Congratulations to Nathan B! He won the $40 worth of YouCopia products! Thank you all for entering. I hope to bring more giveaways to the blog soon.
Life, learning, kids and fun
As with most of us, I love the idea of reusing and recycling things that could otherwise just be useless. Pallets have been hugely popular over the years for the sheer variety of things you can do with them, either as a whole or by taking them apart. Reclaimed wood, especially barn wood, is just as far up there in popularity.
If you are not as handy or just don’t have time to “do it yourself,” here are some great finds from Etsy that have caught my eye. Check them out for yourself by clicking on the pictures.
This first one, which I love, is made by “designedbuystephanie” uses both pallet wood and sticks. It’s a four-key rack, and would look great in any home with a country or rustic theme. As a matter of fact, I think I saw something very similar recently on one of the Tiny House shows on tv.
I have always liked furniture that incorporates chicken wire. Whether it’s used in the front of cabinets or framed like this, I think it adds a rustic touch to any room. This “shabby-chic” memo board was made in the UK by BBsWorkshopUK, and can be found by clicking the picture.
Finally, I wanted to include a piece of artwork that combines both reclaimed wood, and quilting style. This star design would make a beautiful decoration in any living, dining or bedroom. It was created by NorthernOaksDecorCo, and was in an episode of Quantico on ABC! Pretty amazing.
I can always find more things on Etsy than I could ever afford to buy or find room for in my home, so I love the opportunity to share some of them with all of you.
Have you found any favorites of your own? Share them in the comments if you’d like.
Also, just a reminder that you have 9 more days to enter the drawing for $40 worth of YouCopia products. If you haven’t entered yet, do so here.
I was recently lucky enough to get to try out three new kitchen storage products from YouCopia. I chose to test the Spiceliner, the Drawer Storastack and the Storemore Lid Holder. First I have to say that my kitchen is in no way modern. My house was build in 1900. I’m not sure when the kitchen was built but nothing in it is standard size. As a result the storage products didn’t exactly fit well in my spaces.
The Spiceliners come as a 6-pack of non-slip foam strips that fit in most standard-size drawers according to the packaging. As I mentioned, there is nothing standard-size about my kitchen, so only 4 of the strips fit in my drawer. My drawer was also too long, but the strips are plenty long enough for normal drawers. Although it doesn’t say so, you could probably trim them to fit if your drawer is too short as well. The packaging says that using all 6 strips will allow you to store 24 spice jars. As you can see in the picture, with the 4 strips I used, I could easily fit 16, so that would work out to 24 if you are using all 6.
I like the way you can see all of the labels easily, and unlike the organizers for cabinets all of them are easily reached when you need them without having to move or, more likely in my house, knocking over the ones in front. The one concern I had was that there was space between the jars that seemed wasted. The strips could have been tighter if they weren’t quite as wide on the edges and that would have left more room for another row.
YouCopia Storemore Lid Holder
YouTopia Drawer Stacker
I didn’t have a drawer of the right size or depth to try this in, but I did try it out with my plastic containers. The Storastack says on the packaging that it holds 12 containers and lids, and is designed to work well with brand name disposable containers.
From the angle of the picture on the package, it looks like the covers stand up nice and straight, and the clip dispensers push up against the containers to hold them in. Although it doesn’t really show in my photos, the lids do stand up fairly straight. The containers sit on the bottom platform, but there isn’t really anything to hold them in. The clips don’t actually touch the containers,s as you can see in my picture, so there isn’t a whole lot keeping them in. It does adjust length-wise to fit if the drawer size is longer than the Storastack, and that seems to work well, but all-in-all this was not my favorite product of the three.
I will definitely be continuing to use the Lid Holder, and once I’ve sorted out my kitchen and replaced some cabinets and drawers, I’ll be giving the SpiceLiner another go, but I can’t say I’m likely to start using the StoraStack. That said, if your containers are all the square brand name ones, this may work better for you. If they are a mixed lot like mine, it may not be your best choice.
YouCopia products are good, solid organizational products. They’re priced at a reasonable level for this type of item, and they also offer a number of other products to help organize your kitchen including the Shelfriser, SpiceSteps, the TeaStand and the WrapStand, which will be the next product I’ll be trying.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to organize your kitchen, YouCopia could be a good choice. They are easily found at Target, on Amazon and at major home retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond.
For my readers, I’m happy to say that YouCopia is offering a great giveaway right here on the blog. Below enter for your chance to win a YouCopia product of your choice, valued up to $40!
The giveaway runs until February 13th. Full terms and conditions can be found through on the entry widget. Be sure to share with all your friends so they can have the chance for a more organized kitchen too!