Hey Everyone! Today I solved a problem, a fruit problem and a dead corner problem...in my kitchen.
I like my counters pretty clutter free, with the exception of having my fruit out, making it easy for the kids to grab. With 6 kids I have a lot of fruit but nothing good to store it in. I have tried several different methods, but it always comes down to the fact that nothing could hold all the bananas, apples, oranges, pears, etc... I tried using my Bread Crate, but only one bushel of bananas would fit. I have also tried my Fruit Tray, it was too small, and I really like it better for cakes and cookies anyway. So....
Since I have a dead corner in my kitchen and nothing to put my fruit in...I decided to just build a corner fruit tower that would fit in my corner and hold all my fruit. I love killing two birds with one stone!
I have been enjoying it all day, it makes me smile. When my 8 year old came home from school and saw it he said "Awesome!" I am sure it was because of all the fruit, but it made me happy. Plus it does look pretty too!
Yummy, who doesn't love fruit? I made this fruit tower with scraps left over from my Master Closet Makeover. So it was FREE, and only took a couple of hours to make...sa-weet!
I started with these scraps of wood on the right, I had cut them down to make my Drawers for my closet, and these were the left over pieces. It is hard to tell in the photos above but I traced (on the left) and cut two pieces at once, they are stacked on top of each other. I used my lazy susan to trace the semi circle shape, and then clamped them down and used a jigsaw to cut it out.
Once cut, I took one piece and measured and marked about an inch all around. Then I drilled a hole in the middle section and cut it out with the jigsaw.
Using a scrap of my hardware cloth (you can by these in rolls at home improvement stores) from my Master closet hamper drawers, I laid it out and cut it to the right size. You can see how I stared cutting in the bottom right of the photo.
I grabbed my wood pieces and some old knobs (they are going to be the feet, see on the left) and went to my dead corner to try it out. I needed to see how tall to make my support pieces, so I got some high tech tools, plastic kid silverware. Hey, it worked! It gave me an idea of how tall I wanted it. On the right you can see I made my support pieces a little shorter than the fork, I marked it on the side. Then went out and cut five pieces all the same length. I used a scrap piece of wood it was about 1 inch square.
As I was sanding I realized that staining first was the best option before building. I used Rusteloum's Kona, and it dries in 1 hour with only one coat, LOVE it! When it was done I used my staple gun to secure the hardware cloth onto the top piece.
Next up was to build! I love Gorilla glue, I use it for everything I build, it really is the best and has the strongest hold. I decided to glue the top on first. I set the support pieces on the bottom piece so they were in the right place for the top board. Then put a dab of glue on the top of each support piece. You can see I did one piece in each corner at the front and three in a little cluster at the back. Next I set the top piece onto the supports, with the hardware cloth on the bottom, and nailed three 2 inch nails into each support piece.
Then I flipped it over and put more glue on the bottom of the support pieces, set the bottom piece on top of them, and fired three more 2 inch nails into each support. Almost done!
A quick coat of silver spray paint and some E600, and I had feet! I did add a couple of coats of poly as well before I added the feet (I guess that did prolong the project time, but to build and stain was seriously just under 2 hours, that includes staining time).
I am so happy I decided to just go for it on this one, I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I love it! Sometimes spur of projects are the best.
I am pleased with the top, my intent was to make it so the fruit wouldn't roll off, and it doesn't! The hardware cloth is great, you could use a thin piece of board instead, but I like the industrial look, and that you can see through it!
Now I have a perfect spot to hold all our bananas, and our round fruits! Making it a tower takes up less space, just what I needed.
And the feet are kinda cute too!
Now, the tricky part is keeping it full...
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