Stairwell Storage Shelves

I am still rearranging my shelving situation in my kitchen after taking down some upper cabinets and making a narrow pallet pantry.  I have decided to use the stairwell right off the kitchen that goes down to our unfinished basement. This is behind my chalkboard door.

I painted the dark paneled walls and ceiling in white making it much brighter. I did not get a good before picture so please bear with the one picture I found that shows a little bit of the stairwell!


As you can see – it was very dark!

Originally we added a single shelf 9” wide so that we could move the gun cabinet out of our bedroom closet (my husband is an avid hunter!) and set it just inside the door to the left. Then I decided that there would be a lot of storage if I added 1×6 shelves surrounding the gun cabinet. Then I painted it all white.

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I didn’t really have a plan as far as distance between shelves. I used a couple of different sized cans to determine maximum and minimum distances.

And here is what it holds now!

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This is the top 3 shelves. The shelf above the cabinet only has one bracket and it rests on top of the cabinet otherwise, every shelf has 2 brackets holding it.

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Bottom shelves. The black garbage bag is holding my 24” wide jumbo roll of plastic wrap that I use to wrap large cakes. I can even store my 6 quart crockpot on the lower shelf.

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Here is the view looking up the stairs.

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I even have room on the bottom shelf for more! The other shelves have breathing room and I can see at a glance what I have and what I am low on! If I really get organized, I hope to label the shelves somehow so everything will have it’s place.

This is going to be really handy and it makes me happy every time I open the door!

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You may be wondering what I am storing in my mini pallet pantry – I’ll have more on that later!

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Craft Room Organization Part 3

Well, I have made a little more progress on the sewing/craft room. This is a medium-sized laminate cupboard. This summer I hope to paint it white.

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I thought I would break it down, shelf-by-shelf before I show the final “after”! I know you are dying to see it, but, patience, my dears!!!! Anyway, this took me some time – so I can’t make it as easy as here’s the before and here’s the after, can I ?!?!?!?!?

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In the first “before” pictures you can see the bottom of the tan/white print shelf-deal sitting on top of the cupboard. Here is a close-up (sorry really grainy) picture of the whole deal.


It is made completely out of cardboard. I have had it for years, and I’m not sure why I spent good money on it, but let’s chalk that up to immaturity! I shouldn’t really complain, it has lasted the last 10 years also! I ended up using the drawers for storage in the cupboard on the opposite side of the room.  See my Craft Room Organization part 1.  Well, I used the shelf part of the cardboard storage deal to organize my gift bags and tissue paper.

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I laid the cardboard “shelving” on it side and I sorted the bags by size. I also added an insert so I could stack 2 rows of tissue paper, sorted by color (as seen in the left hand cubby). I even had a couple HUGE bags that I stored on top of it.

I feel I must explain why I have so many gift bags and so much tissue paper! My mother-in-law works for a card company so when they switch out things seasonally, she gets to take a bunch of stuff home! I don’t think I will ever have to buy wrapping paper, cards, gift bags or tissue paper again – not a bad thing!

Now that it is more organized, I’ll even be able to find the right size when I need one without them falling all over the place!

On to the next shelf…

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Let’s see – what do we have here??? Looks like paper ribbons (another gift from my mother-in-law) some shelf liner, a Menards bag with what looks like free school supplies. We usually participate in the Samaritan’s purse shoe boxes, so I pick up any school supplies when they are cheapest or free with a  rebate! I’m really not sure what is in the red/black bag. I used to use that for yarn storage – waaaayyyyy before I accumulated what I have now! To see how I am storing yarn see my Craft Room Organization Part II. I even see a large rubber mallet (used for cake decorating!!!!) I think I had an old light fixture and it looks like some plastic cups assembled for a cupcake bouquet! Definitely a mixed bag of what-not!

Anyway – here is what I have stored in there now…

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The drawers are where I am accumulating certain sized strips. Whenever I have just a small amount of material left, I cut it down to whatever size fits and throw it in the drawers. Someday, I should be able to make a nice scrappy quilt! Or I can just craft with it!!!

I am storing the ribbon in a refrigerator cheese container deal. It is easy to pull out and throw back in the cupboard! I found that this works better than having a static curtain rod (like before) where you have to know how much you need and cut it off before getting to your project or you have to slide half of them off to get to the one you want and – for me, that just made it way too easy to leave it sit out until I was finished with the ribbon. And of course, you know, I never get interrupted while working on things!!!! I am using an old vase to toss my duct and double-sided carpet tape on.

On to the 2nd shelf… (please don’t ask me why I started on the 3rd shelf?!?!?! I’m not changing it now though!) BEFORE…


The bag on the left had lots of shelf liner. Gift bags work good for storing things besides gifts!!! Shelf liner is right up there with duct tape in it’s usefulness, so I keep lots of it on hand! It works great when you are transporting cakes! You can see my attempt at corralling the contact paper and cake foil. I had 2 shelf brackets stuck to the cupboard with that sticky yellow wall stuff (sorry, don’t know the official name for it) This worked okay – kept the rolls from rolling off the shelf, but it was difficult to find which color you wanted. So I came up with a different solution…

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It isn’t real pretty, but it was free and it works! I made a cardboard “riser” with a front edge to hold the contact paper on top, and the shelf liner below. I added one of the chalkboard labels that I made for other organization projects including my cupcake liner box. You don’t see any cake foil, because that found a home in a dresser that is in my craft room. I’ll show you that in an upcoming post!

The other side of the shelf has an old paper box – I could cover it to make it look neater but, right now I’m going for organization not prettiness. It is also behind closed doors, so it isn’t seen normally! This box contains all the extra school supplies and small gifts that I pick up throughout the year. This makes it easy to participate in the Samaritan’s purse shoe box program and also makes birthday party gifts quick and easy!

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Well, let’s take a look at what we have here!!! Diapers (haven’t needed them for 4 years), nursing pads (not used in the last 5 years!), I’m not even sure what is in the plastic bags. I’m pretty sure most of this was donated or given to my sisters who have babies!!!

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The small box on the left contains different wires (used for caking and also crafting!) I have all my knit material stored in the clear zippered plastic case that came from a blanket we bought. I do leave it unzipped partially, just to let the material breathe. And, my paper cutter is no longer setting on top of the cupboard, but has found a new home, hidden inside the cupboard! And do you see that prime piece of real estate in the right hand corner. Empty space! Wow – I’m sure I’ll be able to find something a home there, but for now, I’ll give the cupboard a break and leave it empty!

So – this is what you have been tirelessly waiting for – the final result!!!!!!

( I had to show the BEFORE, just once more so you can truly see the difference!)


and – the AFTER!

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Okay – so, that was being a little overly dramatic!!! It is definitely an improvement and I look forward to finding things now – because my chances of getting what I came to get out of here is much better!

I would love to paint this cupboard white inside and out and add crown molding and some trim. I’ll have to add this to my list of things to do!

(Can you tell, I have been working on my camera skills – the after pictures are much better than the before?!?!?!?)

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Burlap for a Boy

I really don’t have time to blog today, but when I saw that Funky Junk was having burlap as her feature on SNS, I couldn’t resist.

So – forgive me if there are any typos or something doesn’t make sense!!!

I like burlap – the texture and color – maybe not so much the smell! My oldest son has an outdoorsy theme in his bedroom. As he gets older we have gone more into the hunting type arena. His dad is a hunter and we have great open land to spend outdoors. And he is definitely an outdoor kid!

I made my own curtain rod and brackets out of branches and sticks. I cut the branch in half for the bracket and screwed it directly into the wall. The curtains were made to look like tree tops and I added leaves on the twine ties.

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The shades I originally had were a dark brown. (to look like a tree trunk) We had problems with the windows having condensation on them in the winter so they were stained beyond use. So I replaced them with simple burlap shades. Not quite a tree trunk looking, but it works!

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To open them, I added some large buttons and put a twine tie at the bottom of the shade.

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Then, I came across some camouflage burlap and added that for his closet curtains. I just hemmed it on all sides and pushed the metal curtain hangers through the burlap every so often.

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It is somewhat sheer, but definitely does the job of hiding the mess that usually is his closet!

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You can see that there is grass painted along the bottom of the trim. That was also one of the original things I did to the room years ago.

I also added some storage in his room using burlap. These are just plain cardboard boxes covered with burlap – camo and plain. I added the same chalkboard tags I put on my other, burlap covered boxes.

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Another “burlap-type” project included the cork board makeover I did a few months back.

As you can tell – I’m a big fan of burlap! Thanks for looking.

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