Hi Everyone! Today I will be showing you how I went from having a messy miscellaneous utensils drawer to a tidy organized drawer by making my very own wooden drawer dividers!
Ever since I started re-organizing my kitchen, I've been shopping around for wooden drawer dividers for quite some while but they all retail anywhere from $20-$30, depending on the design or amount in each set. Sure $20 isn't much but if I want to do this to all my drawers (which I eventually do), it would add up very quickly. I have 9 drawers in my kitchen so that would be at least $180! Yeah....that price just doesn't make me do the happy dance.
Do you want to know what it cost me for the dividers you see in the above picture? Of course ya do! I'm proud to say that everything came under $10! Now, that price makes me do the happy dance! Especially since it left me with scraps just big enough to make some for the bathroom...eventually.
I bought three 2 ft Alder hobby boards from Home Depot (each board was under $3) and we already had this glue on hand. But good ol' Gorilla Wood Glue would work just as fab! I just wanted to use up what we already had.
The first thing you want to do (that I didn't photograph) is measure the width and length of your drawers, decide on the board placement that will best suit your needs and measure your boards according to the board placement (design) you came up with.
I went with one board going horizontally and 2 boards going vertically on top of the first board. This gave me 4 compartments to organize my utensils in. Also take into consideration the sizes of your utensils. You don't want to have everything all glued in only to find out something doesn't fit in any of the compartments.
Okay, gotta be honest here. The measurements and designing is pretty much all this gal did. I left the sawing and gluing to my hubby. I am in desperate need of learning how to be more hands on with the tools!
After my honey cut the pieces according to the measurements I gave him, I made sure that it was just perfect. You want it to slide in with a little resistance and not have any space on either side. As you can see ours was perfect! If it wasn't I'm sure I would have blamed his sawing and listening skills and he would have blamed my measuring skills! We were both off the hook!
Simply apply glue to the bottom of your divider and slide it into place. Do the same to all your other boards (dividers).
Here's what it looked like after the first divider was inserted:
And this is what it looked like when it was all done! I thanked and kissed my honey for a job well done and then waited for the glue to dry. The glue packaging says to wait 24 hours...yeah right! Do they know how impatient I am when it comes to these things? I only waited, maybe 2! I figured it was okay since they felt sturdy and I wasn't going to be putting any pressure or weight on them.
Then have fun organizing your former scrambled utensils!
Okay, let's have a little fun....
Quick quiz that is non relevant to this post:
What is Lily doing in this picture, while her Daddy glues in the dividers?
a.) her latest "pop it and lock it" dance
b. attempting to take the camera from me so she can snap some pictures of her own
If you answered b, then you are correct!!!!! If you were the kind that sucked at quizzes at school, you should feel pretty good about yourself cause you just scored on this one!
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