15 Ways To Upgrade Your Kitchen In Less Than An Hour

Want to spruce up your kitchen but don't have much time on your hands? These 15 super-simple DIY projects take less than an hour to complete.

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1. Repaint your mugs

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This Heart of Mine

Are you the unfortunate owner of a set of mugs you just can't fall in love with? Unless they're a priceless family heirloom, there's a simple solution: Just paint over them. has a simple tutorial for covering and redesigning your old mugs, using only your oven and a little craft paint.

2. Dip-dye your wooden spoons

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Little Bit Funky

Here's a great solution for a mismatched set of wooden spoons: Sand them down and stain and dip-dye them for a bright splash of vibrant color. Once they're dry, cover them with food-safe shellac and they're ready for stirring. Read 's tutorial for more details.

3. Combine a lazy Susan and a tray

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Hi Sugarplum

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This DIY combines a lazy Susan and a portable tray to create a genius hybrid kitchen item that, now that we know it exists, is a straight-up necessity. Best of all? It's an inexpensive (but still gorgeous!) project, and takes hardly any time at all. Find the directions at .

4. Keep your grocery list on kraft paper

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At Home In Love

You could use a whiteboard, chalkboard, or any of the approximately 7,000 internet solutions available to manage your family's grocery needs—or you could take a cue from blogger , whose adorable kraft paper grocery list DIY deserves a place in every home.

5. Add some refrigerator storage

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A Pretty Cool Life

No one said refrigerator magnets are only for papers—using 's tutorial, you can reuse little tins as extra storage space for small kitchen items like pencils and toothpicks. All you need is glue, magnets, and gorgeous previously-used tins.

6. Gilt your wooden bowls

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This Heart of Mine

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Sick of your boring wooden bowls? We love 's elegant redo, attaching gold leaf to warm wooden bowls for a perfectly modern take on the traditional. But be warned: You can't eat food out of these bowls, so use them for storing apples or other kitchen goodies.

7. De-stink your garbage disposal

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Bitz & Giggles

If your garbage disposal is a little smelly, pop one of these easy-to-make tablets down the drain and flip the switch. They're loaded with citrus and vinegar, meaning they won't just clean your disposal—they'll also make it smell fantastic. The full instructions can be found at .

8. Make a classier bottle for your dish soap

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Ashley Hacksaw

Branded dish soap bottles aren't always the most attractive—they can sometimes be an eyesore that ruins your carefully-designed kitchen decor. We love these etched glass bottles from , a significant design upgrade from the standard plastic bottles.

9. Label your jars

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Creme de la Craft

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Anthropologie sells a cute series of , but unfortunately, this foodie favorite isn't always available. If you're looking to create your own, 's similar DIY project does a great job of mimicking their look and feel—, you can make them in any size or shape you want.

10. Paint your magnets

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The Sweetest Occasion

Some people may love mismatched magnets, but if you'd rather your refrigerator look unified, these simple canvas magnets are an adorable DIY solution. All you need are some miniature canvases—found at most arts and crafts stores— magnet strips and painting supplies. Find the full tutorial at .

11. Shake up your shakers

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Brit+Co

These mixed-metal shakers are the perfect accent for your dining room table and an easy update to IKEA's salt and pepper shakers. They cost next to nothing and take only a few minutes to create. Follow the easy instructions at .

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12. Dot your fridge

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At Home In Love

Bored by your plain white rental fridge? 's gold polka-dotted fridge is the cutest way to take your fridge from meh to marvelous. Add in the fact that this DIY is totally reversible (so your landlord will never know!) and we see no reason everyone shouldn't be polka-dotting their fridge.

13. Make a cute home for your snacks

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Delia Creates

Need a place to store your treats? has a clever, super-quick project for graphic geometric snack jars. Use them to store granola, coffee, cookies—or anything else you want to hide in plain sight.

14. Add chalkboard paint to your spice jars

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Make and Tell

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Keeping track of your spices can be a challenge—is that cumin or coriander?—and there are a dozen DIYs to help sort out the situation. Our favorite? These super-cute chalkboard painted glass spice jars. You'll never lose your paprika again. Follow the instructions at .

15. Bring in some greenery

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Sugar and Cloth

What's a kitchen without a little (or a lot) of greenery? These adorable bundt cake pan planters from are the perfect place to keep your herbs, succulents, or even freshly-picked flowers.

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