Welcome to Part Two of my series on Small Space Solutions for the kitchen. Awhile back, I wrote about our homemade DIY pot rack that helped free up some cupboard space and added to the industrial modern feeling of our home. Today I will show you something that has helped free up some space on the countertop: the hanging fruit basket.
This hanging fruit basket has plagued me ever since my husband brought it with him to our marriage. Just like the idea of hanging pot racks, my husband loves his hanging fruit baskets. I on the other hand, do not. But, since we tend to live in places with small kitchens, this crazy fruit basket has made its way into one corner or another in every home we have had. Until this house. For a year and a half, I really and truly thought this fruit basket might finally be able to ‘disappear.’ Then one day a month or two ago, I looked at my kitchen counters and table full of little plastic bags of apples, lemons, bananas, onions, garlic…and I thought, “There must be a better way to organize and store all of these fruits and vegetables so that they would be out of the way!” And I remembered that lonely little hanging fruit basket that I had tried to hide away in a box along with other random items going to Goodwill. I was the one who dug it out this time.
Let me just tell you that there are actually several pretty cool looking hanging fruit baskets out on the market. If you are interested in this space saving trick and don’t happen to have one ‘lost’ somewhere in your basement storage, I really recommend looking online to find one that is fun and fitting with your decorating style. Since I already had this one, and I am determined to use what I already have whenever possible, I decided that it needed a little sprucing up. Our fruit basket started out as a three-tiered white wire mesh looking thing. It actually doesn’t look too bad in the photo against the green wall. But, since I have plans to paint the green wall very soon, and since the basket doesn’t look that fresh and white in real-life, I spray painted it Raspberry pink.
I realize most people would paint the wall and cabinets before they decided on the color of the fruit basket, but I have a vision, and that includes a Raspberry pink fruit basket. Ha. And since I could easily spray paint the basket while my kids were napping, it was much easier and quicker than trying to paint the wall and cabinets first.
Since the basket needed to hang while being painted, my husband rigged up a cardboard spray station for me in the garage. I sprayed several thin and even coats, then turned the basket and sprayed the other side. After sufficient drying and airing out, we brought the basket inside and filled it up again (I really did miss those counter-clearing abilities). Now I can’t wait to get those walls and cabinets painted so it can really be a fun splash of color in our kitchen. Overall, I think the once-shunned fruit basket is pretty pleased with her new look for Spring.