Instead of hooks I opted for PVC pipe tubes. My husband read my January 4th post and he objected to the design. He thought the spoons would rattle annoyingly every time the cabinet doors were opened. Since he is our bread baker he definitely gets a say in the design.
He suggested PVC pipe instead and so I explored that solution. I had several design constraints to work within. My baking cabinet is the corner cabinet and the doors are narrower. The four measuring cups wouldn't fit in a row. I am also short and moving things up to a second row would be an uncomfortable reach. Instead I opted to split the measuring cups with 3 on the left and one on the right and keep everything low.
The process was as easy as it appears but I will include a tutorial because there were some deciding points along the way.
- PVC Pipe - diameter depends on your cups and spoons. I brought them with me to the hardware store and picked the smallest diameter possible PVC pipe. For my set I needed 1 1/4" diameter for the cups and 3/4" diameter for the spoons. I purchased a full length of each. It was only $2.49 for 10 feet and I figured the remainder was good to have around for some other creative DIY project!
- Foam backed mounting tape
Cut the PVC pipe. I cut my lengths 5 3/4 " for the cups and 4 5/8" for the spoons on the long side. I cut them at 45º angle thinking I might want to screw them into a backboard but I also like the visual dynamics. I did it on a band saw because I am lucky to have access to my husband's wood shop but it could easily be done by hand on a mitre box.
I had thought I would make a solid row of pipes and just use some of them so my original layout looked like this.
I realized this wouldn't work because the spacing was wrong but I made enough parts to experiment with.
After cutting the pipes I brought it all down to the cabinet to test possible layouts. For a temporary setup, I put double stick carpet tape on the inside of my cabinet doors.
I then placed the tubes in location paying attention to spacing. It was clear that I would not be using extra tubes as spacers.
Once I decided on numbers and layout I went back to the workshop and sanded all the rough edges. I wanted the pipes to stay white and after a Google search by David and some experimenting, we discovered the best way to remove the red ink was with a brand new green scrubbie and elbow grease. It has to be new, used ones aren't abrasive enough.
Once they were white and clean, I attached them to the cabinet door using foam backed mounting tape.
I put a strip about 4" long on the back of each piece and just pressed it into place. My guess is that this is the best method for the curved surface. Time will tell. In just under two weeks the project is complete. And it works well. The cups and spoons don't clattered as the doors are opened and closed yet they are easily accessible, once we remembered their new location!
I am curious to know from others that have tried the hook approach. Do the utensils clatter?
Check out the other posts in my Organizing Series
- Organizing Jewelry • Some Creative Ideas
- Organizing with Tension Rods
- Ideas for Garage Storage
- PVC to the Rescue • More Ideas on Storage
- IKEA Knuff Magazine Files • New Uses
- Binder Clip Explosion
- Cord Control
- Cable Clip Art Idea • A Great Solution
- Kitchen Organization • A Great Idea
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