The Pantry Needs Love Too: A Magnetic Board Story
Recently the kitchen has been getting all of our attention and I think our pantry’s been feeling a bit left out. It sits convenient next to the kitchen, dutifully holding all our paper towels, dog food, people food, coupons… I could go on. My point is she’s a valuable member of our family and she never asks for much.
A few weeks ago I saw House of Smith’s pantry board and knew it was just what the doctor ordered. Her pantry is also the most freakishly organized thing I’ve ever seen but we’ll tackle that another day.
You might have remembered that I swiped this square modern mirror from Goodwill last week:
And with a few hours time (glue-drying included), it turned into this deliciousness.
Opening the pantry and having little rays of happy burst out of it has been awesome.
Transforming it from a boring block to a bright board was pretty simple. First, I removed the mirror and it’s incredibly thin paper backing. Then I used that as a template to cut a corrugated cardboard backing and stretched my fabric over top, using a mix of glue and staples.
And even though the back would be totally hidden I glued and taped down the originally piece of cardboard to cover my tracks. You can also see that I debated over a few other fabrics I had lying around after my pillow making foray, but ultimately decided on that the more subtle blue was perfect for this project.
Then I hung it up with a screw and secured the bottom with an always-handy 3m command strip. This baby’s going nowhere. Also, the beauty of the fabric surrounding the exposed metal sheet is that it doubles as a tack board. Ahhh, corrugated cardboard and fabric.
And I’ll leave you with this incredibly wonky picture. Olive was super interested in what I was doing since it involved the magical pantry of kibble. Her old man face is killing me.
As for this project breaking the bank? Sure, think what ya want.
Frame: $4, Goodwill.
Paint: $1 – ‘Oops’ test pot from Lowes.
Fabric: $0 (Already owned)
Gorilla Glue: $5
Staple Gun: $0 (Already owned)
12×18 Metal Sheet: $8
Total: $18 = soo very worth it.
Also! The reason I tackled this Pinterest-inspired project at all? These lovely ladies hosted a good ol’ fashioned Pinterest Party: What the Graham, Baby Gators Den, Hernando House, Design Build Love, Merrypad, Mrs Priss, and The Stucco Bungalow!
Thank you and goodnight.