The pantry sees a lot of action. It opens and closes all day for snacks, meals, and in our case the cat, too. Our two-year-old’s fascination with kitty food doesn’t tire, so it needs to be able to be concealed. The door ends up being open a lot of the time, and I got tired of looking at our mess.
My first solution was to put in baskets (from the dollar store) with labels (leftover from this project) about a year ago and we’re still using the same system. The organization they provide is great, but they do get caught on the wire shelves and sit awkwardly.
The wire shelves themselves are, well, ugly. I’d love to get rid of them altogether, but that’s not an option at the moment. I figured I’d just have to live with them, but saw a blog on iHeart Organizing (which I completely heart!) on pantry reorganization that inspired me. She brilliantly covered foam board with shelf liner and put it on top of the shelves. Yes! I can do this. No saws, no nails, no asking my husband to partake for 100th time. And I thought I could add a piece underneath to cover the side of the ugly wire, too.
I ordered shelf liner for $12 off Amazon — they have a bunch off fun prints to choose from — and bought 5 foam boards at the dollar store. That’s it, $17. Here’s how it went down:
1. Measure your shelves. Then cut your foam board to fit the top and side of the shelves with a utility knife.
2. Cut your shelf liner with plenty of space to wrap around the sides.
3. Peel the back off the shelf liner just a few inches and stick it to the foam board. Unroll the peel-away sheet slowly as you press down. Try to smooth out any bubbles along the way.
4. After you’ve wrapped the two pieces in shelf liner, use some duct tape (fancy, I know) to put the two together. Hint: Leave just about 1/4″ lip for the top part to hang over. Just looks a little nicer.
It’s a pretty big difference for little time and money invested.
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