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The Kitchen Drawer that Wouldn't Open (31 Days of Nest Building: day 13)

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Every house has its eccentricities I suppose. This one had plenty. Perhaps the most perplexing, though, was the kitchen drawer situation.

In my kitchen, there are precisely two drawers—a fair number fewer than my previous home, or any home that I’ve lived in for that matter. I didn’t panic, though. There seemed to be enough cabinets and a large pantry, so I figured whatever I used to store in drawers could simply be stored elsewhere.

I decided on the drawer next to the sink for silverware, but there was one small problem. When I opened the drawer it stopped about three inches open. The drawer had run into the oven door handle (which is perpendicular to it). I closed the drawer and tried again (because certainly that would work) and once again it ran into the oven and stopped just three inches open.

I was baffled. I’m still baffled actually. How did the previous homeowners use that drawer? Did they use it?

Sure, I could cut my losses and decide that drawer was decorative, not functional. But if I did that, I would be down to a single drawer in my kitchen. One drawer. No, that wouldn’t do. I would have two drawers.

So I did what I’m sure any reasonable person would do. I removed the drawer front, took it to the local hardware store, and had them saw the end off.

Now I have two functional drawers.

31days-webThroughout October, I will be continuing this story  of getting acquainted with my home and making it my own as part of the 31 days challenge. Catch up on any posts you may have missed here: 31 Days of Nest Building.


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