Monday, February 1, 2016

Kitchen Cup Hook Organization

I know you've poured over the sparkly farmhouse kitchens with the wide planked shelving unit.  You have imagined yourself making gooey chocolate chip cookies and pulling your Pyrex nesting bowls off the shelf.  What no one ever tells you about open shelves in the kitchen is that it SERIOUSLY takes away about 50 percent of your storage.

Please don't get all weepy on me but you'll need to make the hard decision to get rid of those amazing golden floral dishes that haven't been touched in the 5 years you've owned them.  All those sticky bottles used for one recipe need to be thrown away.  You're never going to use them for another recipe.

After you've cut the junk you'll still need some old school tricks to make your kitchen functional.   Cup hooks will bring you back to your grandma's kitchen complete with the metal canisters on the shelf.  It will take you 10 minutes and will have you feeling all cozy and organized.

Cup hooks are such a simple way to bring nice clean lines to showcase your favorite mugs.  First step is to measure the area underneath the shelf.  The underneath of my shelf space was 11" deep by 16" wide.  I then measured the average height and width of my mugs to get an idea of how wide I needed to space them.

Working out the math can be a little tricky but remember where the hook is placed is going to be in half of the cup measurement.  Think the cup hook is going to balance perfectly in the middle of the handle which is roughly dead center of the cup.  Draw your gridline on a piece of paper in the exact measurement of your shelf.  This will help work out the exact measurements perfectly.  My cups on average were 4" tall by 3 3/4" wide.  So I started with measuring in 4/2=2" from the 16" length and 1 7/8ths from the 11" depth edges.  From there build the gridlines to fit the 4" height x 3 3/4th' width.  I am sure there is a better way to describe this but that's the best I can do.

Tape your gridline to the bottom of the shelf and drill on the cross points the depth of the threads on your cup hooks.  Make sure your drill bit isn't larger than your cup hook by lining the end of the bit to the tip of the hook threads.  

Tip: On your drill bit mark with a permanent marker the depth of the cup hook.  This will help knowing when to stop drilling.  

Quick fix and you're on your way to simply putting away your mugs and making a cozy cup of herbal peach tea.



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