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Get creative in the kitchen

15 April 2014
Think you can’t afford a bespoke kitchens? Think again. With a small budget and a little imagination you can turn a standard kitchen into one that’s personalised, modern and unique.
Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised. Kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, shelving unit and dining area. Most things have been customised.
IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath. IKEA kitchen cabinet decorated with tape in different colours and patterns. Scissors and tape underneath.

A big return on a small investment

Decorative tape is a big hit in home crafting and comes in a huge number of colours and patterns. Plus, it’s easy to fix and remove, so it’s an affordable way to decorate your kitchen cabinets whenever the mood takes you.
New door Knobs & Handles can also give your kitchen a whole new look. Simply switch out the ones on your cupboards and drawers - like we did in the first picture - and see the difference.

We carried the theme across the kitchen, using matching knobs and hangers to create a unique storage wall.
Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller. Someone fixing newspaper to a wall using a small paint and paste roller.
We used old newspaper to create our backsplash, but most kinds of paper can be used. All you need is some PVA glue and a brush or roller to attach the paper to your chosen surface.
Cork trivets mounted to the wall are a modern take on the corkboard and a handy place to pin bouquets of dried herbs, recipes, photos and other pieces of inspiration.

Decoupage is a fancy word for sticking bits of paper onto things. It’s also an easy and affordable way to give your walls a makeover!

Once you start looking, you’ll find lots of ways to personalise your kitchen. Where others see untreated wood, you’ll see a blank canvas.

It’s a wrap

Our last recommendation for your creativity toolkit? Textiles and ribbons. They can be wrapped around and hung on just about anything to give it a fresh, new look. Here, we wrapped a ribbon around the legs of this chair – a simple idea that makes a big impact.