Thursday, April 28, 2011

Utensil Organizer

Have you ever had every single night you go to cook dinner one of those days where you want to throw every kitchen utensil you own in the TRASH because they're all jammed so tightly into one drawer you can only HOPE that you'll be able to find the potato masher and that it won't be impossibly intertwined with the wisk, a mixer blade and the pizza cutter? AND that once you do in fact remove the potato masher from said interferences you then must repeatedly SLAM the drawer close over and over and over while praying to the utensil gods that whatever unknown instrument is JAMMING itself into the top of the drawer keeping you-in what I can only assume to be a mocking jester to rock your INSANITY-from closing it, will somehow magically SHRINK in size the harder you slam the drawer? And then once you finally manage to show that drawer who's BOSS you sigh a triumphant and satisfying sigh of RELIEF like you just overcame climbing Mount Timpanogos and then totally forget about the whole ordeal until you go to cook dinner the next night where you DANCE the same charade all over? Ya I to. Well my bruised hip finally got fed up with my nightly dance so I did my body a favor and came up with a solution! I PRESENT to you the:

Counter Top Utensil Organizer
! -I know, super cool name right:)

First find some sort of plastic box. I found these clear, plastic, bins at our thrift store (DI) and picked up 3.

They have these little separators in them which works out perfect to keep everything a little more up-right since my boxes are shorter and wider...versus taller and skinnier.

And they were just .50 each! Yippee!

Next paint them whatever color you want!! I gave mine a nice coat of white spray paint (after first spraying on a plastic primer).

I wanted to "cute" them up a bit so I dug out some green polka dotty fabric and first cut strips the size of the perimeter of the box's and about 2 inches wide. I then folded it in half and put a drip of hot glue every couple inches or so down the length of the fabric to close it. (looking back it would have been MUCH simpler to just sew a straight 1/4 inch seam than glue it-oh well)

Then I hot glued the folded fabric around each box like so...

I liked the way that looked but I thought it would add a nice touch to tie a simple strand of jute around the fabric and end it with a bow!

Next, add a few utensilish words to the outside of your boxes. I LOVE me some some labels! (mine is black vinyl cut from my cricut, but you could use stickers as well)

And ta-da! You've got a totally unique, totally adorable set of utensil organizers!

Now fill those beauties up with all your thing-a-ma-gigs and smile down upon the Sweet Love you just gave your kitchen!

Up subway art for the kitchen!!!

Thanks for stopping by, I LOVE having you here!!!

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Paula said...

Super cute and clever. We only have one drawer in our whole kitchen, so I know exactly what you're talking about here!

Just Jaime said...

Very cute! Love the pop of green at the top!

Cheryl Nelson said...

These turned out so cute!!! LOVE the idea! I know you've seen my utensil drawer...yikes!

Abby said...

How cute it that! Great idea!

Katie said...

Your utensil containers look great! And I know what you mean, my utensils often mock me. I hate it when you can't open the drawer!!

Lauren said...

Wow! What an amazing idea. I have one big lump of utensils and I pull one out and they all come out. I am a new follower of your and I saw your link up on Tatortots and Jello.

Jenn said...

What a great idea! I am just going through and organizing my kitchen now so I will have to remember this. Love the ribbon and twine on the top!

Jaime @ Stitch2buttercups said...

You lured me in with the first paragraph! A very familiar dance. :-) New follower and I found your post on Ray of Sunshine. Looking forward to making some for my kitchen. Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

Anonymous said...

These are cute! I totally relate to your nightly dance with the kitchen utensils. My drawers are currently a wreck, so I'm excited to make something like these in the future!

Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

great price!! you made them look so cute! great way to stay organized :)

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

Alisa and Sky said...

So cute! Love them!! Cant wait to see the full picture of the subway art!! It looks awesome!

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Hi Angela~

You have lots of great ideas going on here. So glad I found your blog, your organizers are so nifty, neat & creative. I invite you to link to my fun & inspiring blog bash K.I.S.S. Happy to be a new follower of your great blog. :)

Drop By The Tattered Tag

Felicia said...

So adorable and functional!

Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!

Juliana @ My Sweet Shack said...

Wow, very creative and WAY cute! I love to find good bargains too... Love DI!!!

OhioMomPatriot said...

I am in the middle of combining two fully stocked kitchens in to one. You have described my every waking moment in there. I love this idea and am going to be on the lookout for containers! Thank you for sharing!

Heather @ Catfish Kisses said...

These are too perfect! :) I have to make these! Popped over from So Sweet Sundays & am your newest follower!

Steph Jacobson said...

Love it! I wish we had a DI here. My Goodwill would never sell anything for 50 cents.

Leanne said...

Those turned out so cute. I love the fabric and jute you added to them. Thanks for linking to the party. I hope to see you again at the next one.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

♥ Miss Tea said...

OH YES! finally a great inspiring idea to make my utensils organized! i constantly in battle trying to find one utensils in a few drawers and jars too..every evening!! thank you so much for sharing this and im going to do the same!

btw i'm your new follower from homemakeronadime blog hop party!


Fabric_N_Beads said...

Too cute!! Love this idea! Great way to free up some drawers! Love the what looks like a cutting board in one of the pictures! Good Job!

Rhonda said...

So super cute! My husband would kill me if I put those on the counter though. He hates having stuff on the counter top. Drives him crazy. I on the other hand would LOVE to make them anyway :)

Livin' In Duckville said...

So cute!! Gotta love a good deal at the thrift shops!

AlexisAnne said...

I realize I'm a bit late to see this post, but I'm new to your blog. What a cute idea- you executed it great. I really like the categories too because I always struggle with what way makes the most sense to organize my kitchen stuff

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