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Kitchen Organization (First Attempt)

I have several alternate titles for this blog post

  • Why did I do that?
  • My house is annoying.
  • Is this really a good use of time?
  • Biting off more than you can chew.  The Danger of Tiny Mouth Syndrome.

As you may have surmised, I have encountered some set-backs on the road to today’s (planned) tutorial.

You see, this was supposed to be a blog post/tutorial wherein I would share my clever idea and show how you too might execute this clever, space saving innovation.

OK – here’s how things have gone down.

Several years ago I remodeled (or rather, had others remodel) my kitchen.  I learned a lot, made some good choices and some bad choices and ended up, in the long run, with a much better kitchen.Before and after Kitchen remodel

One of the “good” decisions was that I wanted drawers rather than base cupboards.Kitchen makeover happiness.  Pull out drawers rather than cupboards

They have been awesome!  One of those “why wasn’t this always the norm?” kinda things.  I highly recommend them.

However, there was one hold out.  Not quite sure what happened but it’s been bugging me for years.  The cabinet next to the fridge is just that, a large, deep, not-very-user-friendly cupboard.

I hate fumbling around trying to get out the frying pan or the pasta pot etc.

Now, I have successfully (in my opinion) designed and made other “pull-out-easy-access-space-saving” projects.

In another cabinet I organized other pans and things.Convenient, space saving pull out drawer for pots and pans

In the Laundry Room Makeover I made a pull out utility wall that I love to this dayEasy, space saving, utility wall for the laundry room

And a roll out shelf for shoes.clutter busting, space saving pull out shoe drawer for mud room

So, I’m down with roll outs.  I work well with drawer glides.  Therefore why not (finally!) make a pull out drawer for that last remaining cabinet?

Why not?

Because life is short.

It should have been easy.  Just, basically, a box attached to glides.

After careful measuring I determined that the best way to get the most out of the space was to use “undermount” rather than side-mount drawer glides.  I would use two of them (for balance and due to the weight of the drawer).  Perfect!


Three (possibly four?) trips to Lowes later I had experienced the following progression of realizations:

  • The Lowes website lies about where things are
  • All manufacturers hate me. My cabinet can accommodate, at most, a 22” undermount drawer glide.  How big do they make them?  Well, they go: 16”, 18”, 20″ and……..  22 5/8ths.  Why!??!!!!  5/8ths?!!!!  What possible purpose could the 5/8ths  serve?  And why don’t people who have 18” drawers need 5/8ths  more to live out their dreams of organization and easy utensil access?*
  • Oh wait! They make 20” ones!  Yay, that will work!
  • Wait. The 20” one doesn’t actually extend any further than the 16” one?  So my drawer would only “extend” about 8 inches outside the cabinet?
  • Oh, and you only have one anyway and it’s in the wrong bin so I had to look through all of the dreaded 22 5/8ths ones come to this realization?  Thanks!

OK, side-mount drawer glides it is.

Which means reducing the size of the drawer….which means it holds a bit less…..

OK, fine, I’ll redesign.  I can find somewhere else for that one lid.  No prob.

Oh, but side-mount also means I need to get past the face frame on the cabinet.

Oh good – the frame depth is some weird, inbetween-actual-numbers number, like 1″ and 15/93rds  to second power or something?  OK, I can figure that out….

Oh, and it’s a different depth on either side?  Well that’s just terrif!  Challenges – so satisfying!

…….Perhaps I need to rethink exactly how annoying it was to dig around to get to the frying pan.

Maybe, rather than a loud, clanging exercise in crouching down, it was a character-building, mini workout that made cooking a growth experience……

Tune in next week when I either, in very small type, admit defeat or, in very large type, crow endlessly over my amazing prowess at overcoming tremendous obstacles  (like returning things to Lowes without a receipt…….I KNOW I have them…..somewhere……)


*rhetorical question  – I’m not looking for answers, I’m ranting.  I’m not proud of this fact but it is, nonetheless, a fact.




About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

9 responses »

  1. I’m enjoying this. At least you’re trying. I have to live with crappy cabinets forever. Or till we move–and we’re not planning to move.


  2. You made my day – I love to read your posts – you … are … hysterical!

  3. David I think the big mistake you are making that most of us avoid is to actually try to put into practice your AMAZING IDEA. If you, like most of the rest of us, just kept your AMAZING IDEA in the planning stages…to be executed “ONE DAY”…. you would never have to face the fact that it may not work in reality. You would be able to enjoy that quiet sense of satisfaction which comes with knowing how AMAZING it will be ONE DAY when you finally do it. You would be able to feel that sense of pride that you have the tools, and the skills to pull it off. Others may not be able to but YOU CAN. See…you tried to actually DO IT. “shakes head sadly” That, my friend, was your downfall!

    • sage advice. Thank you Ruth

    • YES! Agree! There may come a day where you will not be able to stand on your head to complete such projects. Me, I enjoy the challenge (journey) of stealing an idea and making it my own (oh, the Pinterest Fails I could post). My challenge (and I love a challenge) is to realize my ‘tries’ are not going to succeed the first time, nor maybe the second, third… Keep doing, keep posting and remember “The universe doesn’t give us what we ask for in our thoughts, it gives us what we demand with our actions”.

  4. Ditto what Denise said. And best of luck this week. Look forward to reading about how this all goes down!

  5. What is it in us that always wants something to be “better”?? Nothing’s ever just “good enough”. It’s always “good enough for now” or some other qualifier. 🙂 Which is one of the reasons I love reading your blog–you never settle for “good enough”, even if “better” is one huge headache to pull off (or a series of smaller but just-as-annoying headaches). I am living vicariously through you. And my curiosity is engaged: how WILL he pull this drawer thing off??

  6. I’m with ya’ David on the convenience of pull outs too, but, I’m surprised you didn’t go with a pull out pot rack—???



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