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How to Make Deep Cabinets Work

At last, I finally managed to organize one area of our home that had been quite unruly for sometime, our “pantry”. Since the kitchen is so small and is lacking proper storage, I had this cabinet built so I can have a storage for our food supplies, unused plates and glasses, baking wares, etc.

Taking pictures in this area of our house is hard because there’s no natural light coming in and it is just not nice to include the DIY paper light shade I did last year. So forgive the low quality pictures. Hehe!

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So anyway, the image on the left was taken a few days after the cabinet was built which was about 2 years ago, hence the clutter free (and style-less) look. Being a bad blogger that I am, I, again forgot to take the “before” picture. Even though I bought one more of that big seagrass basket for the canned goods and noodles, you can imagine how messy-looking it got after more than a year of storing our often used items there. It was an eye sore and I hate it especially when our house help randomly places the items in the shelf.

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Because the fridge will be placed beside the shelf, I wanted them to be the same depth. 30″ for shelves is too deep. It’s hard to reach the items at the back so I bought baskets. The downside of it, though, is that the baskets aren’t deep enough so I wasn’t maximizing the full storage capacity of the shelf. The solution: install shallow drawers. 🙂

The shelf is now divided into nine cubbyholes minimize the clutter. I don’t want to just install cabinet doors because I still want to display stuff there so I had the three middle ones left open. The top two with doors don’t have drawers since it would be too high to reach the back part anyway. I have my extra dishes, serving trays and salad spinner stored in there.
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For the lower doors, “tray-drawers” were installed to accommodate tall containers such as milk and cereals.

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Since the middle part is still too deep for displays, I had stoppers glued in the middle. The I cut a foam board to fit the opening and painted it yellow, the same color as our dining wall. That way, I can use the back part as “secret” storage for other stuff not exactly worth displaying or used rarely like alcohol, old recipe magazines, product boxes, etc. Now, every inch of the shelf is fully utilized! 🙂

Now, I have to organize the rest of the house!

How To Paint Wooden Pallets

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After we had our kitchen repainted, I needed an art-like installation that could also function as pot holder. There is a blank wall on the side of the sink that would be perfect spot for this. Since I painted our kitchen a neutral color from too bright apple green, I needed a fresh pop of color.

I asked our carpenter to build me something similar to a typical pallet using 3pcs. 2″x4″ KD wood and 4 pcs. 1/2″x4″ reclaimed palochina wood.  And here’s how I painted it using my craft acrylic paint and leftover latex paint used in our living room and kitchen.steps

This was quite experimental actually so I really couldn’t give an exact tutorial. But this is how I basically did it:

1. I diluted the blue paint from our living room with water to use as “wash” and I did not like the effect. Haha!

2. To remedy it, I mixed it with my blue craft acrylic and applied it to the still wet pallet. Added a bit of green and yellow here and there. I waited for a while for the paint and wood to dry (since I was using much water), then sanded the wood to blend the colors.

3. Not quite there  yet so I added a bit more brown, more yellow, sanded it off. It was too bright for me so to tone down the colors, I added the same white paint I used for the kitchen wall and sanded it endlessly.

I got more pallet projects to paint. I just hope to find time to do it. 🙂




Shopping Guide: Affordable and Decorative Items To Organize Your Home

Like I have said before, I hate clutter. Since you can’t hide everything away inside the cabinet, something decorative yet highly functional is always needed in the home.

I’m a fan of baskets especially wicker ones. I bought mine from different stores like Rustan’s/Crossing’s, Landmark, SM Department Store, Kultura Filipino and Dapitan Arcade. The one’s from Dapitan Arcade were cheap (P100 for a 15″x8″10″ one) but don’t expect them to be perfect. Most of the baskets there are factory over runs. Wicker baskets from malls, however, range from P300-P1000 depending on the size. If you have time, you can also check out Quiapo Ilalim (stores under the Quiapo bridge) for better quality baskets and other native handicrafts.

Since I’m due to give birth anytime, I can’t go out window shopping anymore (which I really miss)… So, I shopped the web for some affordable and decorative items ways to organize your home. If only we have IKEA here (as cheap as US Ikea), our lives would be so much easier…

1. Hampton mini cabinet with wicker baskets from Party Fairies. These shelves and baskets are perfect for kids bedroom and home office. Just add DIY labels in front for more personalized look.

Specifications:

  • Laminated particle board
  • Assembled dimensions 300mm W x 235mm D x 795mm H
  • Assembly required
  • Comes with 3 pieces matching color wicker baskets (black, white, beech)
  • Price: P1,200 for 2-tier, P1,500 for 3-tier and P1,800 for 4-tier

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Check out their store at 2nd Flr. San Pio Exhibit, CIRCLE C MALL, Congressional Ave., Brgy. Bahay Toro, Quezon City. You can send them SMS (09175323089) to confirm availability of the product.

2. Toscana serving tray. Trays are often used by designers when styling homes. It holds small knick knacks together so they are perfect in the living room as well as you bedroom. Like this DIY gold tray below.

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Specifications:

  • Made from sabutan (natural fiber)
  • Dimension:48.9 x 36.84 x 5 cm
  • Price: P665.00

You can buy this on sale in TasteCentral.com

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3. Towel Hooks can be boring. Why not add a little fun to it, as well as to your bathroom with these cute carved wooden letter hooks from Cashcashpinoy.com?

Specifications:

  • Wall mount painted wood
  • Dimension: 58 cm x 18 cm x 2 cm
  • Price: P399 (6 hooks), P499 (8 hooks)

You can also check out the other quirky hooks here.

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For more organization ideas using baskets, please visit my Pinterest page.

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