DIY Repurposed Projects from the Kitchen

 Crew Member, Dana Tatar, takes us out of the studio and into the kitchen for a few quick and easy projects that are fun to make, add color and up-cycle items just hanging around.  Many of us have just such items like warn out dish drainers, paper towel holders, jars and containers that we either throw away, recycle or store without knowing what to do with them.  Dana will inspire you with a few simple ideas that will add sunshine to your kitchen or maybe you take an everyday kitchen gadget and move it to the studio, library or your desk.  It is fun to see what you can create and make it functional at the same time.

Dish Rack Bookshelf by Dana Tatar

Dish Rack Bookshelf

Dish Rack Bookshelf

I’m always looking to bring fun storage solutions into my studio. I recently added a second table to my space so that my daughters can create alongside me. Along with the table came their art supplies, and I’m in the process of making a designated space for their stuff. I’ve seen several upcycled dish rack shelves on Pinterest and I finally found the time to paint one for myself.
Materials Used:
Wood Dish Rack
Tattered Angels Decor & DIY Paint: Crystal, Jade, Viridian
Tools Used: Paintbrush
Decor & DIY Paint - chalk paint

Grab a new Dish Rack or update an old one.


My favorite color is green so I chose Viridian for all-over color. The dish rack I painted was stained and sealed. I love that I don’t have to sand or prime to use this paint! I needed 2 light coats of Viridian to cover the wood. I added some fun accent stripes, 2 Jade (covered the green in 1 coat) and 1 Crystal (3 coats necessary to cover the green).
painted wooden dish rack

Paint your dish rack to match your kitchen, turing it into a work of art.

I’m thrilled with the colorful result!
up-cycle coffee containers

Don’t throw away your empty containers.

 Plastic Coffee Container Upcycle
I saw a brilliant post by Kitchen Kelli about Painted Folgers Coffee tubs on Pinterest.   I’ve tried the Tattered Angels DIY & Decor Paint on metal and finished wood and was curious to see how it would cover plastic.
Materials Used:
Tattered Angels Viridian DIY & Decor Paint
Label Stickers
Plastic Coffee Tubs
Tools Used:  Paintbrush
Folgers Coffee Containers

Oh what you can do with empty containers.


I painted the plastic tubs, directly over the stickers, with 3 light coats of paint. I couldn’t be happier with the results.
up-cycle coffee containers

Add chalk stickers to the front and use them to store items or gift boxes to give goodies away.

My husband’s office is directly across from the coffee pot and he assures me that there is a never-ending supply of tubs if I want them! I think these tubs would make great gift containers. The Signature Red Folgers color, paired with the Viridian paint, which could then be sanded and distressed to reveal the second color underneath, would be perfect for packaging Christmas cookies.
So next time you come across a plain kitchen gadget, empty containers, glass jars, etc. consider a little paint and details and jazz them up for the kitchen, office, storage, gifts and more.  To see more of Dana’s work visit her blog and follow her on Instagram.
Happy Creating and Happy Up-cycling!!!!


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