Before & After: A Utensil Drawer Gets a Stylish, Streamlined New Look for Less than $25

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Sometimes, proper organization is all about finding the proper materials. You can want to be organized and try to be organized, but if you don’t have the right-sized dividers or storage cubes or tension rods, your efforts will only go so far.

That was the case with Surabhi Vijay’s silverware drawer, which started out so-so but could have been much better with even more dividers to hold the overflow.

In order to make her utensil drawer more organized, Surabhi bought a utensil holder with more slots, including wider ones for servers and spatulas. She calls this expanding OXO divider “a BIG win,” especially at just $17.

In order to make her drawer more stylish, Surabhi lined her divider with marble-patterned contact paper reminiscent of a kitchen countertop. She the paper cut to match the size of the slots in her new divider for a classy, highly organized finish.

With the contact paper on sale for under $7, the whole redo rings up under-$25 — totally worth it to bring some added style to a drawer you open every day.

Surabhi’s quick drawer refresh teaches us two important organizing lessons: First, the best drawer organizers make use of all of the real estate in the drawer. Second, even the inside of your drawers can be stylish! (See: How To Line Kitchen Drawers & Shelves with Cheery Paper).

Sarah Everett

Editorial Assistant

Sarah is Apartment Therapy’s editorial assistant. She recently completed her MA in journalism at the University of Missouri and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Belmont University. Past writing and editing stops include HGTV Magazine, Nashville Arts Magazine, and several outlets local to her hometown, Columbia, Missouri.

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