We are a young couple remodeling our first house...one outdated / ugly thing at a time. This blog documents our remodel projects and ideas.
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1.05.2011

K-cup Drawer Holder

I love my Keurig. It is the best thing since slice bread, really. However, I don't like storing the K-cups. There just doesn't seem to be a good way to store the little cups. I don't have enough cabinet space to keep the cups in the boxes, and I don't have enough counter space for a carousel (I also am not particularly fond of the carousels either). So, my storage solution has been a basket filled with the K-cups that sits on top of the fridge. It stores them, but there is no organization and you have to dig to find your flavor. Not the best option, but it works.

And then a friend of ours told us about a drawer he saw at BB&B that sits under the Keurig and stores the cups. Genius! Why didn't I think of that? A quick Google search and I find it, priced at $25. Not terribly expensive, but not cheap. And it is sold out. Waa-waa.
Keurig® K-Cup® Drawer Holder
Well that got my wheels a-turning. I could easily make or find a drawer for much cheaper, which is exactly what I did. Before Christmas, I found an awesome vintage metal cabinet for $2 while out thrift store trolling. This cabinet is going to be my new K-cup drawer holder:

It was super easy to re-purpose this cabinet into the drawer holder. Here is a quick how-to:

Step 1 - Clean. Who know what this cabinet was used for in its previous life, or what was stored in it?! And I'm not taking any chances! I cleaned the cabinet with Mrs. Meyer's and a magic eraser to make it shiny and clean.

Step 2 - Grease. Not actual grease, but I didn't know what else to name this step. I used a left-over taper candle to "grease" the drawer tracks so they would slide easier.

Step 3 - Felt. Since this drawer is a little taller than the retail one, it has to be slid out a little from under the  top cabinets so we can put water in the Keurig. And I definitely don't want any scratches on my new counter tops so better felt the bottom. Cut strips of sticky felt and place on the bottom.

Step 4 - Paper. This probably isn't needed, especially since the cabinet is squeaky clean, but the shelf paper was too cute to pass up. And yes, this is the dreaded sticky shelf paper. Cut the paper, peel and stick.

That's it. Load the drawers with K-cups and it is a $2 holder, easy and functional.
Have you re-purposed any items lately? What are your storage solutions for K-cups?

WhisperWood Cottage

34 comments:

Shannon said...

What a clever idea. I'm going to do this! I store my recipes in a cabinet just like yours, but now I'm going to put the k-cups in it.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

A red Keurig? Oh how we love our Keurig machine, it is awesome. Following your blog and would love a visit and a follow back.

curlie girlie said...

Such a cute idea! I'm looking forward to reading through your blog - we're slowly renovating an older house too so I might steal some of your ideas. :)
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Norwegian Phoenix said...

That's a great idea. Love your re-purposing!

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Anonymous said...

Looks good, and I like the shelf paper choice.

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Donnie said...

I think a lot of people could really use this idea. Great job.

Swampgirl said...

Wow! I just got a Keurig for Christmas and had no idea what to do with all the little cups! I'm going junking tomorrow and I will be on the lookout for something that will work! Great idea!

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

Love the idea! We have the Keurig and have seen the drawers in the Bed Bath & Beyond ads...I love your take on it! I'm going to have to do something like this!

Stephanie C. said...

Cute idea!! I store my cups in a large, vintage, Tom's Roasted Peanuts jar on the counter next to my Keurig. It doesn't look bad, but they do get jumbled up. I might just have to keep my eye for an idea like yours.

Designs By Pinky said...

We have a Keurig and do keep the cups in a cabinet above the coffe maker. I, luckily have enough cabinets to do this but your idea is genius!!!! Great job! XO, Pinky

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Great solution! Thanks for linking!!

Anonymous said...

Linens and Things carries the holder for your machine. I purchased one for my daughter and family for Christmas. There was a coupon plus the store was out of the item so they ordered and it was shipped free because it was out of stock item! I got it just before Christmas. For their home it was just the right size. Your wonderful idea would of been too large for their space. Great job!

Molly said...

I love this idea. We have been looking for something to store our k-cups and other random teas in. Now, I just need to go find my husband's file drawers like these!

abeachcottage said...

Love this idea. Thanks for the tutorial. Definitely most helpful.

Anonymous said...

Trolling for new ideas this morning, and this is the winner for the weekend!

Cheap K Cups said...

Great article. check this out

Anonymous said...

Love it! I've been searching for ideas and just really didn't want to spend over $20. Thank you!

Cindy said...

Try a large funnel with tube attached to fill your Keurig. No sliding anymore. The fill apparatus can reside in a drawer

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