Monday, January 7, 2008

A Good Idea That Needs Some Work

Over the holidays, we went to visit our friends Jimmy and Daishi.

While waiting for coats to be taken and boots to come off, Daishi showed us the front hall closet she'd converted into a pantry. It's right next to the kitchen. And, while they entertain frequently, she cooks every day, so I agreed that it made much more sense to use the closet for kitchen-related things and to throw the coats on the bed. There's no rule that you have to run your house according to the builder's wishes!

One of the best ideas she had was to use an old dish-rack for storing all her serving platters. It makes them easier to access than having them stacked on a shelf somewhere.

I wanted to use this idea in my house. Currently, my platters are stacked on a bench that's supposed to be for extra seating at potlucks. But I don't have an old dishrack, or enclosed storage. Hmm...

I did have this old fridge shelf down in the shop. Since I'm closed for the season, I brought it upstairs.

And it almost works!

The wire uprights on the back need a space behind them so the platters can lean in securely. I'm thinking a scrap of wood, painted to match the wall should do nicely.

Sometimes it takes a couple of tries for an idea to work. But that's how we learn, right?


vineeta said...

U are ever so resourceful! Super Idea. In India here we use dishrack style storage for our plates as a rule (almost)! Our modular kitchens come with shelves with inbuilt dishracks. Its truly a better way to store than to stack.

Bronwyn said...

Hmmm...excellent idea! Why didn't I think of that.

Barb McMahon said...

I love the built-in dishracks! They're not as common here, though.

Nice to hear from the both of you!