Tuesday, October 4, 2011

{31 Days to a Functional Kitchen} Day 4: Kitchen Sink Tray

My in laws recently purchased a home in our neighborhood.  Living in a tract home community, I love to go into homes in my neighborhood to see what other people have done to customize and personalize the builder-grade features of our houses.  One of the things that I was instantly jealous of was the tip out tray by the kitchen sink to store sponges, scrapers, brushes, etc.

For my birthday this year, I asked for Kitchen Sink Tray kit!  Yeah!  I couldn't wait to get it installed.  These kits can be found for under $20 and are a wonderful way to hide the ugly essentials to keep your kitchen clean.

As soon as the kids headed off to school, I pulled out my tools (a screw driver and a drill) and got to work.  It was super easy to install as long as you follow the directions and take care to do the measuring. 

The hardest part - removing the false front.  I could feel the clips on the back of the board but with the size of the sink, they were difficult to reach and even see.  I struggled for a while trying to unscrew the clip.  Come to find out, it was a tension clip and all I had to do was pull really hard on the wood front and it popped right off.  Then I simply unscrewed the clips.

Before I knew it, I had it installed and I could get rid of the grimy little bowl that sat by the sink. 

Now, when I need my scraper, dish brush, stopper or even a magic eraser, I simply tilt down the sink front and grab the right tool.  When I am done, I can tuck them neatly away and no one is the wiser.

Simply solution for function and style!  I love it!

Our homes are filled with wasted opportunities for storage and
function.  Utilizing a previously "decorative" finish in the
kitchen turned in to found space.

Assignment:  Look around your kitchen for wasted opportunities. 
Make a list and think about how you can find new places for
storage and function.


  1. I could really use this too. I like your series. I will be checking back. - Dawn

  2. I had never had these before moving into my house, and I love them.

  3. Playing catch up with your series... this has spawned an idea for me, to add these to our sink... thank you!!


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