As a pre-Christmas present I received these awesome knives from Chicago Cutlery. Bad part was my utensil draw was already overflowing and my knife block was already full. I didn’t want to take these out of their plastic cases so I have had them shoved in the utensil drawer.
It was getting to be a headache.
I needed another option. Problem was, I don’t any spare counter space for a utensil holder. I was running out of options and getting angrier by the minute. I need easy access to all of my cooking supplies and it’s bad enough I don’t exactly have the most functional kitchen.
While cleaning out our small and large barns last summer we ran across quite a few yard tools that are most likely as old as this house. Husband said they were here when he purchased the home. In the pile I saw a couple of rakes, but all of them had handles. One day I noticed we had a rake with a broken handle. I never paid much attention to it and then a few weeks ago I noticed it was outside on top of some case, which was half buried in the snow.
I remember scrolling through Pinterest and seeing folks using these for jewelry and I always enjoyed how it looked. During all of this pinning I came across a pin for a homemade utensil holder. It too used a broken old rake. Of course, that rake looked much nicer than mine.
I forgot about it all.
After getting fed up with my drawer I decided to go outside and retrieve the broken rake. The snow had melted some and I was able to gather it up with no problems. I brushed it off a little , removed the photo on the wall and placed it just above my stove. A nail was already there so presto! instant holder.
I’m guessing I won’t be able to keep the knives up there like that for long because eventually they are going to slide in and out of their plastic holders easier with use. But for now it’s pretty handy and didn’t cost me a dime.
I wish I had wall space to do this. I have a utensil holder but it takes up quite a bit of space and I have zero drawers to put anything in this damn kitchen. I can’t wait until I get a new one.
I don’t have a range above my stove so that is why I have a place to hang this. Right above the stove is pretty handy.
This is so cute and rustic! I’m sure we can find an inexpensive rake head on eBay 🙂
I bet you could, or your local thrift shop!
Martha A Cheves says
That has got to be one of the smartest ideas I’ve seen in a long time. Like you, I have an area between the range and hood that would be perfect for hanging this. Or I may do several and stagger them on the wall next to my range. So smart! Thank you.
Oh, I never thought about staggering them. I have a few old rakes in different sizes. That might be cute!
Martha A Cheves says
Just thought of something else. You can paint them to match your kitchen.
I did think about paining it, but we are going to be moving soon and I wasn’t really wanting to mess with paining it again. Plus, this one is super old and peeling. I would have to sand it, again, I am super lazy when it comes to certain things and honestly, really liked the rustic look. Although I did think about painting the top handle portion to give it a little pop of color.
Martha A. Cheves says
I like the idea of painting the handles portion. I can see a small wall covered with this idea!
It would be really cute!
Lauren @ DC Healthy Bites says
What a great idea! I have super small kitchen space so optimizing storage space is key. My drawers are overflowing and this is a potential solution I’m going to consider. Thanks for sharing!
You are very welcome. Thank you for stopping by! (BTW, my drawer is still out of control!)
Theresa Ledford says
OHMYGOSH! This is the best idea ever! I have the tiniest drawers and they make me insane. I’ve already had to put my wooden utensils into an old silver percolater. I know there is bound to be one of these things laying around here somewhere. We have a barn and three or four sheds. Heck yeah! I’m going to make the hubby go out today and find one, spray paint it black, maybe add a decorative red bow and that is going over my stove. This rocks! Thank you for sharing!
I tried putting them in containers on the counter. But, the problem with that is I don’t have a lot of counter space so they just kept getting in the way. So, I dumped them in the drawer. Over the years, and many thanks to this site, I’ve collected more utensils for the sake of cooking and photography. My drawer is out of control! I also have a huge pull out drawer in the kitchen where I store my photography props like dishes and utensils. In my next house I am going to have to have shelves just for dishes and such that I use in plating.
Great idea. There are so many incredible storage ideas out there.
I love that I was able to turn a piece of trash into treasure. I have some more things that were found in the old small barn before we knocked it down. I can’t wait to get started on some of these other small kitchen projects.
Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says
Love it! Very creative!
Thank you so much!
Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real LIfe says
I can so relate to the lack of space you have Chrystal. I think your kitchen is bigger than mine. Mine is like a closet. It’s so tiny! I have to be really smart about my space. This rustic idea is perfect for your kitchen. My only option was to clean out drawers and get rid of all but my favorites. It makes me happy to be able to grab things easily, but I do sometimes miss my toys.
My kitchen is pretty decent sized. It’s very open into the small dining area. It’s just not a very functional kitchen. Things just aren’t where they should be.
Treana B says
I mean who needs 8,998,374,985 rakes anyway? Thanks so much for linking up to the Merry Monday Link Party! We hope you’ll join us next week! -Treana @ houseofbennetts.com
Oh gosh, we had so many when we had to clean out the barns for tear down. 99% of them came with the house. I am talking antique!