It’s official – I’ve STARTED the kitchen makeover. I’m not a spontaneous kind of person; I like to think and plan and imagine a million different scenarios before I make a move. I’ve been thinking about our kitchen makeover for months now and this week I actually started it. As I’ve mentioned before, work is slow-going on our house, so you’ll have to humor me when I tell you how excited I am to have finished one drawer. I am disproportionately excited about my new DIY drawer dividers! (Do I have a drawer organisation kink that I didn’t know about??)
Here’s our cutlery drawer before:
I’m following Megan’s Conquer Your Kitchen crash course and I diligently emptied out the drawer and gave it a good scrub. Then I set to work on my drawer dividers. I used leftover plywood that I had on hand but there are loads of good ideas out there if the thought of ripping strips of plywood is daunting to you. (Jennifer has a fantastic tutorial on how to make drawer dividers which I copied as best I could considering I wasn’t working with the same materials.)
It was about this point that Emma came home from work, took one look at my drawer dividers and told me “that’s gonna be a right c**t to clean”. Thanks for your honesty, hon. I figure, I never cleaned the old drawer dividers anyway so who cares if deeper dividers are harder to clean if you never clean them? If a tree falls in the woods …
Where was I? Oh yeah, dry fit. On my first dry fit I discovered I’d cut one of the pieces waaay too short and had to go back and cut another piece. On the second try everything fit nicely so I took the dividers out and undercoated it all.
After undercoating, I got impatient and glued it all together in the drawer. Then I had to do two coats of water-enamel, contorting my hand awkwardly into the deep little sections. (Emma is right – this will be hard to clean.) Learn from my impatience and paint the pieces first before gluing them together.
The bat-shit crazy part of me is saying things like “I could fit 100 teaspoons in that little section now! We need more scissors – buy ALL the scissors!”. Calm down, crazy lady. Just because you CAN fit more, doesn’t mean you SHOULD fit more.
One drawer down, plenty more to go.
*Linking up with The Creative Circle.*