What I Forgot to Add in

Our Kitchen Remodel

I have a confession. While I LOVED renovating our kitchen–i.e. tearing down walls, ripping out cabinets, laying new flooring…the big stuff–picturing the functionality of the end result was a bit difficult for me. I was so focused on the layout and materials that I forgot to think about the little add-ons that really make a space function. A rack for spices, a holder for large pans, an organizer for new drawers, etc. In my defense, our old kitchen only had two base cabinets and one drawer, so “stuff in anything that fits” was the name of the game. But now that we have more storage, I’m finally realizing there are more than a few after-the-fact projects making their way onto my master To Do List. In the first of what I’m guessing will be many of these type projects, I’ve drawn-up a drawer organizer with wings that expand to fit any drawer width 13- to 21-inches. It could also be downsized to fit in a dresser or vanity as well. Also, in case you missed it earlier this week, I spilled my DIY secret for getting a perfectly straight cut without using a fancy table saw, which comes in handy if you’re making today’s project.

Sooo…If you’re reading between the lines, you can tell I’m shamelessly hoping for some advice! Is there something you can’t live without in your kitchen that I should add to my list? Drop me a note in the comment section below!

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5 thoughts on “What I Forgot to Add in Our Kitchen Remodel

  1. Adelle

    Hi Jenn, I just found your website and I’m addicted already!! I recently learned how to make sliding drawers for the inside of the cabinets and have plans to make a tall divided drawer for my frying pans. I have three different size pans so each slot will be big enough to hold two of each size (one stainless and one nonstick). My cabinets have a mullion in the middle so the pans have to be slanted slightly in order to pull them out. As you can imagine trying to pull the larger frying pan from the bottom is a bit difficult. Not to mention the extra space I have to waste so that they is room to slant. I’ll post a pic on Instagram once complete. Thanks again for the inspiration!


  2. Anonymous

    Use banks of drawers you can access everything that is in them,things don’t get pushed so far back that you never know what is at the back there.


  3. Jay Wingo

    I love the expandable drawer insert. I think I will have to add that to my list of kitchen remodel plans. I am putting toekick drawers in my cabinets. I just finished all the rough cuts yesterday of all the cabinet carcasses and face frames. I found plans online for retrofitting cabinets with toekick drawers and it seemed like such a great idea that we decided to incorporate them into our custom build. It’s a great use of space for things like pesky plastic lids, or pie pans, or whatever you can fit into it. Can’t wait to finish this project.


  4. Roy Williamson

    We put pot lights in our kitchen ceiling and a hung a pot/pan rack above the island to free up several cabinets. Enough light still gets through for meal preps on the island and her hardware is easier to get to. Made room for a mini-freezer beneath the cabinets too. Comes in handy.


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