Friday, January 18, 2019

Do-it-yourself pull out shelf for appliances in pantry

About a year ago I organized our new pantry for the first time. For months we had let it go and were just throwing stuff on shelves, so it was nice to get it organized. We're SO lucky to have such a large pantry in this house!! Be sure to check out the link to see the tips I shared for organizing items. 

One of my favorite spots is this shelf that we use for a few of the appliances we use more often. I had an outlet installed in the pantry so we could keep things in here instead of on the kitchen counters: 
Great tips for organizing items in the pantry

See the outlet under the mug rack? When I specified where I wanted the outlet, I didn't think to ask how the pantry shelves were going to be installed. Duh! It has still worked out just fine. 

I think I mentioned when I shared the pantry that I wanted to add a little something to that shelf to make it even more functional. It took me nearly a year but I finally did it! :) 

I grabbed a piece of melamine from Home Depot (for $8), and then some drawer slides ($13) as well: 
Easy DIY pull out shelf for pantry

This project is very similar to a DIY pull out drawer I did in our old house. It's the same concept! 

The melamine shelf was too long for the project, so I cut it down to the size I needed: 
Saw with laser guide line

It's been awhile since I've used the saw -- I missed using it! 

You can take the slides apart to install this, but I found it easier to keep them intact for installation. I started by marking the same distance from either side of the shelf so I could keep them as straight as possible: 
Installing a DIY pull out shelf in pantry

This is important because I was using two of them -- they needed to be lined up perfectly straight so the shelf could easily be pushed back.

I extended the slides out as far as possible, then lined them up on my marks, then marked where I needed to pre-drill: 
How to make your own pull out shelf in cabinet

You'll want to use a drill bit to start your hole for the screw -- otherwise the wood could buckle or crack. It also makes it much easier to get your screw in:
Using drawer slides for pull out shelf

I made sure the slides were all the way extended and laid the cut melamine on top. I sat underneath it and did the same steps again -- marking where to pre-drill and then attaching the slide to the underside of the shelf. 

Make sure as you go you test your shelf -- just to make sure things are still straight. I put one screw in one slide and tested, then one more, tested, etc. Just to ensure a smooth operation. 

I added a cabinet knob to the front that we can use to pull it out and close:
How to install a DIY pull out shelf in pantry

It works like a dream!! So awesome. Now we can easily pull it out and use the appliances without having to work in the small space. 

It's so nice to be able to access the top of the Keurig without awkwardly pulling it out while we're using it: 
DIY pull out shelf for appliances in pantry

Ideally the outlet would be behind there, maybe one day we'll move it. Until then it works great! 

I am so pleased with this quick project. Just a little thing that makes our lives a bit easier. :) 
DIY pull out shelf in pantry

Those pull out drawers you buy at the store are CRAZY expensive, so this is a great option to do it for much cheaper! You could attach baskets to the shelf as well if you want to use it for food or paper items!  

Have a great weekend my friends! We're supposed to get snowed in again. We're stocked up on groceries and ready! Are you supposed to get the snow too? 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Perfect storage solution for bulky bedding

Hey there! I'm getting ready to tackle some DIY projects, but first I wanted to finish up a little more decrapifying and a couple organizational projects. I shared this quick tip on my Instagram stories a week or so ago, and I got so many questions I thought it deserved it's own post!

I use a lot of "soft" stuff when decorating for fall and Christmas. Lots of blankets and pillows -- and goodNESS they take up a lot of space!! We have a lot of storage space in this house, but I still want to be smart about it. I really hate to buy big storage bins for stuff like that because of the cost and they just take up so much room. 

So last year I decided to try these (affiliate) Ziploc vacuum bags
Ziploc vacuum space bags

I remember trying them a LONG time ago, probably soon after they were first created. They didn't work well then, so I hesitated to buy again. I read a bunch of reviews online and they were either glowing -- they worked great and people loved them! Or they didn't work at all. I decided to give them a try and figured I could return if they didn't work. 

I was SO pleasantly surprised last year! I used a few to store holiday stuff and they stayed just as I left them for a full year. Awesome!!

I'll share a few tips at the end of the post, but just in case you haven't seen these I took some pics of the process. I use the jumbo bags for my items because they are so large. They also sell smaller sizes that would work well for sheets or seasonal clothing:
Review of vacuum space bags for bedding

You seal the end up and then you can start sucking the air -- which is extremely satisfying to watch: