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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Utensil Drawer Organizer




I am really excited about this project. Anytime you can do something for free that excites me! If it excites you go over to the sidebar on this page and press that FOLLOW button! I love looking for new ideas to show you!

I have been collecting paint sticks from Home Depot and Lowes for awhile because in my crazy mind I figured I can make something with them...... and.... well..... they are free!

As I was putting the forks and spoons back in the drawer the light bulb went off in my head. I really hate the plastic organizer I have in the drawer separating all the utensils.



What if I use the paint sticks and make my own dividers?

I started out with these.....






I drew up a plan of how I wanted this to be laid out in the drawer and measured and marked each stick. With a handsaw I cut to size. I didn't want it to be permanently attached to the drawer so I can clean the bottom if it gets dirty. So I made it to come out. I cut the pieces and glued each one.





I lined the drawer with shelving paper. This is a clear non-stick roll of a rubber liner.




After measuring and cutting the liner to fit, I placed the paint stick form into the drawer. Now it looks custom and did I mention it was FREE!!!!

BEFORE......





AFTER........






I loved this project! I think I will do the rest of the drawers too! I even got more space out of it to store even more!!!  And I think I will continue saving the sticks! I have some more ides for them!

So what do you think? If you like this Follow me on my journey to create!

COST: $0
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35 comments:

Little Brick Ranch said...

GREAT idea!! :) I love ANYTHING thrifty like this!!

Bee happy said...

Well done you, it looks so much better!

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Terry said...

Oh, I love this. Who would have thought to use the paint sticks. I'm going to have to start collecting them and try this.

Nancy in CA said...

Love, love, love this project. Can't wait to show my hubby so that he can make it for me. You just know he will be thrilled. I think you should send this idea to the Stampington & Co for their Green Craft Magazine...Thanks for sharing. Nancy in So Cal

SheilaG said...

Love this idea! Our L's and HD have been stingy lately with the stir sticks- I have to actually ask for one when I get paint now! Guess I'll have to ask for a couple at a time. So, what kind of glue did you use? did you clamp or anything?

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

hey girlfriend! This is BRILLIANT!
I have you down for the blog facelift :) And I am following!

xoxokara

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Oh Yeah! I would LOVE for yoou to Link up to my Whassup Wednesday!!!

xoxokara

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is an AWESOME idea (and I don't use that word lightly). I hate my too-crowded silverware drawer! Mind if I copy someday??
Thanks for visiting Red Hen Home!

Sassy Sites! said...

Brilliant! I love it! And I LOVE the price!! :) Thanks for coming by Sassy Sites and linking up. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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Deb said...

Simply too clever!

Dee said...

Great project!

Dee

amy@flexibledreams said...

This is really smart and it looks surprisingly professional. Nice work!

The Gunny Sack said...

Great idea! I looks wonderful!!

Krista@TheGatheringPlaceDesign said...

What a great idea! It looks great as well...nice job:)

Tru@TRU TALES FEATS said...

What a creative idea. Bookmarking this for sure!

Backwoods Cottage Pam said...

Very clever, and love the price! I love that it is practical not just pretty.

Life in Rehab said...

FREE? Count me in, I love this!

Kori said...

Brilliant! I may just do the same thing!

Healthy Branscoms said...

What a great frugal idea! :) Love it! I am following your blog! :) Erin

www.healthybranscoms.com

Deborah said...

What a great idea! Can't wait to try this!

Brandy said...

Holy Cow!!! What a fabulous idea! I cant wait to try this out. Right up my alley, crafty and CHEAP!!!! Thanks!

Nicole @ The Wonderful World of Wohler said...

WOW, way to upcycle those free sticks! It looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

SANDI said...

Wow! What an awesome idea.

Anna said...

What a great idea! I want to make one for my silverware now. :) Thank you for linking this up to my Weekend Warrior party. It has taken me awhile to get around to visiting everyone but I am so thrilled to have people join in the fun and I hope to see you again next week! :)

Anna
www.askannamoseley.com

Spunky Junky said...

This is awesome! Great job! I am going to feature you on Spunky Junky tomorrow so stop by and say, "Hi!"

xoxo
Halsey

Anna said...

Great job! Love it!

iSavvyMom said...

I absolutely love this project. I was thinking about reorganizing my utensil drawer and this is exactly what I needed. Thank you. I will be making one and posting it on my website with a link to your site.
Fantastic job!
www.isavvymom.com

Pip said...

I've had this bookmarked since you wrote it! My son is making it as a project for Cubs to get his woodworking badge. Such a great idea!

Unknown said...

My hero!

Camp4Coffee said...

Went to get the stirs and they were too flimsy. Looked down and saw yard sticks for 69 cents. They were thicker and gave some character with the inch markers. Bought four, could have gotten by with three - cost? About $2.10. Pretty cool.

patti vincent said...

Great idea and tutorial. I hate plastic and love diy. Thank you!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Nice job! I've been thinking about doing this (hadn't thought of using stir sticks!). What glue did you use to put it all together?

Ferg said...

As a Home Depot paint associate, what you need to understand is that the sticks are not free just for the taking. They are for customers who are buying paint. To put it into perspective, a box of one gallon sticks cost the store $80.00 and a box of 5-gallon sticks cost the store $178.80.
The reason that the prices of paint keep going up. To cover the cost of your so called "free" sticks. Remember this the next time you come to the desk wanting 20-30 paint sticks for the project you saw on pintrest. We are considering charging for the extra sticks that you want. Just a heads up.

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Ferg I should make it clear that I do buy paint when I get my sticks. I don't get 20 or 30 I get 2. I paint furniture so I wind up with a lot. People should never abuse anything. Thanks for the response.

Ferg said...

Thanks for understanding this. You would not believe the requests that I get from people asking for such amounts of sticks. I've even had people want a whole box of sticks. I don't mind the occasional 2-3. It's when we get people coming to the desk and stating that they read on pintrest that we give out free sticks. Then I explain to them that they are not free, and they are for customers buying paint. We've even ran out of sticks because of people wanting them for their craft projects.