Mar 22, 2013

DIY Wooden Drawer Organizing Dividers

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!

Will be partying it up here:



Jenna said...

I SO need to do this! My drawers are embarrassing!

Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Marty Walden said...

This is a great post! My junk drawer needs overhaul BAD! I'm pinning this.

Thanks so much for commenting on my kitchen canisters post. I'm so glad you liked them!

Marty@Marty's Musings

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Jenna! Mine was too! I would always have to scramble things around to find what I was looking for. But trust me, there are still a few drawers that need addressing before they make it anywhere on my blog!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Marty! Thanks for visiting my blog and pinning this post! So awesome of you!

Ashley said...
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Ashley said...

Perfect post for my messy scrapbooking drawers! Thank you. Sorry for the second post, but where did you buy the glue?

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Ashley! Thanks! Not a problem, I bought the glue at Home Depot...I think it was around $5.

Meeha Meeha said...

Wow, I just love a good organizing project and your "new and improved" drawer looks fantastic!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy organization projects as much as I do!

Ashley said...

Thank you! I kind of figured that, but wanted to make sure.

Art and Sand said...

I have several drawers in my little kitchen that could use your organization. I think I can actually manage this project.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Angela said...

I need this for my tiny little drawers!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

My pleasure Carol! And thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! Very much appreciated!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Angela, thank you for visiting my blog! This project is really easy (I'm assuming, my hubby did all the cutting and gluing) and fast!!

Abby said...

My miscellaneous utensil drawer is so sad. You make this DIY thing look so easy that I'm thinking maybe even I could tackle it. Thanks for sharing!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Abby! Well, it was sorta easy since my hubby did most of the work! Haha!

Rita said...

Great idea. I only have a divider in the utensil drawer, but I think i need one in the junk drawer and my misc drawer. Thanks for the tutorial. I think I am going to show this to the hubs so he can make these for me.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Rita!

Diana of Diana Rambles said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party. I hope you come visit & link again.

Unknown said...

Wow, your drawer organizer turned out great! Awesome job and great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful week!! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #10!

I know I’m running a little bit behind in pinning but I wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

Hope to see you link up again at the party this weekend!


Theresa said...

Hi Selene, Your being featured @ Inspiration Spotlight on drop by to see your feature & grab your featured button! Hope you have a happy weekend ahead! & thanks for sharing & linking up!!

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Wendy said...
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Unknown said...

To create any DIY based on wood it is our responsibility to choose a best wood adhesive. Can you tell me what type of adhesive do you suggest?

Anonymous said...

It's cool you are renovating your kitchen by your own. The drawer is really nice and you have made it pretty well. The Kitchen need to be neat and clean as compared to other rooms and the decoration too need to be the perfect. Often people are worried about the kitchen floor and the wall materials because these are the things that add value to the kitchen. kitchen renovation Chatsworth, CA. Thanks for sharing your drawer plan with us. Keep posting.

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