Monday, March 31, 2014

Pantry Reveal

Our pantry was out of control.


A good cleaning and organizing was long overdue.  So, I took out everything, sorted it, and tossed anything that was expired.  It felt really good to get into spring cleaning mode.


I realized halfway through that the clutter would inevitably return, items will get misplaced, and it'd need to get reorganized time and time again.  So, it was time to get creative!


We have wooden pull-out drawers in the pantry, which help tremendously while digging around for ingredients.  I decided to paint the front of these drawers with chalkboard paint, and then label them with what's located in each drawer.


To do so, I painted the front panels of each drawer with three coats of the chalkboard paint.  The consistency looks and feels like normal paint, but dries to a chalkboard texture once done.  


A lesson I've learned from previous projects -- it's best to let the paint dry and cure overnight before using chalk.


We have a ton of kitchen magnets and magnetic bag clips over our refrigerator, and I've always wanted to simplify things by removing them.  Since they're handy to have, though, I couldn't just get rid of them.  So, I decided to simply hide them, and make this pantry multi-functional. To do so, I measured the backs of the pantry doors and bought four sheets of metal flashing from the hardware aisle at Lowe's. They can cut these sheets down to size for you, too, if you wish.


Using an all-purpose interior adhesive and a caulk gun, I lined the backside of each metal piece with rows of adhesive.  Then, I pressed them firmly to the interior part of each cabinet door.  This adhesive doesn't dry very quickly, so I used clamps to ensure that the metal sheets didn't slip down in the meantime.


Ready for the reveal?


Here's the before...


And here's the after!




A few details:



These easy, inexpensive changes have really helped us keep our pantry more organized.  I also love that the magnets are off of the fridge!  Love simple ways to keep our busy lives a little less cluttered.  Do you have other great ideas of how to organize your pantry?  

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