I have a love hate relationship with white wire shelving. It’s affordable, readily available, adjustable and pretty nice looking. I should probably just resort to loving it because it’s in every one of our closets. But it can be so difficult to use. Crumbs fall, spills are messy, it’s difficult to clean and many items won’t stand straight on top of them.

Thank goodness the fix is super simple and affordable!

Foam board was my preferred solution since it was thick enough to hold everything and pretty easy to work with. But it created it’s own problems. Spills aren’t easy to wipe up. Plus the white color is a little boring. I wanted some color! Here’s my solution:

Supplies

Instructions 

Measure your shelves width and depth in the area where the foam shelf board will go.


Next cut the foam board just a tiny bit shorter than your shelf measurements. My shelf measured at 25′ w x 12′ d so I cut the foam board to 24′ w x 11 1/2′ d. Its much easier to make your foam boards a little too small as opposed to a little too big, especially after the next step of covering with wrapping paper or contact paper.

I then cut my contact paper / wrapping the same width as the foam board and one inch longer in depth than the foam board. This is so I could wrap the wrapping paper over the front side edges of the foam board.

If you’re using contact paper, simply place your contact paper onto the foam board (if you struggle with contact paper, take a look at my tutorial). For those using wrapping paper, follow these instructions:

Spray the adhesive spray over the foam board and place your wrapping paper on top. Starting in the middle, smooth the wrapping paper onto the board. I grabbed a long book to help smooth it down (a ruler would have been an easier choice, but I couldn’t find one).

Then spray about an inch in length on the opposite side of the foam bard so that you can wrap that extra 1 inch of wrapping paper around it. Remember that when using the adhesive spray make sure you’re in a well ventilated area.

Now place your foam board shelf cover onto your wire shelf and stock up with all your items.  You can LOVE wire shelving again!

(It was because of these binders that I was inspired to make the foam board shelves. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to store binders on wire shelving without the foam boards!)

 


 

 

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When we moved in to our new townhouse two years ago, I was on the mission to make this the worlds most organized & efficient moving process. There were post-it notes on the kitchen cabinets labeling what’s inside. Floor plans were drawn to scale on my computer to ensure all our furniture fit perfectly. And I even printed out custom labels for all our boxes denoting not only which room the box should go, but which floor.

Yet we never took time to organize our master  bathroom so it stayed a DISASTER for the last two years. I’m not sure if it was the fact that the master bath isn’t the most exciting place to organize. Or maybe it was that I couldn’t organize rouge without setting aside time for Joe and I to figure out how WE wanted the master bathroom laid out. Now that summer is ending and school is starting back up, it seemed like the perfect time to start tackling these organizational challenges that we’ve been putting off for … well.. two years.

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How we organized our master bathroom:

The very first thing we did was pull out EVERYTHING under our sink from the cabinets and drawers. Yes, this mess below was all pulled out and spread across our bedroom floor. I then washed off each of the items. Some were dusty and others were just plain disgusting. Question: why do mouthwash containers get so dirty? Odd right?

I wiped down all the cabinets of crumbs and spills. I decided that we needed a pop of color in our bathroom, so I used colorful drawer liners. These are actually are really easy DIY project that only takes 5 minutes to complete! Find some fun wrapping paper (I scored these at Target) and add contact paper and you’ve got a custom drawer liner! Check out our full DIY drawer liner tutorial.

I had originally used a thick clear drawer liner in the cabinets before we started this project so I figured I’d continue. Simply placing the original clear liners on top of my new ones make it a little more durable.

Now back to our pile of STUFF ….We also double checked that all these items were still being used. Was there anything that we were just throwing in our cabinets that we really didn’t use? Almost empty containers that we could combine? For some reason we had 4 … yes FOUR half used bottles of mouthwash. If that didn’t justify this organizing project, I don’t know what would!

Then we separated our items in to 4 categories:

  • Products we both use (toothpaste, mouthwash)
  • My products
  • Joe’s products
  • Necessities (toilet paper, towels, waste basket)

Next we evaluated our ‘real-estate’. Are there better drawers than others? Are there areas that only certain supplies will fit? Focus on those spots first and come to an agreement of what will go where. We have two sinks in our bathroom and storage under both of them, so we had to decide how to distribute the space.

Under Joe’s sink went the towels and taller containers.

Under my sink went the toilet paper and waste bin.

I found this adorable gray wire storage bin at Target that was perfect for our toilet paper. It even fit the Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls) that we put inside. If you haven’t heard of mega rolls you’re totally missing out. Each toilet paper roll has 4x more sheets that a regular roll and just as comfortable. THAT means you can change the toilet paper roll 4x less often. Score!

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The next area we tackled were the taller products that would go under Joe’s sink. These fun clear containers were a perfect size for under the sink. They also were wide enough to fit large lotion bottles, mouthwash and hair spray. Another Target find! We used three of them, one for joint items, one for Joe’s items and one for mine. I really liked the look of having specific LABELED containers to put these taller toiletries in.

Under my sink went a couple of these teal bathroom baskets. These are a quick way to store pouches full of beauty supplies. I store makeup in one, nail polish in another. I’m a HUGE fan of pouches, even in my purse!

Now we’re on to tackle the drawers. Our bathroom has three drawers in between the two sinks. I conceded and gave Joe the top drawer. Everyone always wants the top drawer, right? We’re a heavy cotton ball & q-tip using family, so these wide glass containers were large enough to store a good supply in. All I needed to do was put a label on the top, so we’d know which is which. Fortunately, I’ve never seen a product that I couldn’t label.

We used lightly tinted teal acrylic containers for the three drawers. I loved that there was a hint of color to them that matched the wrapping paper. I grabbed various sizes from Target to accommodate longer items (such as toothpaste) and smaller ones (such as toothbrush attachments). You definitely want a variety of sizes for drawer organization.

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Finally, UNDER our sink is as organized as above!

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but I can never seem to find a drawer liner that I love. Although there’s always a time and place for clear or cream, I’m looking for something bright and colorful. I mean how fun to have a little something different in your drawers?? It’s also a neat way to add color without going crazy in the entire room. Whether it’s dresser drawers, bathroom cabinets or a nightstand, it’s always fun to open it up and see a bright colorful pattern.

I’ve heard about people using wrapping paper as liners, which definitely solves the problem of finding a fun pattern. But it just seems too temporary. One wrong move and the wrapping paper will rip or get wet. So adding a clear contact paper on top SEEMED like the perfect solution…..

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Except for one problem. If any of you have tried to use Contact Paper in the past, you know it can be trickier than it looks. I swear it must be an art to be able to place contact paper ANYWHERE without creating air bubbles. Well after many failed attempts, I found a system that’s working for me that’s easy and QUICK!

Supplies

  • Ruler
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissor & ruler OR Paper cutting tools (this is actually for sewing, but I use it for EVERYTHING. It’s actually one of my favorite supplies I’ve purchased lately)
  • Pencil
  • Clear Contact Paper

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Instructions 

First things first: you need to measure your space, both width and depth. Be exact … no rounding!

The next step is to make small marks on your wrapping paper with your pencil denoting the width and depth of your drawer. I like to make these marks on the back side of the wrapping paper. Although you can erase the lines after cutting, sometimes the wrapping paper can smear when erasing.

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Using either a ruler/scissor or cutting tools, cut out your wrapping paper. The cutting tools I use is Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set. Although it’s technically used for sewing, I’ve definitely used it on my non sewing DIY projects. It’s a 3 piece set which includes everything you need to measure and cut perfect lines. It’s been a lifesaver for me because I’m not very good with a scissor 🙂 .

Try to follow the markings you made the best you can. I always error on the side of caution and cut my wrapping paper a tiny pit larger than my measurements. I know I can always trim if it’s too big. But if I over cut making the paper too small I’ll have to start over.

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Test out your wrapping paper by placing it in your drawer to ensure you measured & cut correctly. If it’s too big, just do a little trimming.

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Now cut a piece of contact paper slightly bigger than your wrapping paper. I like to have my contact paper about 1 inch larger on each side.

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I turned the wrapping paper vertical and will work the contact paper from top to bottom. Contact paper can definitely be tricky and frustrating to use. Sometimes air pockets arise or the contact paper crinkles. Ugh. Once reason why I like to work from the vertical, is it allows me to work smaller sections at a time which typically result in less errors.

Pull the contact paper and white paper backing apart until you separate about 1 inch worth of paper. Then make a strong fold with the white backing.

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Now line up the contact paper on top of the wrapping paper (allowing for one extra inch above the wrapping paper) and press down with your fingers, smoothing it out and removing any air bubbles.

Now the good news … if you made it successfully to this point, it’s smooth sailing from here (no pun intended 🙂 ).

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Pull the white backing down another inch and smooth out the contact paper on the wrapping paper.

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Continue until the you make it all the way down. Remember, steady eddy wins the race. As well as the turtle. Take your time with contact paper and don’t rush it. It’s MUCH easier to prevent the air bubbles and crinkles than to fix them.

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Take your cutting supplies and cut the excess contact paper off the ends. You should have about an inch extra on each side.

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Now place your DIY drawer liners in your drawers and marvel at how much more festive your drawers are!

I just place my drawer liners in the drawers with no additional adhesive. I change my decorating preference too often so I like things that are removable. Yes, I guess that now includes my drawer liners. If you want yours more secure add some Scotch tape or scrapbooking tape to secure them in the drawer.

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Your drawers will be so pretty that you’ll never want to mess them up!

 

 

 

 

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