Surprising Ideas

If Painting Drab Kitchen Cabinets Sounds Like Too Much Work, Try This Instead — Paint Project

If there's one thing we know about painting kitchen cabinets, it's that the process can be a pain in the butt — well worth it, but a pain in the butt nonetheless. Which is why, when we saw this smart idea, we just had to share it with you guys.


5 Ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday at School — Without Food — Birthday of the Month

With all the regulations surrounding what's allowed in school classrooms these days, it can be hard to think up ways to celebrate your child's weekday birthday. At many schools, treats — like cupcakes and ice cream — have been banned due to allergies and a number of other reasons. Without food as a celebratory go-to, parents are left trying to figure out how to make their child feel special within the constraints of the classroom. We've got you — and your birthday boy. For a food-free celebration, try one of these tactics.


5 Surprising Ways to Use Wallpaper in Your Kitchen — Decorating Ideas from Kitchn

If you ask us, wallpaper is a bit of a misnomer because it can go on so many things aside from just a regular ol' wall — especially in the kitchen! (Of course, there's nothing wrong with putting it on a wall. This Palm Beach-inspired kitchen is proof of that!)

Here are five surprising places you should think about putting wallpaper in your kitchen. Check them out and then consider planning your own wallpaper project for Labor Day weekend.


The Best Way to Put Cheap Cutting Boards to Good Use — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

You readers are so smart! Some of our best tips and ideas come from questions, suggestions, or comments you guys leave for us. Here's one that's proof of that.

Back in May, we worked with the founders of The Financial Diet, an amazing site dedicated to money and everything it touches, to come up with the ultimate list of the best things to buy and the things to skip at IKEA. Because otherwise, let's be honest, we'd end up spending all our money on all the things.

Read more: Buy This, Not That: IKEA Kitchen Supplies

The post suggested skipping the LEGITIM cutting boards. Sure, you can get a two-pack for just $3.99, but they scratch easily and aren't flexible enough to funnel ingredients into a pot. And "for something like a simple cutting board, you're much better off going to a Marshalls or Home Goods-type place and getting a much higher-quality board for the same price point." Convincing points, right? They were — until they weren't. One of our readers left a comment that had us running to our nearest IKEA.

Keep reading to steal her brilliant idea.


The Cutest, Most Creative Watermelon Crafts on Pinterest — Watermelon Day

Watermelon is basically the unofficial mascot of the summer. It pops up in drinks, during picnics, at the pool (just look at this watermelon beach towel!), in the living room (don't pretend like you don't have a watermelon pillow on your couch!), and more.

The fruit is also all over Pinterest, featured in tons of oh-so-cute DIY craft ideas. Here are some of the best ideas out there — and how to make them during your next crafternoon.


3 Ways Plastic Bread Tags Can Keep Your Kitchen Clean and Organized — Organizing Tips from The Kitchn

In case you've been looking for a reason to eat more carbs, this is a direct order from us: Stock up on some bread today! Why? The plastic tags used to keep the baggies closed will be useful long after you've eaten that last slice of seedless rye.

Just check out these alternative uses for bread tags.


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