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 🙂
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