Remodeling Your Kitchen? Move Beyond Traditional With These Easy Tips

Posted on: 13 March 2015

One of the great things about remodeling your kitchen is that it gives you an excuse to update the entire look. Nothing says that your kitchen has to look like a kitchen. In fact, there are no rules that says you can't throw a few pieces of home furnishings into your kitchen. Since most people congregate to the kitchen anyway, there's no reason why you shouldn't extend your living space into the kitchen arena. Here are a few simple ways to get the most living out of your kitchen.

Think Home Furnishings

It's no secret that most people gravitate towards the kitchen during parties and family gatherings. Adding a small love seat or upholstered chairs will give your guests a place to relax while they're in the kitchen. A comfortable seating arrangement will also keep your guests out from under your feet while you get things ready for the party.  

Antique desks are another way to effectively use home furnishings in your kitchen. An old desk can make an excellent kitchen island. Place a few chairs around the desk and your guests can sit and visit while you prepare the meal.

Bring on The Decorative Rugs

There are an endless supply of kitchen rugs to choose from, but you don't have to limit yourself to those choices. Consider adding a decorative living room runner to your kitchen floor. The decorative runner will allow you to add a different tone to your kitchen while protecting your floor from spills and messes.

Add Some Artwork

Who says artwork is only for the living room? If you have a favorite painting, you can incorporate it with your kitchen décor. Decorative accent lighting will show off your art and provide you with additional lighting in your kitchen. Looking for a more rustic look? Try framing an antique quilt and hanging it on the wall. You can make a delightful frame using an old pallet. Here's a quick way to frame your quilt.

Supplies You'll Need

  • One old wood pallet

  • Four 3" flat L-brackets with fasteners

  • Screwdriver

  • Wood stain or paint
  • Paint brushes

  • Thumb tacks

  • Hammer


  1. Use your hammer to carefully remove four slats from your pallet.
  2. Use your sandpaper to remove the rough edges and splinters from the wood.

  3. Lay the wood slats on the ground in a square.

  4. Attach one L-bracket to each corner to create the frame.

  5. Apply a layer of wood stain or paint to your frame.

  6. Lay your frame down on a flat surface.

  7. Place your quilt on the frame with the print facing down.

  8. Attach the quilt to the frame using the thumb tacks.

  9. Your framed quilt is now ready to be hung on the wall.

Now that it's time to update your kitchen, think outside the box. You can give your kitchen a unique update by moving beyond the traditional. These easy tips are a great way to give your kitchen a fresh look. Talk to experts like Fine Kitchens and Baths by Patricia Dunlop for more information.


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