We didn't care about the dishwasher not working but I did care about the space it was taking up. And, being cheapskates we didn't want to spend money having a cabinet built in its place.
For years it served pretty well as a holder of extra bowls and other large or awkward kitchen things but I longed for it to have a more productive purpose. And one day, I came up with. . .
|The Dishwasher Pantry!|
My dishwasher pantry is nothing fancy but, it is wonderfully functional!!!
I removed the "guts" of the machine -- the sprayers, etc, The water source had long ago been shut off so it couldn't inadvertently get turned on.
On the lower rack I bent and/or cut off the plate-holding uprights that were in the way of where I wanted to place my containers. You can see from the photo that the shelf holds quite a few containers. The two in front hold flour and sugar (about 10 pounds of each). Smaller ones hold biscuit and cake master mixes I make up in bulk, whole wheat flour, dry milk and others I use on a regular basis.
I left all the uprights right where they were on the upper rack and filled those spaces in with spices, flavorings, baking soda and powder, and such. I wrote the spice names on the top of the lids so they are easily located.
My mixer and blender sit on the counter directly over the dishwasher --- making this its own compact and complete baking center.
We find there is great satisfaction and fun in "re-purpose-ing." Hopefully the ideas I present help you come up with ways to make do with, or make better use of, what you already have.
Have a good day.
I am Simply, Gail