Last week was Sherwin-Williams' National Painting Week.
While I didn't get a chance to make it to Sherwin-Williams, by Friday I had the burning desire to paint something. There is absolutely nothing like paint to completely transform a space with a few strokes of a brush and very little investment.
Since the rain completely screwed up my original plan for Friday afternoon gardening (more on that later this week), I decided to tackle an indoor project instead. A quick visit to Lowe's and a stop by the "oops" paint shelf (It's the place where they stash all of the returned paints and sell them for a fraction of the original cost) yielded a quart of super fun aqua paint for $5.00. Jackpot!
Now, here comes the scary part. To say that my pantry is a mess is a gross understatement. It looks like the grocery store exploded, like it was hit by a category 5 hurricane. Seriously. I can't believe I'm even showing you before pictures.
Told you it was bad. Anyway, after removing the contents and throwing away all of the expired inventory, I really wasn't left with all that much.
I had been thinking about painting the pantry for a while. I figured maybe if it were "pretty" I would be more likely to keep it organized. True or not, it was worth a try.
After taking out the wire shelves, I realized that the brackets weren't nearly as easy to remove. I decided that it would be much easier to just tape them off and paint around them.
Since this was really an organizing project, I decided to call in reinforcement. My friend Jennifer, of Pure and Simple Organizing made a number of recommendations. First, she said that those wire shelves were a nightmare. She suggested that I line them with cardboard. Now, because she's function and I'm fancy, I took that suggestion and crafted a similar (more fancy) option with blank canvas, leftover drapery fabric and spray adhesive.
Simple enough. I actually only made two liners since I knew I'd be storing more boxes than bottles on the top two shelves.
Jennifer also recommended that I NOT buy any organizational products (i.e. bins, containers, etc), until I had finished the project. This would allow me accurately assess what I really need. At her advice, I didn't go out to purchase anything until I knew what I needed.
A late night run to Goodwill yielded three baskets that were prefect for storing loose items, at only $5.00 for all three!
I love the result. It makes me happy every time I open the door. I also love that while the color scheme is bright and fun. It still ties in with my kitchen décor.
And there you have it. A quick (four hours), cost effective ($10 plus tax) and easy way to update
your pantry or storage space.
P.S. Jennifer also recommended that I relocate my brooms/mop. They were making a bad situation worse. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks Jennifer!!!