4 Easy DIY Kitchen Projects

I live in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse that will be turning 100 years old in two years. It came with vintage pine floors, big windows, tall ceilings, and brick fireplaces. But architectural details? Not so much… Not to worry, though, we just added them in! If you have a kitchen that needs a little personalization, these are the projects for you. Here’s some suggestions to DIY a little character into your kitchen space.

1. Plate rack with recipe


To make this project, start with a blank wall. We chose this space in a hallway area between the kitchen and living room. It needed a little character without using up a lot of space. Next, we framed out the area between the two walls with 1 x 3 pine boards.

Then we added in ledges for platters and plates and attached them to the frame. After this, we added two strips of picture molding to hold the platters in place. Lastly, we painted the frame and wall white and added a recipe from vinyl letters. It’s an easy way to make a statement piece out of a blank wall.

2. Faux Transom Window


Because the ceilings in the kitchen are so high, we had a large amount of blank space between the top of the window frame and the ceiling, which made the windows look smaller.

Molding to the rescue! We simply extended the 1 x 6 frame around the window approximately 24” tall. We left the inside of the frame blank, added picture frame molding around the center of the frame and added crown molding to the top.

Then we painted the entire window molding and extended moldings white to create the illusion of a faux transom window. Linen curtains and white shutters complete the farmhouse look.

3. DIY Painted Yard Sale Hutch


To create the look of built-in cabinets for half the price, why not add a yard-sale hutch to your kitchen? This piece was found in an old garage and we bought it for $75. Next, we sanded, primed and painted it gray and placed in the kitchen for extra storage. The shelves are full of white ware and the bottom is used to store extra dishes, platters, napkins and holiday décor.

4. DIY Transom from Old Windows


When we remodeled the kitchen, we removed the wall in between the family room and the hallway. We also enlarged the opening in the kitchen wall and raised the doorway.This left us with an awkward opening.

The solution? To make our own DIY transom from old windows. We created a frame from existing windows to fit the space, using six window frames in all. Next, we attached the windows to the opening, using extra moldings on the side to make sure the windows fit. Lastly, we added a piece of molding at the bottom to complete the transom look and painted everything white.

As you can see with these projects, it’s easy to add a little character to a space with some DIY projects. Make your space your own with molding, paint, and a little creativity. Your kitchen will thank you. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.
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KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.


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