Bistro Door or Wall Hook Plaque Project

Many people find that no matter how big their kitchen is, it is never big enough. Well, unless you live in a mansion, and let’s face it, that is not most of us. That  often leaves us without enough space for all those tools and kitchen gadgets we just don’t want to live without. Not to mention, some of those items are cute enough to be on display.


Since I redesigned our kitchen to a French cafe/ bistro style, I have found a simple solution. If you go into a French cafe, you often find many things hanging on the walls and cabinets. Some are decorative, but in the kitchen area many are useful and often used items. I decided to put this plan of action in place in our kitchen. I have things hanging on walls, on light fixtures, and the cabinets. Some things are too pretty or too awkward for a drawer. This plan fits those items perfectly.

I realized the other day, that I had totally left out the pantry door like a red-headed step child. Note: my apologies to all red-heads and step children everywhere. If you are a red headed step child – double apologies.

Hmmmm….what to do about the pantry door?

Yes, you could just find a couple of cup screw hooks and plant them like I did on the cabinets and light fixture turned pot rack, but where is the fun in that?

My poor pantry door had been neglected too long, it needed more love than that!

Step 1. Find, make, or steal (just don’t call me when you get caught, I’m not a lawyer) a sign that matches your style or decor. It needs to be something you can drill into, so NO glass or other material that will shatter when you start drilling. You can often find the perfect thing at a Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Big Lots or even a dollar store. If you choose the green lifestyle, check out yard sales, thrift stores, or your own garage. etc. More talented people could find an old board and paint it – that would not be me.


Step 2. Find some robe hooks that you think will look good on your sign and screw them on. I chose the double hanger “drunk octopus” looking ones. Amazon has them in almost a dozen different colors.


Step 3. Hang your sign on the door- I used bolted screws because my pantry door is hollow and I wanted this sign to stay put.

Step 4. Hang stuff. I chose my French aprons for the door, but on my cabinets I have trivets, utensils, cutting boards, potholders, spoon rests, colanders, etc.


Useful and Cute!

This project would also work great on bedroom and bathroom doors. Think robes and towels for the bathroom, or the next day’s outfit, sweaters, and scarves for the bedroom.


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and you can ask him for one. You can even find these in a store, but they won’t be specifically designed for you, and again –  where is the fun in that?

Ugly Light Project and “NEW” Kitchen Cabinets For the Frugal at Heart


 Ugly Builder Grade Light and Cabinets

About the light: Hated it, hubby hated it, everybody hated it

kitchen light before

But, kitchen renovations get messy and expensive, and don’t always go as planned.

I didn’t want holes in the ceiling or the mess or the cost!

Simple solution: make it fade away with paint and it worked. If the pots were not hanging there, you wouldn’t even notice it. And like they say on HGTV – paint is cheap!

If you decide to take it down you will be painting anyway, so nothing to lose except a little time and energy.

I used white latex trim paint because it is what I had in the garage, and no I didn’t prime or sand anything and a year later – it’s all good!


 My original plan was to hide it in plain sight with paint and forget it existed.  Once it was no longer the eyesore it was, a crazy idea popped into my head. What if I hung a pot rack from it? Wait….what if it could BE the pot rack – I mean it is already secured into the ceiling.  So, I added some large white hooks, and began to hang my pots on it. Bonus: Freed up a whole cabinet!


kitchen light after

Once I made it this far, the ugly builder grade cabinets became the eyesore.

So, I painted them to match shortly after.

Then I found some crystal look knobs for a great price. They really sparkle. Added some easy stick – easy to remove vinyl decals

(for when I change my mind)



Builder grade kitchen look be gone!

Looks like a brand new kitchen with a Paris themed French Country Twist

You can buy the paint, hooks, knobs and decals for the cost of one pendant light

Best Parts: low cost and no demo


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