Perusing a magazine recently, I was inspired by the use of recycled beer cardboard caddies. They have a handle and are easy to carry. However, I felt they were a little flimsy to use to carry anything a little heavier. Nor did I like the fact that it didn't hold more than 6 items. But, it gave me an idea.
Just by chance, we were looking for everyday glasses for our kitchen. It came with a great sturdy box that would work awesome to organize my spray bottles. My husband also bought a 6 pack of beer which I told him not to recycle it because I wanted to use it for a project for our tool closet. If you want to check out our tool closet, click here.
Step by step instructions on how to make a caulk organizer
First, let me show you the before shelves that I was trying to organize. It looks OK. but, I over the years I found it was hard to find items and the boxes became a mismatched catch all for our random stuff. And, since, I am the one who would use these items, I decided it needed some attention. Check out the caulk bottle area. Yuck! I was so frustrated with this area and the fact that all the caulk containers would fall over every time I would get something in the bin. Not good at all.
These are the cardboard boxes I used for this DIY recycling project for the paint cans and caulk canisters. As you can see, the beer caddy had a handle with made it easy for transporting to different areas to paint. But, my main purpose was to organize the shelves and not necessarily take the entire bin to other areas. So, that's why I used the glass cardboard box too.
Cut boxes in half
First, I removed the dividers in the box and then cut the box in half with a straight edge and sharp box cutter. Using a straight edge T square worked great to keep a nice clean line to use when cutting. I replaced the dividers into each box to create a more stable box for wrapping. Tip: use all the parts of the dividers to keep the box secure. Use packing tape to tape the bottom of the box before covering with sticky paper.
Cover bottom of boxes
I then covered the bottom of the box with Contact Paper. I used a nonfloral pattern since my husband was going to use the items as well. This reinforces the bottom of the box because these bottles and caulks can get pretty heavy.
Tip: if you have others using the space as well. Make sure they like what you are doing by asking their opinion on the colors. This gets them involved and allows them to enjoy the area instead of feeling that the newly organized area is thrust upon them. They are more likely to put stuff away too if they feel like it is their area as well.
Cover side of boxes
Then I wrapped the box with the Contact paper little by little removing the paper and smoothing out the sides to get rid of any bubbles under the paper.
Here is what the boxed looked like after I wrapped them. great right? Tip: be sure to have at least 1-2 inches over lay for the top edge of the box. This extra paper will adhere better to the cardboard when you wrap it over the edges.
And, that's it. Here's what the shelves look like now in my tool closet. I love it! And, boy doesn't it make a difference? I especially like the caulk organizer.
What do you think? Is this a project you will be doing soon? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
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