Thursday, January 17, 2013

DIY Wire Shelf Liner

It was time.  Time to organize the Bathroom Closet.

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 -

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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  1. That's awesome! I would probably come up with some cardboard off of a cereal box or something, or maybe even that clear plastic stuff in the fabric section, but this is a great idea! It looks wonderful!

  2. Wow! I really like that. I am going to do that. Ihate the wire shelves in my bathroom closet.

  3. I dont have wire shelves.. but I do need to organize the shelves a little better.. there a mess.. your closet gave me a good idea.. thanks it looks fantastic..

  4. I hear ya about bottles tipping over. They do that to me in many storage baskets so have to find just the right ones. This method of covering the wire shelves is so clever. Thanks for sharing, Heather.

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  6. That looks awesome and what a great idea! I have always avoided wire shelving because stuff never stays upright, but that is such a pretty solution. I love the contact paper patter!

  7. VERY nice! I love your frugal and practical ideas...sooooo much!

  8. P.S. I have a black and white '31' bag like yours standing in the back! Love it!

  9. Very cute and practical. There is no shortage of ideas once you get going! I had a similar project recently.I used a little bar to hang all my green
    spray bottles from. No more tipping there either.

  10. Oh that is lovely! Gives me ideas for my closet...And I already have the shelf paper!

  11. Fantastic idea. I've got two linen closets to get to work on. Do you think the contact paper would be strong enough to hold up in a pantry?

    1. Hi Donna,

      It's funny you mention the pantry because I've been experimenting with regular contact paper and that thicker rubbery shelf liner. I think the shelf liner works better. It's not quite as cheap as contact paper, but it holds up.

  12. A very pretty solution! Thank you for sharing :)

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