5 Cute & Easy DIY Design Details for Your Kitchen

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When you can't (or don't want) to make big changes to your kitchen, small details — surprising, cute or delightful — can have a bigger-than-you'd-expect impact on the look of a space. These small but potent DIY projects are relatively quick to complete but more importantly, they offer up the opportunity to add darling detail to make your kitchen an extra lovely space to enjoy.

Pictured above: It's not just that this is a cute little earthy DIY light to add to a corner of your kitchen (or if you're feeling ambitious, a few to add over a counter), it's also what this DIY light shade is made out of...something you might already have in your kitchen and can recycle! Find out what on Look What I Made.

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If you've got open shelves, you're going to want to try this DIY that adds a watercolor effect to simple white mugs. This would look lovely on a clean white shelf! Spotted on Poppytalk.

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If you've always dreamed of having creamy white subway tiles in your kitchen but can't afford a renovation, try the next best thing! Using subway tiles to frame a mirror brings in this classic look to your kitchen and is much more affordable and easy to do. Seen on House of Earnest.

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If you love the look of a few cookbooks lined up along your counter or perhaps on a shelf, add a metallic natural detail by flanking your favorite recipe books with these DIY gold leaf bookends. Seen on Ciburbanity.

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Wood-burning salad servers — or any wood-handled objects in your kitchen —is a darling way to add graphic pattern and detail in an unexpected way. Spotted on evermine blog.

What are your favorite small DIY projects to do to add detail to your kitchen?

(Image credits: Look What I Made; Poppytalk; House of Earnest ; Ciburbanity; evermine blog)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.