Is that excessive? (Or maybe obsessive?) The fact is, I love to bake. And I’ve started doing some healthier baking, which has introduced new ingredients that weren’t previously in my cupboard. Not only did I need to make room for those, I was also having problems with the ink coming off the clear layer of my fabric labels when they came into contact with anything wet.
When I followed a link to some fabulous printables from WorldLabel.com, I was totally motivated. The sunshine and 80-some degree weather didn’t hurt, either.
Since I also wanted to line the cupboard, I removed every single item and wiped down the shelves.
I used an out-of-print laminate by Michael Miller to line the bottom shelf and the back of the cupboard. (It’s nearly impossible to find, but Crafter’s Vision still has some left for a good price.) Since I had been too burned out back when I painted my kitchen cabinets to tackle the insides, I thought at first I would go with something light. But I realized this fabric would work much better to add a fun pattern without too obvious contrast with the rest of the brown.
All I did was measure, cut the laminated cotton to size, and use my ATG gun to apply adhesive to the edges and in X’s across the middle. It was very easy to adhere, and I think it will stick well over time.
Then, of course, I had to deal with the chaos.
I decided on these labels, because I knew they would fit on all of my containers, and I liked the border. Plus they match the polka dots on the laminated cotton! (There are several options & shapes of these pantry labels available, including a black version of each set and ones with names already on them.)
This printable was very easy to use since it’s an editable PDF. All I did was open the file in Adobe Reader, click on the highlighted area of each label to type its name, and then print. The chalkboard font is embedded right in the file, so it’s automatic. (If you’d rather have a different font, you could use a photo editing program such as PSE, but you’ll have to create & center your text boxes.)
I printed on Avery full sheet (8.5″ x 11″) white inkjet labels.
Since I was out of contact paper, I used the full-sheet clear adhesive labels leftover from my last baking cupboard labeling project to cover each label sheet and protect it.
Then I used a 2″ circle punch like the one below on each label, turning the punch upside-down so that I could visually line up the opening with the edge of the label.
After adhering the labels, I did some reconfiguring to accommodate a few additional containers and ended up with this arrangement. And yes, I did leave the cupboard open for a couple of hours afterwards so that I could admire the contents. :)
By the way, do you like my new measuring cups? I had green ones, but the measurement markings rubbed off a long time ago. I can tell what’s what visually, but it was a little frustrating to my kids! These actually have the measurements embossed on them–very smart. Now I need to get measuring spoons, because those markings are about gone as well. Lesson learned.
Another thing I did was to move baking spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, etc.) from my spice cupboard to the baking cupboard. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before, because it makes so much more sense!
So, are you motivated to tackle your cupboard? I would love to see pictures if you do, so please be sure to come back and share the link in the comments if/when you get to that point.
- airtight BPA-free plastic containers: Shopko
- smaller glass containers with white lids: Dollar Tree (These aren’t always easy to find there, but I did notice that they sell a different glass container online that would also work well. Minimum order is 24, so you could go in with someone and split them. Free shipping to store. They may have them in-store as well.)
- 32 oz. glass containers with aluminum lids: Hobby Lobby
- round spice jars and measuring cups: Cost Plus World Market
- everything on top of the cabinet: vintage shops & markets, except for the clock which was from One King’s Lane