I know, I know, chevron is SO OVERUSED, OMG, but I’m slightly obsessed with it. It’s very clean and crisp (okay, and not too flowery so the Fireman can stand it too).
Long story short, remember this closet?
I talked about it when I reorganized it last April. It still pretty much looks the same, but I was having a lot of trouble with things falling through the wire shelving or not sitting right on them.
So when Jenn at Iheartorganizing posted about how she and her hubby had made inserts for their wire shelving, I was all, “duh, hello?” And then I waited around and finally got to it last week.
Verdict: amazeballs. Stuff isn’t falling through, and OMG those little lotion bottles are ACTUALLY ABLE TO STAND ON THEIR OWN. (I’ve talked about my spring fever craziness, right?)
You can’t see them great from this shot, but you should take my word for it: it’s awesome. We also ended up installing them in the office closet, which I was having tons of trouble with, and they’re even better in there.
The best part was how easy they were. First, I measured the shelves and got my supplies together: foam board, a level, X-Acto knife, and these babies:
I found them in the clearance section at TJMaxx, and they were actually the catalyst for the whole project. I wanted something to protect the board, but wrapping paper was too thin (and busy), and I didn’t want to buy fabric. These were my answer.
So, after I measured and mapped out how I would cut the boards, this happened:
Mostly because I’m a “measure once, cut three times,” kind of girl, and he’s a “measure three times, cut once,” kind of guy. And I like getting him to help me DIY (and take pictures, duh).
Using the level as a straight edge was the easiest thing to do when cutting.
Once they were cut, they fit perfectly on the shelf paper.
Plus it had this handy dandy grid on it, which helped when it came to cutting it.
Since it was sticky, all we did was peel, stick the bottom half, then finish peeling and sticking.
The backs were wrapped like presents,
and VOILA! As you can see, they are very bubbly, but the bubbles come out easily when you rub the tops with a straight edge (like a credit card).
Since most of the shelves had a center divider, we had to make 2 boards per shelf (because we couldn’t fit one big board in). The same technique was used,
Except I did the measuring and cutting this time. Which resulted in way more cuts than necessary, and lots more cursing.
And ta-dah! Total awesomeness.
See what I mean about stuff not falling? That little cup never actually sat on the shelving before. It’s the things like this that make me happy. Oh, and I finally switched out those totally ghetto labels I had for some I had left over from the office closet makeover.
Ah. Zen. I love when things like this work out.
And for a budget breakdown, it was about $23 total (since we did 9 shelves). Foam core is expensive, yo. We also ended up using about 3.5 rolls of the shelf paper, which is a lot since they were 10 ft long apiece. 35 feet. It’s a little ridiculous.
But I’ve got to say, I’m not sure why it took me so long to do it. It is so much easier now, and totally placated the screaming little OCD child inside of me.
Have you ever made shelf liners for your wire shelving?