Kitchen Caddy

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Project by brianl posted 01-23-2010 06:57 PM 1464 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We moved a while back and the new kitchen doesn’t have much counter space (until we remodel it that is). We had always kept a little caddy on the counter-top to store pens, checkbooks, and bills, but with the reduced space it started getting cramped. So, to alleviate the problem I slapped together a little organizer to hang on the wall.

The caddy was quickly made from dimensional pine bought at the local home center. The learning lesson for me was using oil based paint. Since we would be storing things inside it I knew we couldn’t use latex. I had never used oil based paints before so I learned to choose an artificial brush, to cleanup with paint thinner, and to ventilate really well. A fun quick project that made she-who-runs-the-house happy.

It measures 18 inches long, 7 inches tall, and 4 inches deep.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 07:03 PM

Very nice design …clean and funtional : )

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#2 posted 01-23-2010 07:08 PM

Cool idea Brian good job

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 11:02 PM

Nice job on it. What’s wrong with latex paint?

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 12:42 AM


Everything I’ve ever painted with latex never fully cures – stays tacky. Since I was going to be setting things on the painted surface for a long time, I went with an oil-based enamel that cured nice and hard.

I based this decision on forum postings I read (here and other sites) like this one: Painted MDF Shelves and Sawmill Creek: Latex Paint Sticking .

I’m sure there’s some way to mitigate latex’s stickiness, I’m probably just ignorant of it.


-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#5 posted 02-25-2010 03:54 PM

Brian, Nice job a good solution to the problem. Also always good to keep her happy :).


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