Thursday, March 13, 2014

Making Your Own Drawer Organizers


There is a saw in my kitchen.

This FREAKIN AMAZING Ryobi miter saw and stand came to me courtesy of the generous folks at Ryobi back in October. 

You may or may not know that it was cold here in October.

Seemingly too cold to make extra room in the garage to set it up.

And Mr. Quirky took this inopportune time to put his foot down. 

Put. His. Foot. Down.

He said "No garage space, no saw space."

I think maybe he thought that this would get the garage cleaned out.

And it might have. But for this damn winter. This winter of the Polar Vortex.

Aside from the packed garage, for some reason it scares me to use a saw when it is -5 degrees.  It's hard to use a saw safely when you are shivering madly.

And I didn't clean the basement this January.

Which means there is no space for the saw there either.

Now it is March. And I've got work to get done.

The least of which - which didn't really require a saw of this magnitude, but it sure made it more fun - was getting my silverware drawer organized so I could fit in MY NEW SILVERWARE!!!!!!

I SCREAM this great news because it was quite the exciting day in my house when the NEW SILVERWARE arrived. 

You see I had been using my "marital" silverware since the first time I married in 1983.

I don't know how good you are at math but folks, but that's 31 years! And frankly I thought I deserved new silverware. So I devised a plan with my mother-in-law. She would give us a gift card for Christmas and I would get some NEW SILVERWARE!!!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I took all 16 place settings out of the boxes and laid it all out on the dining table just so I could look at how lovely it was. For a month.

I knew it wouldn't all fit in the drawer with the same tray I had before. I wanted to make my own little organizing system. And guess what I needed for that?

My saw.

So this week, while Mr. Quirky is out of town, I set up my saw.

In my kitchen.


You may notice that my kitchen isn't much bigger than the saw.

But look what I did!

Much better don't you think?

You can do it too!

Get yourself some of the pre-finished lightweight lattice board at Lowes.  

1. Cut your horizontal pieces (the width of the drawer).

2. Cut small pieces to the measurements between the horizontal pieces and slip them into the gap. This maintains the spacing.

3.  Cut pieces that will run parallel to your horizontal pieces - allowing for the perpendicular pieces to fit between them.  These will hold up the vertical dividers (step 4) Cut 2 of each piece.

4. Measure from the back of the drawer to the last horizontal divider piece. Cut one less of these than the number of sections you want. I wanted 3 sections so I cut 2 pieces.

 5. Hold the vertical pieces in place and slip in the smaller divider pieces - one in the front of the section and one at the back of the drawer.

This all fits together like a puzzle. No glue. No nails. I can change it up or take it out any time I want to.

It cost less than $10.  Have you priced drawer dividers lately? You would think they were made out of gold. And they don't fit perfectly like these do.

I love my custom drawer dividers.


And my saw.

You're going to hear more about my saw.

I'm going to ask it to marry me.

This is probably a good place for me to say that you absolutely do NOT need a big ass saw to make this project with. You can do this with practically anything that cuts. But it sure was fast with my saw.

I also want to encourage you to sign up at the Ryobi Nation project sharing website. You can submit your DIY projects or just find lots of How To projects to get inspired by. You can also vote for your favorites among the projects submitted each month. There are four category winners every month who receive $500 in Ryobi tools! Check it out!

Are you ready to organize some drawers?

Make something wonderful today!


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Colleen said...

Great looking dividers and like your flatware as well. I even liked the style of your old flatware.
I'm still using the same flatware that I had bought way back in '67'. That is everyday use and then have a 2 good sets that is used for special occasions.
That looks like an Awesome saw.
Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

LMAO!!! I'm not sure which is funnier...the saw in your kitchen or the fact that you had service for 16 on your dining table for a month! Your drawer organizer is wonderful, but I think I'll wait til I can set up a saw in my garage!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

What a show off, Karen. I just bought my first circular saw a couple weeks ago and thought I was all cool... now you've blown my doors off with this one.

But the drawer organizer is spectacular! This could work for every type of drawer in the house, really. Just think of the organization.......

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

You crazy rebel! Ha! I love how that turned out. Now if I just had a Ryobi saw to set up in my kitchen too!


Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

I love the organization of the drawer dividers. You did a great job on them and they look great. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Clarence said...

Most of us have a silverware organizer in our kitchen. Without it, all the forks, knives, and spoons would be a tangled jumble, and setting the table would be a real chore. But we often don't think of all the other areas of our home where a drawer organizer could create order out of chaos.

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Charlene C. Kirkland said...

It is a great idea, I needed a drawer so. My husband had a saw, I'll tell him to do it for me.


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