Is your kitchen utensils drawer a tangled mess? I made these DIY drawer dividers for my kitchen utensils in a day. It was a very easy, quick and affordable project that you too can do it yourself.
Believe it or not, I love to cook almost as much as I love organizing. But, cooking when I am pressed for time is a different story, and unfortunately, that tends to happen often. So, my utensils drawers pay for it since I am always rushing trying to get dinner on the table.
I purchased a few drawer organizers at the dollar store, but I still couldn’t come up with a good configuration for my two kitchen utensil drawers. So, I decided to DIY drawer dividers.
I felt the need to DIY my own dividers since I read this tutorial from Kevin & Amanda. It seemed easy enough…until I got my husband involved and we decided to take a few extra steps. Either way, here is a short list (affiliate links) of what you will need to build the dividers:
- Poplar hobby board – 1/4 in. x 2 in. x 3 ft. – We purchased 5 and had some leftover. Calculate how many boards you will need, depending on the number of divisions you are making, and their length.
- Wood glue
- Miter saw – if you don’t have a saw, they can cut the pieces for you at the hardware store. Just remember: measure twice, cut once!
- Sandpaper – 320 grit
- Fast drying polyurethane – I had clear semi-gloss handy, but any finish would work. This is optional.
Step 1: Create a Template
You know the saying: “Measure twice, cut once!” – So, be very thorough and take your time to decide your layout. Then, count how many pieces of hobby board you will need and how long to cut each, according to your template.
After a very needed decluttering session, I took my final count of utensils and laid them inside the drawers again and created and imaginary template.
- 2 – 15 1/2 inch pieces – front and back of drawer
- 3 – 15-inch pieces
- 2 – 15 1/2 inch pieces – front and back
- 3 – 13 1/4 inch pieces – dividers
- 1 – 5 1/2 inch piece – divider
Step 2: Cut The Hobby Board
With a miter saw, we cut to the right size each one of the pieces we measured in Step 1.
Side Note: Before gluing the pieces together, I suggested we created a groove on each separation, in order to snap the vertical pieces into place. We thought it would reinforce the sides of the dividers. This was an extra step we did with the miter saw, however is not strictly necessary.
Step 3: Glue The Pieces Together
After cutting the pieces, I glued them together leaving the exact spacing and making the exact configuration as in the templates. Then I let them air dry.
The tutorial I read ended here. However, I noticed that the craft wood was leaving lots of dust and it looked unfinished. So I went ahead and took two extra steps.
Step 4: Sand The Wood – Optional
The hobby board was very rough (notice the edge of the end piece in the picture below). So, once the drawer dividers were totally dry, I sanded down -by hand- every side of every piece. It took me less than 15 minutes to do it all.
Step 5: Add a Finish – Optional
This is another extra step I took. To seal the wood, I added one coat of fast drying polyurethane.
Here is a comparison picture of a divider without sanding or finish (left), and a divider sanded and finished with semi-gloss poly (right). Definitely worth the extra two steps!
And here is the final product:
DIY Drawer Dividers – Drawer #1
This drawer is immediate to the right of the stove, and I keep here all the utensils I need when I am cooking.
DIY Drawer Dividers – Drawer #2
This drawer is to the right of drawer#1. Here I keep gadgets and utensils needed for meal prep and some gadgets that I don’t use too often. E.g.: ice cream scoops, Pie server, garlic press, pizza cutter, nutcracker, etc.
What a difference from before!
These DIY drawer dividers was a project born from the desperate need of an organized and uncluttered utensils drawer.
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