It might be a bit late in the year for a spring clean, but our house is in desperate need of a good sort-out, clean and tidy. We’ve also been looking at ways to improve the general organisation and flow of things around here – starting in the kitchen.
It’s no secret that I hate our kitchen. It’s badly laid out, doesn’t have enough storage and most importantly – is falling to pieces. None of the doors close properly, the bottoms of the drawers are falling out and, every morning when I come down into the kitchen, I’m half expecting a wall hung cupboard to have fallen down, lying smashed into a thousand pieces strewn all over the floor.
Whilst I’m not a fan of open shelving (we love to hide as much junk as possible) we’ve decided to install some shelves on the wall next to the kitchen sink. Sadly that means that we will have to lose our magnetic spice rack.
Having worked out the desired positions of the shelves we decided, that it would be best to remove the top row of tiles so that we could attach the shelf brackets lower down the wall. I’m really not the tallest of people and would really struggle to reach everything otherwise.
Luckily it was really quick and easy to do. Jan just chiselled away at them and they came loose straight away.
Being frugal as usual, we worked out that it would be cheaper to buy one really long shelf to cut in half instead of two shorter ones. Lucky for Jan, this also meant that he could get out his newest power tool again.
The shelf was exactly twice the length it needed to be, so after just one quick cut, we had the perfect sized shelves for our small wall space.
After a bit of measuring, marking and some more power tool action, we were able to screw the new shelves to the wall.
Looking back, we should have probably just chiselled away just two of the tiles for the shelf brackets, but luckily we found a few small replacement tiles in the cellar to patch up the area.
To get even more storage out of the shelves, we also added a few cup hooks to the underside of the bottom one.
Whilst they may not be the prettiest shelves the world has ever seen, they definitely do the job.
If we ever get round to it (our to-do list seems to be getting longer and not shorter), we might attempt to prettify them in the future. We know that the shelf arrangement could be better, but as we really do need them for storage, we’ve have very limited possibilities. They will just have to do for now.
Do you also never have enough space to store everything? Are you like us and try to hide as much as possible, or do you like to show off you stuff?