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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Create More Storage

Over the years I've had kitchens that I would call teeny tiny, one that was huge and a couple in between. Our current kitchen is underwhelming in every way including it's storage capacity. We have a 3-shelf open cabinet that I use for storing cereal, kids snacks and plastic lunch containers.  I felt like I could probably use an extra shelf so rather than scrapping the cabinet and getting a new one I thought I'd add a shelf.


These old concrete things were found behind our house.  I have no clue what they're actually for but I love the shape of them.

This is an old shelf that was not being used.
They both got primed and spray painted.  The concrete block is navy blue and the shelf is white.  Wow, does concrete soak up the paint.  I must have used 10 coats on those bricks.

I pulled out all the Ikea glass jars I had hidden in the cupboards.  I gave them a tag using a 2" punch, some card stock I had lying around and my most coveted label maker (oh, it's love!) along with a little jute to attach them to each jar.  Underneath the shelf I have more snacks because apparently there is not enough food in the universe for a 13-year-old boy.  I didn't bother to label those since snacks change on a regular basis.

While this doesn't seem to be a significant offering in terms of storage it has freed up a ton of room in our severely lacking cupboard space.  I'd show you a photo of the empty shelves but that would be downright boring.

Since the blocks are so significant they could support quite a bit of weight and I could probably add another shelf if I decided to but for now I'm a happy camper.


I'm on an organizational rampage so I'll be posting more ideas shortly.



36 comments:

  1. I LOVE that! It looks great, Carol. Glad to hear I'm not the only one with a label maker fixation :) tee hee...

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  2. This is fabulous! I love those concrete blocks. And I find it amazing how glass jars can instantly make a place pretty....must buy glass jars....

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  3. I really like the navy blue paint on the concrete block; and I love the tags/jute on the IKEA jars!

    K.

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  4. While you're on that organizational rampage, I've got a few (hundred) spaces that could use some love. You know, if you get bored.

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  5. Pretty neat idea. I need organize my crap now! This looks pretty.

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  6. WOW it looks nice. It's so amazing the things you can make with just random things laying around the house. It seriously looks pretty! something I would totally go out to buy just to imitate the look

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  7. Great idea! I remember my dad making a wall around our patio with those blocks! You are great at making ordinary things look beautiful!

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  8. Love those blocks, the shelf and the jars!! Awesome idea. Such blocks are many times used at the bottom of concrete fences to allow water to drain in and out.

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  9. You're so smart! They really do have a great shape to them so you get both style and functionality.

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  10. I have those same IKEA jars that I use on my open shelving in the kitchen. Our kitchen is teeny tiny- we call it 1/2 kitchen. The open shelving helped open it up a bit. I like the idea of the little tags on the jars, because now I'm like corn starch, flour, baking soda??? What is this white stuff?

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  11. Great organizing ideas! Really enjoying those over sized labels - I might have to make some for the new office!

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  12. Looks like I'm not the only one who's going on an organization rampage! I love that shelf! You are so creative to use the concrete block... it looks amazing!

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  13. This is so clever and adorable!!! I love the labels you used as well. Really cute.

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  14. What an unique way to create more space.

    susan

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  15. Super cute way to create TONS of storage! I love that you painted the blocks blue. I would be so proud of myself if I put something like this together.

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  16. This is adorable! Love the concrete blocks (10 coats of spray paint and all-wow!); I agree that they have a great shape!

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  17. Great ideas! The new storage looks amazing. I also love the shape of the concreate blocks, and I love that you painted them navy! It looks great. :)

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  18. FAB!! I've never seen concrete blocks looks so chic. Nice job lady. :)

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  19. This post would also fit perfectly under a repurposing or reuse title! I love how you used things that were already at your house and reinvented them. Really wonderful ideas too! XX

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  20. love it! I love the card stock labels - seriously cute. Your shelf now looks like it's a party display instead of measly storage. well done.

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  21. What a great idea. Those concrete things have such a fabulous shape! Loving your containers and labels.

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  22. Looking good! Those blocks are used all the time in CA. and AZ. for fencing....but they look a heck of a lot better in your kitchen!!! Great job on the jars and the labels!

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  23. Love finding random things and making newer random things :) Great work!!!

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  24. I love that you are rockin' the concrete blocks in the kitchen! Just wait, I bet you'll start a new trend... : )

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  25. I'm filing a complaint: how did you get so much stinkin' brilliant creativity??? No, not really a complaint because how could I complain about all the genius ideas that I'm going to be copying shortly? (c: Love it and keep it rockin', girlfriend!

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  26. I remember my grandma had those cement blocks piled into a huge fence. I love, love this idea and how sweet all of your pasta and lentils look. So nice and organized.

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  27. Genius!! Those concrete blocks are awesome! So many possibilities with those things! Come do my house next!!
    Kelle
    xx

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  28. Great pictures of a Great idea...
    By the way, the concrete blocks are usually meant to be decorative block for the top of a concrete block fence. My dad has these at his home but all are attached so I won't be able to copy your idea! :) Also, I think, but am not sure, there is something you can buy to seal the concrete which would help with the number of coats of paint.....
    Thanks for visiting my blog and the nice comment.. I would let you sit on the chair were you visiting! :)

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  29. Great idea, I love your Ikea storage jars wrapped with jute twine such a great way to store beans, etc.

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  30. I forwarded an blog award to you that I got.

    http://heatherfrostx.blogspot.com/2011/04/weight-loss-journey-blog-award.html

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  31. Love the tags! And the shape of those concrete blocks is fabulous! They look fantastic painted. I know what you mean about a teenaged boy being able to put down snacks. Sometimes it feels like I just filled the pantry and it's empty already. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Who knew beans and lentils could be so pretty! Lovely work.

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  33. i love this! The jars are amazing!

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