Organizing Chaos {Updating Kitchen Drawers}



Here is a sneak peek into our kitchen utensil drawers.  To a neurotic person that thrives on organization and control (me) this drives ya’ nuts.  We have lived in our current home for almost 5 years now and every time I use these drawers I say to myself that I am going to find a way to make them prettier.

Actually the moment we moved into our 20 year old home we said we would upgrade the kitchen to more modern cabinets, new appliances, granite counters…etc.  Well we have slowly but surely purchased all new sink and appliances, newer but not my favorite hardware, and as you can see no new cabinetry or granite
5 years later!!!
Wow, I see that I really need to use the Clorox Cleanup around here a little more often!
(don’t judge, they are used by us and 4 kids, and their friends, and our friends, and so on, and so on…you get the idea)
Don’t get me wrong, even though I DO NOT enjoy cooking – I DO love my kitchen.  It makes me happy and most of our family activity happens in there.
So, like I said our kitchen cabinets are over 20 years old.  Our silverware dilemma bothers me nonstop – I actually organized it a little for you before I took a picture.  The problem is that we have 4 children, we entertain lots therefore have tons of silverware.  We even purchased cheap restaurant silverware from Sam’s Wholesale just so we do not have to do dishes constantly…
This week I received the new flyer from The Container Store and envied the cutlery trays pictured.  I have purchased these before (version from Walmart) to only bring them home and not fit in our drawers.  Frustrating.


 I finally decided to make my own and love how they turned out.
Here is a quick run down on how I did it. 
Table Saw
Eye protection
1″ wood depth
electric sander
I used wood that I received free from a local Freecycle ad.  You may recall reading about it HERE.
Step 1:
Plan and Measure  
Clean out your messy drawers and take measurements.  Remember “measure twice, cut once”.  Measure the pieces so they fit about half way up the drawers, so that it would fit a lot of silverware but allow you to fit your hands easily into the slots when trying to grab them.   Cut them with the table saw ( use your eye protection!)  Yep that sounds good but I’m not super carpenter so I had to do a few trial runs and cut and sand a few times till they all fit properly, no biggie!  It’s only a few steps out to the garage.
Step 2:
Dry Fit and Screw into Place
Sand them all down just a tad to get off all of the jagged edges and fit them into the drawers by placing a spacer between each slot to ensure they are placed evenly.  Then screw them into the sides of the drawers.


I didn’t even take the drawers out of the cabinets!

Again, Clorox Cleanup on the Kitchen Aisle please!
Step 3:
Caulk and Paint
I then caulked around the edges.
 And painted with our Sherwin Williams oil based glossy white paint on hand.
I love this paint but the fumes are strong and takes about two days to fully dry.
Not fun for impatient Tami, I got a little anxious and recruited some help in the drying process!
Step 4: 
Stand Back and Enjoy!
Now lets see the BIG REVEAL!
I am in love (patting myself on the back)!
I was so excited that I had to text a picture to My Love, Sister, Mom and Dad to show them how happy it made me!  It made me VERY HAPPY!
I am so pleased with it that I had to get started right away on the utensil drawer, still a work in progress.:
There’s even a place for sharp knives hidden under there!
Now just needs to be painted but will have to wait a few days when I don’t have 100 kids running around.
Here are my next victims as I slowly work my way around the kitchen:
Sounds like a great weekend project, what do you think?
Happy Easter Egg Hunting!
Now off to go boil some EGGS 🙂
Linking this post up to Debbiedoo’s Copycat Challenge on April 26th.
Hope to see you there!


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TDC Before and Aftercalm



  1. It’s All Connected

    Why did I never think of dividing a drawer lengthwise? Duh! Thanks for giving me the idea! ~ Maureen

  2. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity

    Clever, clever! I love how simple and clean the drawers look now… and I love that you texted a photo of your cutlery drawer to your nearest and dearest.

  3. Susan @

    Ok now that's a really great idea! I have the same problem with too much silverware, 4 kids, and I don't like to cook… Now I'm going to try your drawer idea!
    Thanks so much for the great inspiration!

  4. Ann from On Sutton Place

    This is awesome! You make it look so simple too. I love that you caulked it. I am a firm believer in caulking things to give a finished look. Great job!

  5. Iuliana

    Oh my gosh…these look awesome. Seriously my favorite project I've seen in awhile.

  6. Michelle

    I have this same problem with my drawers!!! definitely going to pin this to remind me to come back and try it..what a great idea! thank you for sharing!

  7. Becca @ The Sassy Penguin

    This is so great!
    I may have to do this so it's removable. (Apartment living!)
    It looks so tidy.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lauren

    So much better~! I have been contemplating doing this, thanks for the motivation = )

  9. Vicki Dutcher

    Awesome project! I love the "enough room" slots! 🙂


    This is great!! I showed it to my hubby and hope he can help! Visiting from Craft-o-maniac!

  11. Necessary Inspiration

    I just love how clean and sturdy looking this is….maybe my next project…hmmmm. I love your blog name…I have been known to stop by the side of the road and pick up someones junk 🙂 I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back Thanks, Linda

  12. micki @ ADD housewife

    I am seriously jealous! i have a gazillion modular type containers I've "tetrised" to create the look you did! But my question…how do the nooks and crannies clean? I'm a bit…obsessive about being able to dump out and clean.

  13. Anita Stafford

    This is a wonderful way to organize, and you are an amazing girl! Way to go!

  14. AndiWinslow

    Love it. I am going to ask the hubby for some help…..andi

  15. Kammy’s Korner

    you're amazing!

  16. Kristens Creations

    Oh so clever!! You would probably fall over dead if you saw my drawers right now. Oh my! I might seriously have to do this…

  17. ButterYum

    Absolutely fabulous – I have neat drawers, but they're filled with little plastic inserts. This is a much better solution!

  18. chateau chic

    I love your solution for disorganized kitchen drawers. It looks so much better than the plastic trays I'm using right now inside my drawers for utensils.
    I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by.
    Mary Alice

  19. Peggy

    What a great idea! We are actually having a friend rebuild our drawers because they are LITERALLY falling apart. I may try this on a drawer or two and see if stabilizes them enough to avoid a complete rebuild. Why do they make kitchen drawers so flimsy anyway? I mean come on folks… its a kitchen… we fill them with heavy utensils. 🙂 Love the idea!!

  20. D @ The Shady Porch

    What a great idea and $ saver! Yours looks better than anything you could buy…great job! Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share! I'm sharing this on my FB page today.

  21. Amy

    Love it! And it looks so easy.

  22. Heidi

    Is it possible to have a crush on silverware drawers? I LOVE what you did! I know what you mean about drooling over those organized drawers from the Container Store. However…yours, are MUCH better!! I am looking for a new home to purchase and I can't wait to get in there and make my drawers just like yours!! Thanks for sharing!


  23. Chatty Chics

    They Look AWESOME! Great job! So jealous! Come make some for me! 🙂
    One Chatty Chic

  24. Debbiedoo’s

    Tooooo cool for school girl! I love this idea, and it is fairly simple. Thanks for sharing and joining in on the fun! You cracked me up that you were stalking all day LOL!

  25. Miss Kitty

    You go girl! That looks so custom because you are so smart to figure out how to make those utensil dividers. Very cool. I saw your post (yeah! You're #1!) over at Debbie Doos Magazine Copy Cat Challenge.

  26. Linda

    Very cleaver idea! Thanks

  27. Maria Elena

    Tami, what an awesome idea! Your drawers look so pretty and organize!
    I know what you mean about oil paint!
    It looks beautiful when is dry and very durable, but such a pain to work with. Great inspiration! You are so creative!

  28. Sharon @ mrshinesclass

    I need to do this….first I need to get a table saw. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  29. Pat@Back Porch Musings

    Great idea, fabulous copycat!

  30. Michele

    You did a great job. Pretty soon your whole kitchen will be fabulously organized, giving you more time to blog and visit parties, win/win.

  31. Ricki Jill Treleaven

    Wow, I have drawer envy! LOE this practical copycat.

    Linking from Debbiedoos,
    Ricki Jill

  32. Miss Charming

    You did such a professional job–I love how it turned out! (There is no stopping a handy girl with power tools.). Your kitchen will look amazing when you're finished.

  33. Linda @ A La Carte

    What a fabulous copy cat project. It looks really great and so organized!
    hugs, Linda

  34. Crafting Rebellion

    I am behind on my reading! This is an awesome project!
    I am pinning it now 🙂

  35. Patty (Patty’s Pretty Things)

    You did a great job Tami! Looks so nice.

  36. Debbiedoo’s

    You need to head on over to whisperwood cottages:)

  37. Mollie

    Such a great idea! It look more organize and easy to find things you needed. I have bought just recently drawer insert kits coz no hubby would work this for me. It is easy to install versatile and economic.

  38. Anonymous

    Hmmm, I think I will make this for dresser drawers – look out sock drawer here I come!

  39. Amy

    Wow, I love this. We have the same blue plastic drawer divider. It kept sliding around the drawer till my husband glued it down. I will being copying this for sure.

  40. Sharon @ mrshinesclass

    Tami, I've long admired this project and your ability to use tools. I'm pinning this project as motivation and inspiration to try new things.


  41. I Play Outside The Box

    Simply brilliant!

  42. Anonymous

    I LOVE this idea! Thanks for posting it. I am so gonna try it!

  43. Pieced Pastimes

    This is such a smart idea! Your drawer turned out wonderful!
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

  44. Pippi21

    Now this is something I've wanted to have done for a few years, saw s similar idea for the silverware drawer dividers but it was using cardboard covered with contact paper and the directions seemed too complicated but yours makes more sense..while I'm sure the dividers are really strong, wouldn't a thinner piece of wood do the job just as well? Beautiful job..sure inspired me. It's going on my list of projects to do for 2014. thank Your for Sharing!

  45. Traci@ Beneath My Heart

    Hi Tami!
    I LOVE this project! I have the plastic drawer organizers that slide all over the place and drive me crazy!

    I featured your project on my organizing blog today,!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  46. Nancy Sadewater

    Great idea and one I will be implementing. Thanks so much.

  47. Guerrina

    Lol…I did this to three of my kitchen drawers about two months ago. Absolutely love it and has really made a huge difference in being able to find stuff. I figure I have a minimum of two more to do. Love the silverware drawer done horizontally…I can fit in more silverware that way!

  48. Charlotte

    They Look AWESOME! Great job! So jealous! Come make some for me! 🙂

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