Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lining 'em up

The previous owners of our house had lined all of the shelves in the house - the pantry, cabinets, drawers, and even the linen closet.  As soon as we moved, I replaced the kitchen cabinets and drawers with some plain white liner.  I didn't get around to the pantry until now.  I was tired of the "kettle-themed" paper and wanted something a little more upbeat.

I searched the internet for some patterns and I found this one:

So off to Target I went, purchased two rolls, and came back home to start my little project.  First, I took everything out of the pantry and wiped it down with some cleaner.  I made sure that any little crumbs were gone and that the shelves were clean.  It looks like there was some previous water damage- maybe that's why they were lined, but it seems to be just water spots and no deterioration of the actual shelf, so I let it go.

There were directions on the rolls tho help make putting on the liner easier.  I used those as a guide and went to work.  First, I measured the length and width of a shelf.  They are all the same, so I only needed to measure once.  Then I measured out the liner and cut five pieces, one for each shelf.  I had to cut a 3 inch by 1/2 inch section off two of the bottom corners of the liner to overlap the part of the shelf that holds it up.

Then I cut half of the paper backing, rolled/folded the liner in half, and placed on the shelf.  I slowly rolled it, pulling off the rest of the back as I moved the roll.  I was careful not to leave any bubbles in the liner.  However, the directions said you could pierce it with a pin if you got some air bubbles. 

I continued this procedure until all five shelves were complete.  The new look is fabulous !!

On a side note, I grabbed some bins from Target while I was there and reorganized the pantry a bit:

Cute, huh? It's amazing what shelf liner and some baskets can do to a pantry.

What does your pantry look like? Organized with bins? Containers? Wire shelves? 

Now you can Do It Yourself Too!


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