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17 Impossibly Easy Kitchen DIYs That Only Look Expensive

Cheap never looked this good.

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1. For a cool storage solution, place a tension rod over the stove to hang pots and pans.

It makes everything easy to grab so you can start cooking as soon as you step into the kitchen. Also, it looks pretty damn baller and sophisticated. See more inspiring photos from Adriaan Louw here.

3. You can also stick Command hooks on busy wallpaper for a lazily cool way to store stuff.

Busy wallpaper distracts from having random hooks on the wall, which makes them look a little more ~baller~ and a little less ~random~. Also, the cuter the stuff you hang, the better. What constitutes cute kitchen stuff: pastel colanders, pretty tea towels, copper pans, tea pots, etc. Learn more about it here.


5. For a lazy backsplash, use a patterned wall decal.

You can use adhesive wallpaper, a large decal, or a stencil (there are some really cool options here) to get this look. This is also a great trick for renters who want to personalize their space. Get the tutorial here.

7. And while you're at it, put some marble contact paper on the top and sides of the counter for a super high-end ~lewk~.

IRL marble costs thousands of dollars, but you can get the look from under $30. Also, if the counter gets stained or scratched over time, you can just pull up the contact paper and replace it. See more inspiring kitchen photos here.


9. You can also try some open shelving to store stuff and add interest to a blank wall.

Some people can't stand the sight of open shelving, but displaying the right things can make all the difference in the world. For a lower-impact look, display plates that match the wall color behind it. If you want to have a little more fun, add plants, cool pottery, and colorful dinnerware. Get more amazing ideas here.


12. You can also do dots on your dishwasher.

Use black color coding labels — you can find them in any office supply store for around $3 or you can buy them here — and stick them all over a clean surface. Learn more about it here.

14. Or try giant Washi tape to create a faux wallpaper feel.

If you love Washi tape, odds are you've used the regular size. But MT Casa makes a large washi tape ($9) that's roughly 2 inches thick for some serious stripes. Create stripes around the entire room or just focus on an accent wall.