Sunday, June 3, 2018

Kitchen Cupboard Door Storage

My kitchen is small.  I really only have two small drawers to hold all of my 'tools' so I decided to try utilizing some of the cupboard door space to hold my measuring cups and spoons.

Once I removed the door and it's hinges, I gave it a coat of black, chalk paint.  You don't need to do this -- I just decided it's what I wanted.  You could cover it with pretty paper or all cork or just paint it a fun color.  I used molding that I already had and cut it to fit.  HINT:  Make sure it is shorter on each end so that the cupboard door will CLOSE.  You can probably imaging why I'm telling you this . . .

Also, you need to measure between the shelves in your cupboard and find the open space where your molding AND your utensils will hang without hitting the cupboard shelves.  

HINT #2:  Make sure you measure how long your cups and spoons will be and how far down THEY will hang so when you close the cupboard door, THEY won't hit the shelves.  You can probably imagine why I'm telling you this . . .


I decided I wanted a little cork board at the top.  Using old foamcore, I cut it to size and painted the edges with red paint to make them look nicer than just plain, white edges.
I attached some red ric-rac using double stick tape and attached the whole cork board with double stick tape.


Some old earrings were attached with E6000 to thumb tacks to hold recipes, photos, etc.  I love this old family photo.  That's ME in the high chair with my dad, mom and brother at Christmas.


So here's one of my "fails".  I didn't take into account the large hole at the top of the cups.  When the 1 cup measure hung down, it was 1/2" too LONG and hit the cupboard shelf (which couldn't be raised or lowered -- believe me, THAT would have been an easy solution!).  SO . . . I asked my handy neighbor who has every single tool and gadget ever created, if he could cut off the handle and drill a new hole.
Problem solved :)


Now my measuring cups and spoons are all within easy reach.  No more fumbling around in the drawer to find the right ones!

25 comments:

  1. What a good idea, Lauren. Not only convenient I think it makes almost an artistic statement! Very clever! xo Diana

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    1. Thanks so much Diana - I like it. Makes it easier for these old eyes to see which spoon is which haha!

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  2. Hi Lauren what a fantastic idea,thankyou for sharing my friend xx

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  3. What a cool idea, Lauren. I know all about trying to find every nook and cranny to use as storage...and it's just so cute too! Thanks for your tutorial and have a blessed week!

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    1. Thanks Debby! I'm becoming a 'master' of small space haha!

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  4. You are so talented!!!
    Looks amazing!

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  5. Did anyone ever tell you are a crafting genius???? Well, I am telling you now!!! THIS is the neatest idea! And, I love the picture of you and your family...what a sweet memory that must be for you to look at. I am praying for you, sweet friend, as I know you are missing your dear Mom. God bless you and keep you!! Sending hugs your way and thanks for all you do. It is always such a fun part of my day to visit with you here. :)

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    1. Thank you sweet Cheryl! Grateful for the gifts and abilities the Lord has given me. May I be faithful in using them for HIS glory! I do miss my mom. Thank you for your faithful prayers!!

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  6. How great is that solution, Lauren! You neighbor was also very thoughtful in fixing that one long handle. I always say this, but you're so creative!

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    1. Thanks so much Kitty - I'll tell you we have the BEST neighbors. They are all so wonderful and most of us have lived here for 20+ years now.

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  7. What a great idea! I loved how you shared your DYI fail and workaround. I also really liked how you used old earrings as thumb tacks.

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  8. You are very clever to come up with this idea!! Great job.

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  9. Love all your 'do as I say, not as I did' hints! Wish I could do something similar in our kitchen, but apartment life means it would definitely be frowned upon. Sadly.

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  10. What a fantastic idea! I love how you put everything together! Like your blue measuring cups to. :)

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  11. This is terrific, Lauren! I thought I was the only person who had only two drawers in their kitchen. (To be fair, when I bought the house it had more but they were removed to put in a dishwasher!). And it's really cute. Love that turquoise color and the red together.

    I've been traveling and catching up but thanks for coming by my blog while I was gone. Frustrated about not being able to easily reply to email comments directly with this blogger notification mess and I hope they straighten it out soon.

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    1. LOL we don't have a dishwasher for that reason! (We've actually NEVER had a dishwasher!) I'm just getting caught up on things (trying to!) since starting a new job. How on earth did blogger think this was a good idea?!

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    (from what I've read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

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  13. That really is a nice solution and I like a board for cards and recipes...and pretty pictures! Hugs!

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  14. I like your cork board, Lauren, and the red zig zag really adds something. That's a great idea to use vintage earrings as thumb tacks. I sure hope my comment goes through. : )

    ~Sheri

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