I love my house, but oh how I dislike the builder-grade wire shelving that came in every closet and in my kitchen pantry! It you have them, you know how annoying they are! Well, I decided I had had it, but I couldn’t afford new shelving. My solution? Cover them!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Box cutter or exacto knife
Measuring tape or ruler
Measure your shelves and, using an exacto knife or box cutter, cut cardboard to fit. Lay the cardboard on the shelves.
Next, roll out the contact paper on top of a shelf and cut the length you need. Then carefully peel about 6 inches or so of the contact paper from it’s backing, revealing the sticky side. Starting at one end of the shelf, position the contact paper, sticky-side down, over the cardboard. Be sure to leave enough in the front to fold down over the front of the wire shelving.
…(Of course, if you’d rather, you could just cover the cardboard and set it on the shelf instead of covering the entire shelf. But I wanted to hide all of the ugly wire and give the illusion of more substantial shelves.)…
Working in sections, smooth out the contact paper with your hand as you slowly pull more of the backing from the contact paper. Keep pulling and smoothing until you’ve reached the end of your piece of contact paper. (PS…check out my lime green nail polish! ha! It was for St Patrick’s Day.)
Now fold down the front part of the contact paper to cover the front section of the shelf. At this point, you’ll have to cut some slits in part of the paper to accommodate for the shelf supports and brackets.
Once you’ve cut your slits, you can wrap the contact paper down and around the front of the shelf, and around the brackets, smoothing it all as you do so. I also then folded in the contact paper on the inside edge of the brackets to give a little more of a finished look.
Then all that’s left is to fill your pantry and organize a bit. My favorite organizational tools are baskets and fabric bins. Other handy organizational items are nails or screws for hanging things like a dustpan and broom or apron. I also used thumb tacks to hang a grocery list, monthly meal plan, and a convenient pen on a string. I also hung up a metal file holder to keep my coupons organized. And those metal planter baskets are really versatile! I had one in the garage just sitting around, but now it’s holding onions and garlic. I plan to get one or two more to get some of my other produce off the counter tops. The last thing I did was put up an over-the-door pocket organizer to hold things like yeast packets, my hand mixer, skewers, etc. I let the lower row of pockets hold things for the kids like chalk for our chalkboard wall in the kitchen and bubbles.
Luckily, I had most of the supplies for this project already on hand, but the supplies are quite budget-friendly. I think that the most expensive part was probably the contact paper. The paper I used was about $20 for one roll, but it’s a huge roll! There are so many uses for contact paper, and I love the pattern I found, so for me it was money well-spent!
HAPPY SHELF BEAUTIFYING!!!