No More Wire Shelves!

When we moved into our house our builder was kind enough to install special dust free shelves in our pantry! Turns out they are dust free because NOTHING stands up straight on them, not even dust.

So finally, almost 8 years later, I sweetly turned to my husband and said “Honey, how about we put something on top of these shelves like a thin piece of plastic, or wood?” Well, as if by magic, less than 36 hours later, viola’! New shelves! It would have been done much faster, but for some reason, my normally very rational husband seemed to think I would be happy to have just a fraction of the wire shelves covered with wood. (Something is better than nothing, right? Um, no. Not this time, dear.)

The project cost us less than $27 dollars. (And two trips to Lowes.)  My pantry is now so much easier to deal with and because you don’t have bottles and boxes tipping over into each other, you actually end up with a lot more space!

We used a thin wood with a white coating on one side. We had the store cut the wood down into manageable lengths and then Curtis cut the lengths to exact size. We just laid them on top of the existing wire shelves and that’s it! A smooth, solid surface that’s easy to wipe down and prevents bottle crashing disasters.

This is also a great time to play everyone’s favorite game, “What’s the oldest item in the pantry?!?” Our winning item was a bag of Starbucks coffee that expired in 2006. (Hey, it was decaf alright, it’s real coffee’s silent twin.)

What quick and cheap home improvement projects have you done that have had a big impact on your home?




Tara is a stay at home mom to two sons. She is a lover of family, friends, food and laughter. Her life is a roller coaster ride full of hilarity, diapers, exercise and fun.

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6 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    I’m laughing because there is no such thing as a “small” project in our home. We call it the “Give a moose a muffin” syndrome. I’m still dealing with unfinished floor and wall after the wood stove install back in January!!! ugh!

  2. Kristy says:

    Hmmm…quick and cheap?? Well, a lightbulb blew over the vanity mirror in our basement bathroom. Turns out that it was easier to rip out the tub, toilet, and vanity (along with the light bar) and replace everything than it was to replace the lightbulb 🙂

    • Tara says:

      Ahhhh, now that’s my kind of project, honey, we don’t need to repair the leaking faucet if we just get a whole new kitchen…..

  3. Natalie says:

    Thank You!!! I’ve been saying the same thing for years. My dad is coming to visit next week and asked what “projects” I had for him. I’ll let him read this and send him to Lowes 🙂

    • Tara says:

      Natalie, I have a small extra piece of the wood that we used. If you would like, you are welcome to give it to your dad to bring to Lowes. Swing by and you can see how it worked out on the shelves. 🙂 Glad the idea helped!

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