Counter space is at a minimum in my kitchen. It’s not too bad, but once I put out my toaster oven, blender (we use it every morning for smoothies!), spice rack, and utensil jar, it is pretty full. There is a space on the left side of my sink where I keep the bowl of fruit and paper towels. Since we had always rented before, buying moveable things like this made sense; the next time we moved, we would just pick up the paper towel holder and put it down at our next place. But now we need something more permanent and says “We have bought this house, so we can drill stuff into the ceiling!”. You had no idea a paper towel holder and a fruit bowl could say so much… Neither did I!
So about a week ago we were at Bed Bath and Beyond, and I am pretty sure we were looking for a bed spread or duvet cover for our bedroom. Instead we walked out with a few things for the kitchen and nothing for our bedroom. That is how BB&B works- you go in for one thing and come out with five other things completely unrelated to the first. Either way, we found a more permanent paper towel holder and a fruit basket to hang from the ceiling. I had been wanting to organize my fruit and get it up off the counter so I had more room for cutting and chopping food and things. I also like space. I get that from my mom. She doesn’t like things out on the counters, and I like it that way too. Give me the space and I feel so much more relaxed!
I stopped by Home Depot once I figured out that the hanging fruit basket did not come with any hardware. I got in and out of there so fast with what I needed, that I totally forgot to pick up paint swatches for color options for the kitchen walls. I will remember next time! Anyway, there was only one black hook left at the store, and I wasn’t about to get a gold or white hook that wouldn’t match the basket, so I was in luck. It can hold up to 60 pounds! Who can fit that much fruit in a small basket?! It even had pictures on the back for directions, so I thought we couldn’t go wrong.
The only problem is on the second step of directions. They have a BIG “X” mark on it and “IMPORTANT!” written at the top, but the picture is a little unclear…. Was I not supposed to twist the screw too far into the ceiling? Am I supposed to push it the rest of the way? Do I need to put the second screw in when the first piece is halfway in the ceiling?! Too many questions. So I just handed it to Matt and didn’t say a word about the anxiety I was feeling over step two in the directions. And he figured it out just fine. I should have known!
One project down, one more to go. The paper towel holder. And this one was even easier than the hanging basket. Mark where you want it, screw it in, and add the paper towels. Easy peasy. Matt didn’t even screw it through to the inside of the cabinet. I didn’t make him take it down and move it over an inch. It was great the first time. I think we are becoming more handy. We didn’t run into anything major, the ceiling didn’t fall down in pieces, the hanging basket has been up for over 24 hours, so I don’t think it is falling down anytime soon, and the paper towels roll off smoothly. I think we have tackled our first home project where we didn’t run into any issues.
Congratulations to us. I guess this was a pretty simple project, but it still feels like a big accomplishment. It only took about 15 minutes to install both pieces. Yep, that’s professional.