16th Jan2013


Upcycling Ideas for the Kitchen

by Dinah Wulf

Writing this blog, I see so many amazing and creative upcycling ideas.  Upcycling is when you take something old or unused and turn it into something more useful and beautiful.   It’s not a new idea by any means; rather I think it has become more of a fun a trend in today’s tough economy.   I’ve done my share of recycled craft projects but some people just amaze me with the things that they create.  Today, I wanted to focus specifically on upcycling ideas for the kitchen.

This if a fun idea from Sweet Something Design.  She turned a “hideous glitter tray” she found at a discount craft store, spray painted it a glossy white, and covered it with recycled bottle caps that she also spray painted in her favorite Summer time colors.  With a layer of acrylic water on top, she turned this unwanted tray into a fabulous serving tray.

Upcycling ideas for the kitchen (5)

Now this upcycling idea is pure genius.  I would have never thought of it.  This is a recycled child’s puzzle play mat turned into a kitchen mat from DIY Show Off.  With a little primer, paint, and creativity, she created New Orleans poster inspired kitchen floor mat.

Upcycling ideas for the kitchen (2)

Oh how I wish I had the source for this one!  I found this on Pinterest a long time ago, saved the picture, and lost the source. L  If anyone knows, please leave a comment to I can give them credit!  This is an old cabinet door turned into a lovely menu board!  Who wouldn’t want this in their kitchen???

Upcycling ideas for the kitchen (3)

A fabulous idea from Life Hacker, this is an old fence turned kitchen peg board!

Upcycled Kitchen Peg Board

OK, here’s another one I lost the source for!! I feel horrible.  Again, please let me know if this one is yours!  This upcycled lighting idea is unique FOR SURE and I can’t picture it in any other room BUT the kitchen.  They are colorful vintage colanders turned chandelier!

Upcycling ideas for the kitchen (1)

Fun fun fun!  This next piece of inspiration is from The Crafted Sparrow.  Turn that jar of pennies sitting in your closet into fabulous kitchen wall art!

Upcycling ideas for the kitchen (4)

So many ideas, so little time.  Hope you enjoyed my favorite upcycling ideas for the kitchen!

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials! In case you missed them!

The following two tabs change content below.
Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
Dinah Wulf

Latest posts by Dinah Wulf (see all)

7 Responses to “Upcycling Ideas for the Kitchen”

  • Kim L.

    I saw the cabinet/chalkboard pin too and someone said it was an item in a catalogue that would be easy to recreate

  • Thanks so much for including my painted foam playmat in your great collection of budget-friendly DIY ideas! xo

  • Wendy

    I found the tutorial for the interlocking painted mat. It’s on diyshowoff.com search “paintedplay mat”
    However another post on painting these mats (for the floor) indicate that the paint cracks under normal use. So unless you have a special technique that prevents that happening it sounds like priming and painting won’t last unless used for wall decor or something.

  • What great ideas! Pinned em!

Trackbacks & Pings

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *