Monday, May 23, 2011

Problem solved - where to hang the kitchen hand towel

In my house, I have the endless debate as to where to hang my tea towels in the kitchen? Does anyone else have this problem?

I am constantly frustrated with mine hanging either on my dishwasher or on my oven. Both annoy me because on the dishwasher I get horrible water marks that have to be scrubbed off and on the oven I can't see what is inside cooking (plus spotty windows). I know..if this is the worst thing in my life I really have nothing to complain about...but it is frustrating.

I have searched for months for a solution. Initially, I thought I would purchase one long (18-20 inch) kitchen cabinet door handle, but they are really pricey and as you know I am cheap frugal. So this wasn't going to work. When my husband and I were wandering around Ikea last week (sans kids I might add) I stumbled upon this kitchen rack for an extremely reasonable price of $10!! I immediately knew it was the solution I had been dreaming of.
(Source IKEA)
I knew the perfect place for my handy husband to install it, at the end of our island. A perfect triangle from the sink, dishwasher and oven.

I patiently waited all weekend for my husband to find 5 minutes to install it. And by patiently I mean, I kept pulling the rack out of its box and laying it out in the most obvious spot so he would see it. I learned that trick from my 7 year old daughter :)

After a weekend of gardening and installing a new ceiling fan, my husband ventured to the kitchen with his tool box. He measured an inch from the sides and 2.5 inches from the counter and marked the location with a pencil. He drilled pilot holes for the screws and put the screws directly in the side of the cabinet. The bracket just slides down over the 2 screws.
I love how the new towel rack, matches our spray painted cabinet handles!
I have to confess, I am so happy with this that I can honestly say this is one of the best $10 I have ever spent! You can tell how excited I am to share, I posted pictures of it without even using the 'fancy' tea towels that are in the laundry.

Small things with big impacts. Gotta love them.
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  1. This is a fantastic solution to an annoying problem. Well done.
    I'm not one to self promote but I would love it if you checked out my frugal "Throne Room" makeover as you opinion is highly regarded. Here is the link
    Thank you. And a big thank you for continuing to show us great home improvements on a budget. I love it!
    Anne xx

  2. Great idea! I wish I had a space like that in my kitchen! For now, kitchen stove is where it works best ;)

  3. Great idea! I too have this same problem, so I might look into something like that :)

  4. LOVE your kitchen and your solution to the towel...I think I might have to borrow your idea!

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  5. I have to copy this idea! awesome!

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  8. Genius idea!!! I am starting to follow your idea. I have to not think about kitchen towel holder. Thanks

  9. Great idea! I too have this same problem, thanks for sharing.

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