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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Ever since our kitchen was finished my pawrents have been adding a few more touches to make it even better.

I think I look great on this new runner

One thing they did was buy a couple of new carpet runners. The old carpet we had in the kitchen was too small and they wanted something in front of both the main work areas of the kitchen but not have it cover up the entire floor.

This rust colored one is about 8′ and fits perfectly in front of the sink area and the grey one is 10′ long. The carpets were purchased from Oriental Rug Mart in Victor, NY. They will let you take rugs home and try them out before you even buy them. These two are from a “collection” which means the same color threads are used throughout the entire collection so they coordinate very well.

Are we done talking about the carpets yet mom?

Millie & I really like having the runners so we don’t go slipping and sliding through the kitchen. Now on to the other improvements in the kitchen. These are ones you can’t see when you just look at the kitchen. You have to open some of the drawers to see what my dad has been doing to help keep the drawers organized.

Silverware drawer

First up is the silverware drawer. There are lots of things you can buy in the stores to help you organize your drawers but they are mostly made of plastic and cost way too much money. Having a handy dad helps a lot. All of the inserts were made using a 1/4″ maple plywood for the base and  1/4″ or 1/2″ solid maple for the dividers. There also were no nails used. Everything is carefully glued together and dado joints were used to make sure the pieces lined up well.

Overhead view of silverware drawer

Utensil drawer – side view

Utensil drawer – overhead view

By making the inserts himself, my dad was able to custom fit them to make sure all the utensils or silverware fit perfectly. My mom really loves the utensil drawer. For one thing it’s a 36″ wide drawer and it is what they call “full access”. That means it pulls all the way out so you don’t have to reach under anything to get at the items in the back. She no longer has to stack as many items on top of each other and it is well organized.

Spice drawer

Here is a different type of insert for storing all my mom’s spices.

Spice drawer – side view

The insert for the spices takes up about two thirds of the drawer so there is also room for some pot holders and other things. This one is made using a 1/4″ maple plywood for the base and the angled pieces are made from 3/8″ baltic birch plywood.

knife drawer

The knife drawer is the last one for now. With our new kitchen we finally have room to be able to store things so they aren’t all piled on top of each other.

The knife drawer has room in the back for additional items too. As you can see there is also space in the middle for our bread knife that has an adjustable guide. 

For this drawer my dad used 1/2″ and 3/4″ thick solid maple for the dividers and 3/4″ maple for the handle rests.

Well that is all the new stuff that has been added to our kitchen. We sure are lucky to have such a handy dad. Next up he is going to make an insert for all his coffee pods but I will have to show you that later.


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