All this talk of kitchens and cooking spaces and whatnot has me looking around at all the ways to spruce up my dining room. I got a little sidetracked when I saw this alternate use for a cheap plastic placemat. Forget the kitchen, we're headed to the bedroom. Karen of Sew Many Ways shows how she used a clearance placemat (I always see these plastic ones on clearance- awesome!) a few screws, and a battery-powered night light to create a more unique and visually appealing light for the late hours of the night.
With a placemat that compliments your decor, it would be a great artistic pice by day, and a functional piece by night. How fun is that? Easy, too.