Upgrading our house takes me a long time because I have little kids and a busy life, but man, this kitchen is taking a REALLY LONG TIME. So I’m extra excited to show you my vegetable storage drawers because they’ve taken me weeks to make and they’re SO PRETTY!
The motivation behind building some vegetable storage drawers was my current storage situation. Behold, the wire drawer:
Our pantry came with two wire drawers at the bottom and I use the lowest one to hold potatoes and onions. The onions proceed to shed dried outer skins, which drop through the wire rack onto the floor. Also, #3 thinks it’s a fun game to peel the onions and post the skins through the wire. Our floors are littered with onion skins on a daily basis and it drives me crazy.
Then we have this cupboard over here:
It’s a great big cupboard which we use to store a cooler bag in. *Light bulb!* It occurred to me that I could build a couple of drawers for the veggies and still have plenty of room for that sad, lonely cooler bag.
First things first, I added some scrap MDF on each side of the cupboard. This covered all the holes and also takes the right-hand-side divider all the way up to the top of the cupboard.
(Note the chaotic tupperware cupboard on the right … it’s next on my list.) The cupboards are a bit wonky so the addition of the MDF that goes all the way to the top of the cupboard left a gap between it and the halfway divider. I covered the ugly gap with a scrap of plywood.
Now the ugly holes and gaps were covered with ugly scraps of MDF and plywood. Nothing gap filler and paint can’t fix!
With the cupboard all patched and painted, I was ready to build the veggie drawers. I used scrap pieces of MDF for the drawers and painted them British Paints Daintree Beauty (the same colour as my spice drawer).
I installed the drawers (you can see how I easily installed them here) and then made some drawer faces out of a really old piece of wood (is it cedar?). Working with this wood was unexpectedly fun because as soon as I cut it it smelled so good. Kind of like a rich, old cowboy in a leather/cologne/tobacco way. Giddeeup.
The wood was so old it was splitting apart so there was a fair bit of gluing and clamping involved. I sanded and oiled the drawer faces but I may go back and wax them later – I’ll see how they hold up.
Check out this awesomeness:
I love opening this cupboard now! I feel like I’m living on a grand old estate – “be a darling and get me an onion from the root cellar”. Yes, I call it the root cellar like a complete and utter wanker.
How pretty do the veggies look in my new root cellar?!
My root cellar is so divine you don’t even notice that I’ve never painted the inside of our cupboard doors. Well ok, you do notice, but you don’t care because … root cellar.
Want to know my favourite thing about this makeover? It didn’t cost me anything! I had the drawer slides from another project that never happened. I had all the drawer materials as a pile of scrap lying in the shed. (Being a hoarder pays off again!) Even those sexy, metal label holders were leftover from my linen cupboard makeover.
To top it off, I found a friend for our sad, lonely cooler bag. I chucked the cooler bags in a basket for now because I’m not sure if they’re going to live there permanently or not. I can always add another drawer or two if I find something better for this spot.
I’m so happy with how my new vegetable storage drawers turned out! Plus it’s freed up more room in our overflowing pantry. (Hopefully I’ll get to the pantry makeover in the coming weeks.) Now that I’ve made these gorgeous veggie drawers I’m keen to make similar ones for the pantry. I’ll need to get my hands on some more cowboy cologne wood though …
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