DIY custom kitchen drawer organizers

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The first of the year organizing bug is no joke.  Something about getting Christmas decor put away and seeing the house clean makes me want to tackle all of the little drawers and closets.  Clean all the things!

I was putting dishes away one morning and as I was trying to shove my hand mixer's beaters into an already out of control drawer I decided enough already.  Today is the day I organize these drawers once and for all.

Let me walk you down the before path.  There lies a hot mess behind these two drawers that I use multiple times every day.

It's a cluster free for all.  There is zero attempt at even organized chaos.  Whatever drawer is less full at the time utensils get put away is the one it gets shoved into.  Hopefully the drawer will close afterward.

My initial plan was to buy premade inserts, but after looking around online I knew I wasn't going to be happy.  I knew they wouldn't fit the drawer properly and the slots would never be right.  Then I came across this tutorial on Kevin & Amanda and it was like the Heavens opened and angels were singing.  There it was, the most perfect solution!  I ran over to my local home improvement store and got to work.  You may have seen my story on Instagram about it a few days ago.  A few hours later (damn drying time) I had this.

The left drawer now houses mostly baking utensils.  The back is all open for larger bulky items.  The thin long section towards the back has my narrow icing spatulas and a cake/pie server.  Hand mixer beaters have their own spot next to the ice-cream scoop.  The measuring cups and spoons each have their own space.  And, I'll never loose my cookie dough scoops anymore now that they have a home.

The left side is mostly regular cooking utensils.  The very back has some BBQ stuff that doesn't get used on the regular.  Apple slicer and corer toward the back.  Corncob zipper and peeler in one spot.  Big spoons in another.  I'm most excited about the larger, longer tools having spots so that now they can't lay on top of other junk and keep me from shutting the drawer.  No more loosing the tongs and can opener now that they're up front.

I love that the wood looks like part of the drawer, which wasn't planned, just happened to work out.  The best part of this project is that you can create any arrangement and size you want!  And since the wood pieces are only glued to each other, not the drawer, you can pull it out to easily clean the drawer if needed.

I seriously cannot get over the difference!     

PROJECT DETAILS:  I spent $15 on the wood.  I used the 1/4" x 4" poplar craft wood that's in the little cubbies underneath the regular sized pieces of wood near the bottom of the aisle.  I had to do was cut down my lengths for the different sections.  I ended up using regular wood glue since I couldn't get ahold of the glue they used in the tutorial.  It worked well, just make sure you clamp it and wait for it to dry.  Waiting is not a strength of mine, but it's worth it in the end.

Now to decide which drawer gets tackled next!

new light fixtures

Monday, January 9, 2017

A little background story for you first.  When we built our house the plan was always to change out the builder grade light fixtures.  I know that sounds kind of silly, but since it wasn't a custom build we couldn't bring in whatever light fixtures we wanted, we could only choose from what they had available.  We weren't thrilled with the options.  Given that, we went with a lighting package that had bathroom vanity lights we liked and then just planned to switch everything else out over time.

Most of the fixtures have been switched out, but the one that bothered me the most was still here.  The dust collecting beast in our two-story entry.  Ugh.  There's no getting those glass shades clean and they keep getting worse.  It drives me nuts.  We've been waiting to change this one since it has to be hired out due to the height.

For Christmas, my husband had me a pick out a new chandelier for the entry way and I couldn't be more ecstatic!!!  So long sucka!  Here's what I chose:

How gorgeous is it in this dining room?!!

Oh, and I even came across a smaller 9-light version of the new entry chandelier here for under $200 that is definitely worth sharing!

Since we're going to have an electrician here with a massive ladder, we figured we might as well have him change out our living room fan.  Now, in a perfect world, I would put up a chandelier in here.  It would look AWESOME.  In fact, my friend and neighbor has this one up in her living room (we have the same floor plan) and it's jaw dropping.  But, I'm an angry person when I get too hot, so a ceiling fan to help move air around in the summer is a must.  The one we currently have really is perfectly fine.  The bowl is another dust and dead bug collector though.  The light kit on the bottom does nothing to add to the light in the room.  And well, you probably know my feeling about boob lights.

Here's what it's being replaced with:

Different color, but I just love how streamlined it looks in these rooms:

Pretty pumped over here!  I'll definitely share photos once they're up :)  

Disclosure:  This post does contain affiliate links. 

best of crazy wonderful | 2016

Friday, January 6, 2017

I have finally crawled out of Christmas vacation mode.  Both kids are back in school and I'm getting back into a groove.

As we start this new year I just want to stay a huge thank you to all of my readers.  Thank you for all of your support.  It truly makes this little blog of mine a fun place for me :)

I'm starting this year off as I did last year with a best of Crazy Wonderful.  If you're new here, you may have missed these posts so this is for you!  Click on the link below the photos for the full post with many more photos and details.












I honestly have no plans for 2017.  That's not saying I don't have things do to or that I want to do, it's just that I don't know what all I will end up doing.  I've always been a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl when it comes to getting things done around the house.  And as soon as I typed that I reminded myself that I doing actually have something in the works :D  It's my first project for 2017 and I'll share my plans with you next week!

Happy 2017 everyone!!!



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