Hey, hey ladies (and any gents out there)! Today I am bringing a solution to your organizational problems. We all have the exact same drawer in our kitchens. The silverware/utensil drawer. I don’t know about you, but I greatly dislike the plastic organizers that sort and contain the silverware. They slide around the drawer and never fit right, or in my case, are 2.5 times too small for my 21″ wide drawer. I love custom built in anything! However, I don’t want to spend the money or time for a professional to design and install a custom silverware organizer, so I decided to take on the task myself.
This might be one of the most simple DIY projects you will tackle. Assuming you have all the tools at home, you only need one thing from the Home Depot: that is a single 1″x4″- 8 foot common board, price tag: $5.77. That’s it! Possibly the cheapest and quickest trip to the Home Depot in the history of ever! I only needed one board for my project, but if you are doing multiple drawer organizers, you may need a second or third board. You might be asking why I am using such a thick board (1″). Three reasons actually: 1) the thicker board is more structurally sound, 2) it will allow for the nail gun to connect the pieces with ease, 3) thicker wood gives it a more custom, professional look.
Start by drawing on a piece of scratch paper the layout of your custom design of the silverware organizer. I can’t give much direction here because I do not know the needs of your drawer. But that is the fun part of projects! Designing and making something work for your needs. Once you have the design, it’s time to measure the length and width of the drawer as well as each section of the organizer. I have an excel draft below of how I laid out my drawer and the correlating measurements. When you are measuring each piece, keep in mind the width of the board. You will need to take this into account otherwise your entire organizer will be far too big for the drawer and the internal separators may not be spaced like you originally wanted.
Got the measurements? Measured twice? Good! Garage time! I started with my outer cuts first: the 19 and 21.5″ pieces. I measured the length for 21.5″ first. I made one cut with the chop saw. You might have been thinking this entire time, 4″ width is far too high and wont fit in my drawer. Well my dear, do not worry! We will be cutting it in half, hotdog style! Set your table saw to half the width of the board (remember, the boards are exactly 4″ wide so keep that in mind). When it is set, using scrap wood, guide your 21.5″ piece through carefully so it is cut into two pieces that are the same width. Boom! You have your first two outer pieces. Wasn’t that so easy!? I like this method because no matter what, the 2 pieces opposite one another are the exact same length. Ok, run into the kitchen and dry fit those 2 to make sure they fit in the drawer. Continue the above process until all your desired cuts are made.
Before I begin nailing the pieces together with my nail gun, I ensure all the pieces fit together in the drawer. Now, head back to the garage and start nail gunning them together. I fastened all the inside separators together first, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to fit my nail gun inside the outer frame. Be sure to use a T square as you nail pieces together; you want to have perfect 90 degree angles.
Once all nailed together, take our your drawer and insert the custom silverware organizer! How does it look!? You now have a beautiful, sturdy, custom design that you can take pride in! If you want to go a step further, fill in the holes with wood putty, sand by hand all the boards and spray paint a color of your choosing. I decided to do a simple white to match my drawers.
What do you think!? Easy, right!? Now anyone who opens your drawers are going to be impressed with your handy work and the functionality of the drawer. Not only is this an easy and inexpensive project, it can be removed with easy and replicated if the design no longer works! Before you know it, your girlfriends will want you to teach them how to make their own custom silverware organizer!
Bye for now babes,