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More Joy of Moving... 
Aug. 28, 2012 5:49 am 
Updated: Sep. 12, 2012 2:15 am
When we moved into our new home in June, we were thrilled with the size of our pantry (over 6' long).  However, when we started putting our food stuffs on the wire shelving, we were less than thrilled.  The small jars (jams and jellies) and the bottles (sauces and olives) tipped and wobbled.  All I could see was glass containers toppling over and smashing on the hardwood floor...and then cleaning up the mess! 

We knew that the shelves needed to be replaced and we thought about tearing out the existing wire racks and putting in wooden shelves.  That would involve lots of work and LOTS of mess.  Then my sister-in-law (smart woman that she is) said, " why not just get a sheet of Lucite, have the home store cut it and use that. " What a grand idea.

However, when we got to the home store, we found out that they don't cut Lucite...rats!  Then they suggested a thin plywood (5mm thick) that they would cut.  That was a good alternative, but would will still require painting.  YUCK!

We left the plywood to be cut and went to buy an upper cabinet for the laundry room (which also has wire shelving) and as we were returning to the cutting area, we saw - wait for it - contact paper!  What a simple, easy, inexpensive way to cover that plywood.   We got the new "shelves" home, sanded off the edges, applied the contact paper.  We covered the tops and sides only except for the top shelf where we covered both top and bottom.  In less than three hours, from leaving for Lowe's and putting food back in the pantry, we had secure,clean and great looking shelves, and all for just about $20.00 (plywood: $10.67 and contact paper: $10.49) 

This past week, we did the same treatment in the laundry room and the storage room.  [The builders have a real thing for those wire shelves - they're in the closets as well.]  Now we are finished with this make-over project and ready for the next one.

New shelves in pantry
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Aug. 28, 2012 6:13 am
What a smart idea! I just don't get all this wire shelving these days and prefer wooden or Lucite shelves. All I can think of is the architect was a man who doesn't do any work around the house and thought wire looked good. Sorry to the guys, but....By the way, I am soooo jealous of your pantry :)
Aug. 28, 2012 6:20 am
agree with Sugarnspice.
Aug. 28, 2012 6:34 am
What a great and easy fix! Don't blame the architect blame the builders - the architect rarely specs such things. I think the builders must have got a 'deal' on wire shelving and bought in mass! Now, what is your next project?
Aug. 28, 2012 6:35 am
Yep, our house has those stupid wire shelves. I bought shelf liner that is a rubber or something meshy stuff about 1/4 to 1/8 inch thin. All the wire shelves got a sheet. Got them in the kitchen section at walmart - $4 or 5 a roll if memory is right. You got a better price though! Good luck in your new place.
Aug. 28, 2012 6:35 am
Lucky Girl! Nice pantry! And an ingenious idea for dealing with the wires!
Aug. 28, 2012 6:55 am
Necessity is the mother of invention, as you proved again! Have fun in your new home!
Aug. 28, 2012 6:59 am
Baking Nana, I bet your right about them getting a good deal. I would LOVE to have a pantry! Where I grew up, a pantry was a separate *room* with tons of shelving a built-in drawers. The "pantry" in my house is no wider or deeper than a broom closet, yet was advertised as one when we bought our house....not!
Aug. 28, 2012 7:00 am
*and built-in drawers*
Aug. 28, 2012 7:00 am
Glad you have a wonderful area now for all your supplies.
Aug. 28, 2012 7:01 am
Gosh, I can't spell today! *you're* not your
Aug. 28, 2012 7:07 am
Oh, I'm sure the "price was right" for the wire shelves. I really dislike them everywhere in the house. We will be putting REAL clothes rods in the closets soon, as the braces keep us from moving the the clothes on the bar.
Aug. 28, 2012 7:10 am
and, Sugar...don't be envious of the way the shelves look now. Remember, I just got them organized...after a few trips to the grocery, they will probably look "normal." LOL
Aug. 28, 2012 7:13 am
What a clever idea! I hate those wire shelves for hanging clothes. Thanks for sharing you quick fix!
Aug. 28, 2012 7:55 am
Great idea for those dreaded wire shelves. BTW I posted a photo for your "Dine In with Take Out" recipe, feel free to use it.
Aug. 28, 2012 7:56 am
Anytime, Cat Hill!
Aug. 28, 2012 7:56 am
Thanks, bd.weld - will check it out.
Aug. 28, 2012 8:00 am
Love the photo - now, how do I get it on my recipe? Can you add it, bd?
Aug. 28, 2012 8:01 am
I forgot to mention that the shelves keep the cords from kitchen appliances (which are stored on the far end) from falling down through the wires.
Aug. 28, 2012 8:04 am
It shows one photo but doesn't come up on the recipe. Just copy and paste it to the recipe.
Aug. 28, 2012 8:06 am
I saw a post on pinterest about this very thing, although she used peel and stick floor tiles on her wire shelves. You can cut those to the size you need. I thought that was pretty ingenious and cheap :)
Aug. 28, 2012 8:07 am
Oh, save (copy) photo as jpeg.
Aug. 28, 2012 9:37 am
Another great idea, Cindy.
Aug. 28, 2012 12:23 pm
I love a project that comes together cheaply with such good results! And, Phoebe, I am jealous of your pantry size - enjoy!
Aug. 28, 2012 3:22 pm
Yes, I hate the wire shelves too and after awhile they get sticky ....any good way to clean them and remove that film?
Aug. 28, 2012 3:23 pm
Thanks, Maggi! We should get together with Wendy one of these days. You are going to MI, right?
Aug. 28, 2012 3:24 pm
gee, covergirl, I guess you'd have to remove all the food and spray w/ 409 grease cutter? Messy...
Aug. 28, 2012 6:20 pm
arrrg, get thee to a cabinet shop where they make countertops. Most owners would be only too happy to cut up some remnants of plastic laminate for your shelving. The stuff accumulates and accumulates until you have so much you're forced to burn it. Great for drawer bottoms, shelving etc...
Aug. 28, 2012 6:52 pm
Good idea, Raedwulf...
Aug. 28, 2012 6:54 pm
I would have painted the plywood, the contact paper will peal off given time. been there done that.
Aug. 29, 2012 6:13 am
When I was looking for a new home-all the closets had wire shelving. My husband told our builder-he would not put those in our new house. I am so glad. I am so glad you found a solution to your problem!
Aug. 29, 2012 6:58 am
You may be right, King Sparta, but we've just add another later. The cans don't seem to be making marks on the paper like cans do on wood.
Aug. 29, 2012 6:59 am
Lela - wise guy, that hubby of yours!
Aug. 29, 2012 3:33 pm
I'm laughing because I spent a great deal of money to have that type of shelving installed when we redid this place. I live in a very humid area, on the ocean and the advantage to the wire shelving is air circulation, which prevents mold, mildew and just damp odors. We did a fair amount of research before we did it and learned they make it with different width spacing for different applications. What we put in my pantry and cabinets is a grid rather than just the wires, which we put in the linen and clothes closets. It has been almost 20 years an I haven't had any problem with them getting sticky, so that may be a different manufacturer's product.
Aug. 29, 2012 5:31 pm
If we would have had a small grid pattern instead of the widely spaced wires, we probably would have been happy with the shelves. Glad yours worked for you!
Aug. 30, 2012 8:32 am
Another idea are those stick on tiles (saw it on pinterest the other day).
Aug. 31, 2012 7:10 am
You could've used the sheet of thicker plastic. It's used for dome lighting in the kitchen. You can cut it with heavier shears, and place it on top of the wire shelves.
Aug. 31, 2012 2:18 pm
Both good ideas -
Aug. 31, 2012 4:56 pm
I have mixed feelings about the wire shelving, I have the adjustable roll outs in my pantry and they work fine for us, except to clean behind them is a pain. My old house had a huge closet in the kitchen that were deep wooden shelfs and they were wonderful. But that house was about one hundred years old and that closet was designed to hold lots of canned goods. My sister has the best set with the drawers that roll out compleatly and a lazy Susan rack in the corner. Special cabinets with dividers for griddles and pans. Love it! I do like what you did with the contact paper and plywood, quick and easy and just as quick to change over
Sep. 1, 2012 5:40 am
Three years ago we remodeled our NM kitchen. The cupboards were wonderful...much better than our new home. All the lowers had either roll-out shelves or drawers, full extention. The door and drawers shut with a light touch. We miss them!
Sep. 4, 2012 6:30 am
We had the same problem....I bought a box 18" tile they fit great and are so easy to area I needed a tile cut and Lowe's handled that for me....
Sep. 4, 2012 7:30 am
Way to go, Nancy! Necessity really is the mother of invention.
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