DIY Rustic Sink Organizer (for cleaning with ease) & Recipe

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Please raise your hand if cleaning your dishes gets you a bit frustrated because all of your dish cleaning tools are kind of all over the place! Or, am I the only one? Yes? Poo! So, I guess I’m the only one who has daydreamed about a sink organizer that actually works then? You know, one that actually holds all of your stuff and doesn’t sit halfway in your sink or have suction cups that lose their suction three weeks later. Well, if you’re with me, you don’t have to daydream any longer because I have come up with the chicest rustic sink organizer that holds everything (including your dish soap), and I’m going to show you how to make it!

One of my favorite parts about this sink organizer is the hook that lets me hang my dish cloth. No more draping it over the spout or the edge of the sink.

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Speaking of dish cloths, I recently picked up these amazing new dish cloths by Scotch-Brite®, at Walmart. These things are so cool. The Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths have two sides to them: one side is high quality fiber and the other side contains their scrubbing dots technology that originated from Scotch-Brite’s stay clean sponges. These dish cloths do not scratch, so you can use them on any surface. Say what?! Not only that, but these aren’t those use and toss kind of deals. They are made of fiber cloth, so you can wash and re-use them. So, pretty much, these dish cloths are supercharged with awesome! Oh, and they come in packs of TWO! Yes, you read that right, two. It just keeps getting better!

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Don’t mind the crazed out face. I may have just been a little excited. Hey, if you could see the messes my kids make at meal time, you would be excited for me!

Okay, I admit, I make messes too. In fact, I wanted to put one of these cloths to the test. So, I decided to come up with a new recipe that would require some extra scrubbing. I whipped up something I now like to call “Not Your Momma’s Mexican Lasagna.”

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Mexican lasagna is typically made with tortillas, but I went a different route and stuck with using the lasagna noodles. I also kept the ricotta cheese. Basically, I took the original Italian lasagna and gave it a Mexican twist, and it is soooo good! I may or may not have had a helping (or two) for a late night snack last night. If you’re interested in making it (which you should), the recipe for Not Your Momma’s Mexican Lasagna is at the end of this post.

After I made the lasagna, it was time to clean out the pan. It was pretty messy, but I was excited to try out my new dish cloth, and I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised!

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There were a few really tough areas that I did have to scrub at a bit harder, but the Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth took care of it and certainly made it easier on my dishwasher! On top of that, I was able to wash out the same dish cloth and use it to clean off the counters and table.

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Now THAT is what I call a versatile dish cloth! When it can clean up the sticky, crusty messes my kids leave behind on the table, then I’m in love!

And now that I’ve created a rustic sink organizer, I even have a place to hang my new dish cloth! Get your tools ready; it’s time to start building!

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You’ll need:

  • 1 x 5 (4 or 6 foot, depending on what is available)
  • 1 x 6 (4 or 6 foot, depending on what is available)
  • wood glue
  • 10 – 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • saw
  • Kreg pocket hole jig
  • nail gun (or small tack nails that you can hammer in)
  • towel hook
  • sponge or soap holder

Using a miter saw (or even just a hand held standard saw), you’re first going to need to cut your wood into the following pieces:

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  • 2 – 1 x 5 x 10
  • 2 – 1 x 6 x 10
  • 1 – 1 x 5 x 8.5
  • 1 – 1 x 5 x 5
  • 1 – 1 x 5 x 2.5
  • 1 – 1 x 5 x 1.5

Next, you’re going to want to stain them. My favorite stain color is Dark Walnut. You can stain it whatever color you want; I just suggest staining the pieces before assembling because it is so much easier to do the staining before instead of after.

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Before putting the main body together, you’re going to want to attach the little shelf to the one side piece first. Grab one of the 1 x 5 x 10 pieces and the two small wood pieces.

Putting your kreg jig on the setting for 1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws, you will need to put two pocket holes on the bottom of the 1 x 5 x 2.5 piece. This piece will be your shelf.

*Don’t have a kreg jig? THIS is an awesome post that shows you how you can make pocket holes with simply a drill bit!*

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Using 1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws, attach the little shelf to the top half of your 10″ piece of wood.

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You want a stop edge on the end of your little shelf. So, put a thin line of wood glue on the end.

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Then, attach your 1 x 5 x 1.5 piece on its side. Press firmly and wait a few minutes. Once the glue has dried a bit, secure your piece by putting a couple nails into the wood with your nail gun (or you can tack nails in with a hammer).

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Then, grab your 1 x 5 x 8.5 piece. That one is going to be the very bottom. You will need to put 8 pocket holes along the sides of the wood. The picture below shows you where the holes should go.

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Now it’s time to start attaching the sides. You’re going to need to do your short sides first. Carefully attach both of those with four of the 1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws. I found it was easier to have the sides laying down on the surface and screwing down into them with the bottom standing up.

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Next, you’ll need to attach your long sides. Take your 1 x 6 x 10 pieces and make them flush with the rest of the wood. With the remaining four pocket hole screws, attach the long sides.

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You’re going to want to reinforce these sides with nails. I, of course, used my nail gun again.

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You’re almost finished. The final wood attachment step is putting in your partition piece. Find the center of your organizer and place the 1 x 5 x 5 piece down in there. You can use a bit of glue on the bottom of the piece to help secure it. Then, making sure that piece stays put, flip the whole thing over and place some nails through the bottom to keep your partition secure.

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Last, but not least, is the fun part. On the side with the little shelf, attach your sponge holder with two screws. On the other side, attach your towel hook, being sure to place it kind of high so that the dish cloth has room to hang.

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And now you have your very own rustic sink organizer, with everything in one place!

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Now you have a place for your very own Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth. You can find these in the cleaning section at Walmart. They come in different colors too! The current colors are tan, coral, and navy. I personally picked up tan and coral.

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They are seriously so cheap! I got mine for $4.98, and there is currently a $1 off offer when you check out. This is not a deal found on a coupon. It is an offer that is redeemable at checkout. So, go get yours now! You won’t regret it!

Now, if you were hanging on for the lasagna recipe, here it is! Enjoy!

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NOT YOUR MAMA’S MEXICAN LASAGNA

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2/3 cup water
  • taco seasoning
  • 7 oz diced green chiles
  • 28 oz enchilada sauce
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TB cilantro
  • 4 cups Mexican blend cheese
  • cilantro, sour cream, and/or salsa for garnish

Directions:

  1. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
  2. Cook the ground beef. When it is almost done, add the onions until they become soft.
  3. Add water and seasoning to taste. (This recipe is my favorite for taco seasoning. But, you can use the seasoning packets too.)
  4. Bring to a boil and then drop burner to low to simmer for 10 min.
  5. Once finished, mix in green chiles and enchilada sauce. Set aside.
  6. Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions.
  7. While noodles are cooking, mix together ricotta, cottage cheese, egg, and cilantro in a bowl.
  8. Once noodles are finished, spread 1/4 of the sauce mixture on the bottom of the pan.
  9. Place 4 lasagna noodles lengthwise on top of the sauce.
  10. Spread 1/2 of your cheese mixture on the noodles.
  11. Then spread another portion of the sauce mixture on top of the cheese mixture.
  12. Sprinkle a generous amount of Mexican cheese on top.
  13. Repeat steps 9-12.
  14. Place final 4 lasagna noodles, covering it with remaining sauce.
  15. Then sprinkle the remaining Mexican cheese on top.
  16. Bake at 375 degrees, covered with foil, for 25 min.
  17. Then bake uncovered for 25 min.
  18. Let sit for at least 10-15 min before serving.

You can find more awesome recipes and cleaning tutorials {here}.

What are some tough to get up messes that the ScotchBrite Scrubbing Dish Cloth could help you with?


Like this DIY project? Check out my other rustic DIY projects:

DIY PALLET AMERICAN FLAG

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DIY POT/PAN WALL HANGERS

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DIY PALLET MEDIA SHELF

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DIY PALLET WOOD KIDS’ ARTWORK DISPLAY

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  • Bailey

    That sink organizer is so cute! We ended up picking a suction cup sponge holder… we’ll see how long it lasts!

    • Thanks, friend! The suction cup ones never really lasted that long for us. Hopefully yours holds up better than ours ever did! 🙂

  • Bailey

    That sink organizer is so cute! We ended up picking a suction cup sponge holder… we’ll see how long it lasts!

  • Ooooo I never thought to do a Mexican lasagna, but that would be such a delicious mashup, yum! #client

    • It is so yummy! I intend to make it again very soon!