to clean countertops, floors and walls. A word of caution: Do not use vinegar solutions on marble surfaces.
2. Glass cleaner
3 cups distilled water
3 cups white vinegar
A few drops of an essential oil of your choice. I usually use lemon oil or lavender.
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and use the solution to clean glass surfaces, including mirrors.
3. Furniture polish
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and use the solution to polish wood surfaces.
Baking soda and white vinegar can clean toilets and showers.
If you want some abrasion to remove a stain, try sprinkling some salt on the stain.
After you’ve squeezed a lemon for a recipe, rub the inside of the rind in your kitchen sink. The lemon will clean the sink and keep it smelling fresh.
These glass squirt bottles are good if your using essential oils.
With our lives as busy as they are, we need to make a special effort to take time out to actually handmade something from scratch. It’s a worthwhile thing to do, though and can hold many benefits for you and your family. Read on to find out more.
Satisfaction of seeing a job well done
First of all, one of the best thing about sewing your own items at home is that you get the satisfaction of seeing a job through from the beginning to then end. How many of us can say that we get to do this on a daily basis? It’s so common that, in our specialized places of work, we are only responsible for our small piece of the puzzle. That is why is such a refreshing change to be able to follow a project through fully.
In addition, creative activities such as sewing and painting have been shown to help improve our mood and mental health. So not only do you get the benefit of doing something fun, but it could actually help to improve the quality of your life as well.
Homemade gifts : You have creative control
Another advantage of sewing items yourself is that you have ultimate creative control over the end product. You get to choose the colors and the finish. You can make a tweak here and there when you-you get a bit more advanced too.
For any skill level
One of the greatest thing about sewing is that is works for any skill level. Beginners can start with basic projects like eye masks or pursues. While more experienced may opt for items of clothing like dresses or shirts.
Some people prefer to try their hand a decorative embroidery. While others like to make practical things from their home like peg bags and oven gloves. There really is no end to the possibilities of things that you can make, which mean you’ll never get bored either.
Homemade gifts are special
One of the things about sewing gifts yourself is that, those that receive them are made to feel really special. They know how much work and time you have put into this item for them. It’s a really nice way of expressing your love, even if you haven’t got loads of money to spend. That is why homemade gifts often have a lot more sentimental value than store bought ones.
Cost a lot less
One of the best benefits of sewing items yourself is that you can get a similar product for a lot less money. One you have your own sewing machine, you can buy wholesale fabric and materials and make multiple items from one batch of stuff. It’s much cheaper to make things from scratch than it is to buy them, all it costs you is your time.
They can be personalized
The fact that home sewn items can be personalized is another big draw for those that enjoy sewing. You can add names or initials. Or even particular phrases and designed that are meaningful for the recipient.
This is a collaborative post with YourOrganicChild.com
With kids going to back to school parents are back to making school lunches. We thought these print up lunch stickers are perfect to label your child’s lunch. These labels can be printed off you own printer and best of all its free. They can be printed on regular paper or sticker paper. To download visit HERE. There are other stickers to choose from also.
I found a nice chore chart you can print up and laminate that may make it easier to get your kids to help out a little around the house. This one is from dltk-cards.com. This free chore chart for kids features Spongebob that you customize and print up yourself, it can be printed in color or black and white. Go to this site to easily customize it and print it, http://www.dltk-cards.com/chart/