Kitchen Organisation #1
Since moving into our house in October 2012, we have been renovating and extending and have only had a ‘make-do’ kitchen in one form or another. We finished installing our kitchen just before Christmas 2015, and I love it!
There is still loads to do: decorating; fiddly finishing off bits; and I am only just getting round to unpacking boxes of kitchen stuff that have been at my parents for the last 3 years, it’s like a second Christmas in January! However what I am most looking forward to is the finishing homemade touches that make it ‘MY’ kitchen.
Despite living in chaos for the past 3 years, I am actually quite an organised person, and nothing pleases me more than having a place for everything and everything to be in it’s place. I also like things to look pretty, and love the latest trend of vintage and chabby chic items. Mostly though I take great pleasure in my home being full of my own creations. Not only because they are unique to our home, but simply because I love being surrounded by things that make me happy.
So I thought I would share some of my ideas with you, maybe could even inspire some of you to try some out for yourself!
As I have said before I like everything to have it’s place and look pretty. I also like to have everything to hand when I’m cooking and not to have to root around in cupboards to find the desired ingredient.
I have several of these Ikea Bekvam spice racks around the house. This one is being used for it’s planned use I suppose, but I also have them in my kids bedrooms where they are used as open bookshelves.
The only cost £3 from Ikea UK, so are an inexpensive option for storage. I choose to spray paint mine with Valspar spray paint to match my colour scheme. The coloured bottles I have had for a while, and were bought from Amazon.
The blackboard wooden tags were also bought from Amazon, and I used a white chalk board pen to write on them. These are great because if you make a mistake you can just wipe it off with water. In the future if they need freshening up you can paint them again with blackboard paint and write something new. Of course if you have the time and some nice person to cut the wooden shapes for you, you could make them yourself. Alternatively they would look great with cardboard parcel tags, tied with garden twine, or card labels tied with coloured ribbon. You can also buy blackboard adhesive labels that could stick to the bottles themselves which also would look nice.
My second storage project was converting old plastic cracker boxes into something useful. I personally am not a fan of storage on top of cupboards, because I like clean lines and hate clutter. However, the more cooking I do, the more I seem to accumulate ‘stuff’, and not stuff which is used everyday. My kitchen isn’t huge, but my vast array of cooking and baking paraphernalia is. So I need more storage. I decided to create some storage boxes that would sit neatly on top of my cupboards to store those items which I use every now and then, and of course look pretty.
I took this empty plastic cracker container of which I have several (some donated to me), so this is the first of many more. I again used Valspar spray paint, (sprayed outside following the manufacturers recommended guidance), and gave the tub several light coats, to build up an even coverage.
As I have said before this is the first of many, that is when I get round to making them and sorting through more boxes!
To be continued……….