Here it is Before:
It's not the worst ever - you can find stuff in there - but it just looks like a mess. The main thing that was annoying about the closet were the wire shelves. They're just not made to hold small bottles without tipping them over. It was a constant battle!
I became aware of some products called "wire shelf liners" which is basically just a piece of plastic that goes over your shelves. Smart idea, but way too expensive for a piece of plastic! The one below is retailing for $18.00 for a 36" x 18" piece!
|Plastic Shelf Liner - Uline.com|
Then I got an idea...what if I used contact paper, but just didn't remove the backing? That's pretty sturdy stuff (plus much prettier than plan old plastic). I picked up a few pretty rolls from the Dollar Tree and here's the result:
OK, so all I did was measure the length of the shelf and cut the contact paper to the right size. (I left the contact paper on the backing!) I was lucky that the paper was just the right width with a little extra to spare. I folded the spare edge to cover the front part of the wire shelf and affixed it to the shelf with a couple of pieces of double-stick tape. That's it!
The closet was looking too pretty to display ugly cleaning products and toilet paper, so I found this box that was headed to the recycling and...
turned it into this with one more roll of contact paper...and look, no more tipping bottles on the shelves!
I also added a "spa" area on one of the shelves with a glass container for my nail polishes, a lotion bottle, some sugar scrub and some cotton balls.
All of those loose plastic shopping bags were corralled into the little white basket you see below.
Even the plunger got a more decorative "home" - Haha!
Isn't that much better? I'm happy to go into that closet now!
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Fake Wire Shelf Liner & Bonus Decorative Box (6 Rolls Contact Paper $6.00, Cardboard Box $0)
Total Fake-It Cost: $6.00
Compare to Uline Plastic Shelf Liner ($18.00 each!)
Total Fake-It Savings: $84.00
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