Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Organizing on the Inside of the Cupboard
For two houses now (moving), I've always had two of my most favourite go-to recipes taped to the inside of my cupboard door. These recipes I barely have to refer to I've used them so often, but during a brain-fart (aka distracted moment), if I needed it, I knew I didn't have to haul out my cook books to find them - they were always right inside the door - scribbled in marker, not even titled, in very short point form - but always there.
On Pinterest, I recently came across some amazing organizing boards, and specifically one that uses a cork tile on the inside of the cupboard, to pin up measuring cups and spoons. This gave me a 'Ah-Ha' moment, and this is what I came up with:
For Cupboard #1 - Bathroom:
I started with a cork tile, some cute push pins and double sided tape, all from the Dollar store (Dollarama).
Hubby and I have been watching what we eat, and trying to reduce our refined carb intake. We both need to loose a few pounds. Hubby wanted to tack a piece of lined paper to the wall above the scale in the bathroom, so we could track our weight. Riiiight..... I liked the idea, but that would mean a few things:
1) Everyone entering our bathroom would see my weight - No Thank You!
2) There would be an ugly piece of lined paper on the wall of our bathroom - No Thank You!
3) Did I mention everyone entering the bathroom would see my weight? No Thank You!
So this is what I did:
On the inside of the bathroom cabinet, I attached a cork tile using the double sided tape. The cupboard was a little smaller than the tile, so I had to cut it down (scissors worked beautifully).
Now I was going to just use push pins to hang paper for us to write our *gulp* weight on, but the cork tile was too thin, and the pins didn't sink enough. instead, I used them decoratively across the top. I ended up printing off a really cute to-do list, cutting the top off, and using more of the double sided tape, taped it up. I then hauled out some scrapbooking paper pieces, and jazzed it up a bit. I made sure to leave a pen on the cupboard shelf inside, for easy record keeping.
For Cupboard #2 - Kitchen
I used the same idea as Cupboard #1, except I used the whole tile. I pulled out some scrapbooking bits to decorate, and decided to mod podge a whole sheet right over the tile, knowing I couldn't use push pins.
Using a paint brush, I applied a thin layer of podge onto the cork, placed the paper and let dry. I then applied a second coat of mod podge over the paper. I'm thinking kitchen right? So with cooking and what-not happening, I wanted something to protect the paper.
Now I guess with all that mod podge and some humidity, the cork curled. Time to bring out the big guns... Hot Glue!
Using a little hot glue, I placed a little blob in the corners, and pressed flat. It worked perfectly!
Using the glue gun, I then attached some suction cup hooks. Three across the top, and two more about half of the way down.
I found really cute customizable vintage recipe cards and a quick reference chart of measuring conversions (I like to double and triple batches when cooking). I laminated the recipe cards with clear adhesive mac-tac and I mod podged the conversion chart right onto the tile.
I originally decided to hang my easy-to-loose-in-the-drawer measuring spoons, but they jangled every time we swung open the cupboard, making me jump or duck, so they did come down. And yes, I realize now that it's crooked (although I didn't notice until writing this post - I actually just went to check... lol)
For Cupboard #3 - Kitchen
We have a 'Mail-In' basket, where when bills or what-not come, it gets opened, tossing the junk, and whatever needs attention is placed in a basket. This basket gets very cluttered, very quickly, and I will confess that sometimes a bill *ahem* gets paid late because out of sight, out of mind. This cupboard was a little something-something I whipped up on the spot.
Using the scrap of tile from the bathroom cupboard and double sided tape, I attached it to the inside of another kitchen cupboard. I painted 5 clothes pins hot glued them up, eye balling the spacing. I then decorated with scrapbooking bits.
Now our important paper bits have a new home, and they hang here until dealt with. Out of sight often enough, but never forgotten - especially if you're getting a drink at my house. Anyone who would like to pay my hydro bill that is hanging there is more than welcome to!
Inspiration: Infarrantly Creative