After building our kitchen sink base to fit our antique cast enamel sink I thought I had all of my storage needs well in hand. Well, it just goes to show that you really never know until you live in it for awhile! As for general storage the shelves and wicker baskets I put beneath the sink do a great job for us. In the bottom basket I keep our onions and garlic, in the top basket I keep all of our kitchen soaps, extra sponges etc. However, no matter how many times I tried it, there was just NO keeping our day to day foaming hand soap down there (check out my recipe here), it was just way too inconvenient! I also never wanted to drop our wet sponge or potato scrubber down there either because seriously wet + wicker + a wood shelf = just not a good combination.
So, where did they end up? On that little ledge behind the faucet and, as you might imagine, they drove me crazy because I was constantly knocking them off into the sink. I’ve been living with this since we moved in but something happened the other day that finally drove me over the edge. I had a big roaster pan soaking in the sink so it was full of nasty, smelly, cold, dirty, day-old water that looked like it had an oil slick across the top of it. I knocked the foaming hand soap container down and SPOOSH: some of it went in my mouth AND down my shirt. So, that was it, I headed over to Amazon and did some looking for an inexpensive little basket that would accommodate everything we needed without being intrusive. I found this one and bought it immediately because I loved that the front of it was lower then the back. When it came though it felt like it needed something so I ran downstairs and grabbed my leftover spool of twine that I had purchased for my gaudy lamp makeover!
After some thought I simply wrapped the twine all around the top bar of the entire basket. Deciding not to attach it to the wall was a decision I made for several reasons and the biggest one being that I just didn’t want to drill through our back splash. So, using the same twine and a couple of little hooks I instead simply hung the basket from the barn wood shelf we have above our sink. By attaching the twine to both the front and back it really is quite sturdy. I finished the twine off with a couple of little bows and now have such a convenient place for our hand soap, my kitchen spray that I use every day (check out the recipe here), our kitchen sponge and our potato scrubber!
I find it amazing how some of the smallest and simplest of projects can improve our day to day lives so much! Just a little hanging basket and BOOM I love my sink again 🙂