Magnetic Measurement Organizers

Yesterday was my last day of summer vacation as well as my husband and my wedding anniversary.  We celebrated with a scrambled egg sandwich with fresh homemade mayo breakfast, haha.  We're broke and desperately need to go grocery shopping.  Along with our sandwiches, we awaited the arrival of Flossie, who sent to our apartment 30 seconds of drizzling and a full day of oppressive humidity.  What a way to end my summer.  =D

Speaking of hard times, when we moved upstairs in April of this year, we had four shelves in a kitchen cabinet and counter space to use as storage.  No drawers, no doors to our shelves.  We  needed a place to store our cooking measurement tools so we could find them and use them readily, so I made two simple and inexpensive organizers.


I finished this project in a couple of hours, just as the sun started to set as I snapped this photo.


  • 1x2 @ 2.5 feet (already owned)
  • Brad nails (already owned)
  • Cup hooks ($1.50, Home Depot)
  • Green Guard certified indoor project construction adhesive (already owned)
  • 2 sets of 4 - 1 inch magnets ($3.50, Home Depot)
  • Ryobi 7.5" Miter Saw
  • Hammer, ruler, pen, caulking gun
  • Hitachi cordless drill and drill bit set
  • Dremel 3000 rotary tool













If routing or boring a shallow hole is not an option, I would recommend super gluing the magnets to the back of the 1x2.  It's a simpler option, and as long as the magnets hold, you will not have to worry about setting them level.


I love having these, and I've left them just as they are until I could make some color decisions in our kitchen.  I've decided to keep the natural wood tone, sand this piece and apply 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic to seal and protect it.

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10 comments:

  1. I tried commenting a minute ago but I think I hit "back" by mistake and zapped what I typed in (haha). Great organizing idea! I need to do something like this for my measuring cups. Did you use a large drill bit, or your Dremel to drill the space for the magnets? Also, I like the graphics for the tools, materials and process steps. :)

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. :) I used the Dremel. It was my first time using it as a router, and there was a steep learning curve for me. It turned out to be very important to make sure the magnets sat level, so all of them could be used to support the weight of the cups, in particular. :)

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  2. Great idea! I have bookmarked this post and plan to make something like this. Just ordered some new spoons and cups. I use these all the time, and it will be nice to have them easy to access. Thanks for sharing.
    Melanie

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Melanie. I hope the photos of my process help you when you make your own set. :) The hardest part was routing holes for the magnets. It may work to just glue the magnets to the wood, as well. If not, please feel free to contact me, and maybe we could problem-solve together.

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  3. Great idea! I hate digging through our drawers trying to find the right sized measuring spoon or cup. This is an awesome solution. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you, Amanda. I love those little organizers! I didn't like having the measuring spoons and cups all linked together, because I'd get them dirty together, and I'd have to wash them together unnecessarily. :)

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  4. This is so cool! I have metal measuring cups and spoons and would love to do something like this, but for some strange reason there are no holes in my measuring spoons so I can't hang them.

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    1. Susan, I've been trying to think of other options for you. You could make a magnetic caddy, but you would still have to search for the spoons within that caddy. If you are comfortable adding magnets to the spoons themselves, that might be another possibility. Thank you for your comment!

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  5. Cool idea! I hate having my measuring cups float around in my drawer! I can never find the one I need!!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Kendra. :) These little racks have really helped me, especially because I'm cooking in a partially complete kitchen. I was concerned that I would lose one, but I actually can visually keep track of what's missing and am able to return it to my rack right away. It also helps to have it between our sink and refrigerator. Makes prep. a little easier for me.

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