It is staring you in the face. You may not realize it, but the door that you open and close every time you enter your pantry is an excellent area for added storage. If you have a small area for food storage, as I do, you will want to maximize every square inch.
When we moved into our house, I knew something had to be done about this very small and very blah pantry closet. Since we were doing so many other fixes and were low on funds, I used what I had to fix it up.
Inexpensive Project w/Big Rewards:
I had a bunch of shallow racks that I had picked up at second hand stores for about $1 each and a roll of garden type contact paper. Viola! Instant extra storage with a little bit of pretty pop. Happiness level elevated immensely.
First, Add the Contact Paper:
Unroll it to the length of the door and cut off the excess. Peel and stick, trying to avoid air bubbles. Find more tips in my post about contact paper-ing a shelf here. I left a bit of wood on the sides of the door and just centered the width of the contact paper. I covered from top to bottom and cut a hole for the door knob.
Next, I Measured for the Racks:
I basically just made sure that the bottom of each rack would clear the top of the shelf. And I made sure they were level (you can see my handy dandy yellow level in the pic. Check it out more awesomeness completed with this level in my How to Paint a Herringbone Pattern Post Here). Anyways…the little shelves fit perfectly between the shelving that was built into the closet. I know they also make long racks that hang over the door, but I liked using the individual sections here so that I could position them where I wanted. One of those may work better for you, but this worked great for me.
Here is a link for the large over the door kind:
This is like the ones I used:
Last, Attach the Shelves:
I had the hardware that went with these little shelves, so I measured and screwed the holes for these little clip things.
They are meant for wire shelves and the front part of them that you hammer in acts like a anchor, which is especially important for a hollow core door like this one. Then the wire rack clips into it.
Here it is in progress.
And the final result! I love it. The shallow racks are great for all of the smaller items that would normally find their way to the abyss that is the back of the closet. I put a lot of small baking goods and spices on these racks and it works so great. This project cost me next to nothing, but has been completely invaluable.
I’ve also finished painting the trim and upgrading my husband’s antlers. So things are looking better overall… 🙂
Thanks for Reading & God Bless,
Stephaney - Me Flying Free
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