Shabby Chic Kitchen Cabinet Organization
Stacy from Not JUST A Housewife takes an unorganized kitchen cabinet and revamps it into a smart and clean cabinet for all the kitchen extras.
While most people have a junk drawer in their kitchen, Stacy had a junk cabinet instead. The major problem is keeping it organized.
First step in organizing is to clean it all out. She emptied the cabinet out and sorted the items into piles of KEEP, THROW AWAY, and NEEDS A NEW HOME. When she decided what needed to stay, she then figured out what container it needed. She already had a metal caddy that would be perfect for the office supplies and a basket she could put all the candles in but she needed something for loose change, receipts, note pads, and miscellaneous small things.
She took the door off the cabinet and then cleaned the cabinet out really well.
She was going to paint a border on the cabinet door so she sanded it with fine grit sandpaper (180 or 220 grit works well). Paint will stick better if the surface is not super smooth. Make sure and clean off any dust with a wet paper towel. She painted the border on the inside of the cabinet door to match the kitchen. She planned to add some chalkboard vinyl to the inside of the cabinet door. (She found this handy product at The Home Depot)
Then she measured the door and realized the vinyl would not be long enough to cover the entire center of the door. So she came up with a plan B. She painted a checkerboard pattern (to match her kitchen ceiling) on the bottom where the vinyl wouldn't cover. To do this, you will have to tape once and paint half the checkers, and then tape again when they have dried and paint the second set. For a more detailed tutorial you can see her checkerboard ceiling post.
When she went to The Home Depot she ended up getting empty quart paint cans and jar light replacement shades to help organize. She used some of the leftover vinyl to create labels for the jars and the paint cans. She also painted a cardboard box for notepads and added a label.
Having a specific place for everything will help her whole family from being tempted to stuff random junk in here. It will also make it easier to find what they need.
To see this bright idea in its entirety, check out Stacy's blog at Not Just A Housewife.