When you give us a home design challenge, boy, do we accept.
A great friend of ours who is also our contractor – assisting us with the repair work that is beyond our abilities – saw a dish drainer that we had purchased for the kitchen. “It sticks out like a sore thumb in this room,” was the first thing he said. He has an eye for the style we want and, dang, if he wasn’t right.
I hate it when he’s right.
Also, I liked the functionality of this dish drainer. The bottom part tapers nicely and is designed to spill overflow right into the sink. To boot, it was at Costco for a great price! You can’t pass up Costco!
I’m also not one to throw away a perfectly good, brand new thing. Fortunately, my husband is a metalsmith, so he is the one who looks at problems like this and goes “I can change it.”
It may seem a little strange, but looking back on this project, it’s really something almost anybody could do. It just required one piece of special equipment that is easy enough to find. To change this piece to our liking, we….
Removed the sides, which were really the most offending part of the item. They screamed stainless steel.
It takes a bit of grunt work, but it can be done with pliers and muscles!
Acquired copper sheets. We found ours on eBay, which was by far the cheapest way to get a medium sized piece of durable copper. Word to the wise – metal sheets WILL cut you, so watch out. Dan wasn’t paying attention for just a second when handling it, and it took some skin right off a knuckle before he even knew what happened.
This is the one that requires special equipment – we needed find someone who has a sheet metal cutter. Anyone who works with metal in and industrial setting should have something that can do this. Check with friends who are mechanics, shop teachers, or art teachers, and you’ll probably find one. Cutting the metal to the correct size with the right equipment takes approximately 2 seconds. We found a friend who did it for us and it was back in our hands by the next day.
Two perfect sized pieces of copper, and a big piece left over. I’m sure we’ll find a good use for that at some point…
Dan bent the ends of the copper around the dish drain frame, and simply hammered them into place. I wish I could say it was a more complicated and fancy project, but that was it!
For your average non-crazy person, it may seem like overkill to redo the metal sides of a kitchen accessory to make sure that everything matches the decor, however a challenge was thrown down to us and we had no choice but to accept! The dish drainer is no longer a sore thumb, and we have one more piece to enjoy and be proud of. Also, you KNOW no one else out there has one of these.