Here's a project I started and finished in one day- my favourite kind of make because I don't have time to loose momentum and have my head turned by a new and more exciting project!
The seed for this project was sown when I had to take my cutlery tray out of it's drawer because it wouldn't fit in anymore due to the humongous amounts of clutter I chuck into it. I couldn't open the drawer for a few days because all the junk had slid under the cutlery tray and pushed it up too high so it kept jamming. When all the teaspoons from the draining board had been used and I found myself making coffee with a desert spoon, I decided to take action.
Any normal person would probably have had a clear out but to be honest, this isn't the first time the drawer's jammed and I knew it wouldn't be the last, things just accumulate and multiply in there. So now it's become the junk drawer (everyone should have one).
I keep all sorts in there: paper scissors, wooden spoons, hair slides, hole punch, calculator, two odd mittens, cellotape, bottle opener, hair brush, screwdriver, Annie's pretend nail varnish, the jazzy bits from Eliza's scooter's handlebars, some things I don't even recognise but I don't want to throw away because their use will become painfully obvious once I have. Where's all this stuff supposed to live if not in a junk drawer?
But this meant that my cutlery tray had to live on the worktop, in full view of normal people, and as you can see it was pretty grotty. I briefly considered scrubbing it but that was totally uninspiring. I'm not into housework at all unless it involves some kind of major transformation: I can't sweep the dining room without re-arranging all the furniture, or dust shelves without changing what's on them. So I painted it with a tester pot of white emulsion which I found lurking in the drawer(!), stuck some pretty, left-over wrapping paper inside and around the edges and finally applied a few coats of clear varnish, ta-da!