I am SO excited to share with you what I have worked on for week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge. If this is your first time visiting the series, you can catch up here:
Let me honest for just a moment. I drool over the pantry makeovers I see on Pinterest. I even have a board dedicated to Mudroom and Pantry Inspiration. For the record, my mudroom/pantry will look nothing like those beautiful photos. The $100 limit is pretty much putting a damper on that. As I was looking around for food containers, I found that most cost between $10-20 EACH! BUT… don’t fret, I found some ways to create food storage containers that cost a whole lot less… I just had to think outside the box… or use the box. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a few sneak peeks.
Orange Plastic Containers to Metal Storage Tubs:
The first place to head for cheap storage options is your nearest dollar store since everything costs, you guessed it, … one dollar. I started by looking for something I could use to hold individual items from my humongous Costco boxes, and these bright orange bins were perfect:
While orange is great for celebrating Halloween, it was not the look I was going for in my pantry. Nothing a little hammered metal spray paint couldn’t take care of, right? I sprayed them down and attached chalkboard labels onto the handles, and they have changed their look completely:
I did notice a little spray paint chipping off the bottom, so I went over the bins with some Mod Podge to help seal the paint.
Old Cardboard Boxes to Wooden Crates:
I cannot take credit for this brilliant idea. I first saw it done by Lauren over at Bless’er House. While Lauren used diaper boxes for this project, I used some leftover Costco boxes and boxes that used to hold reams of paper. I found some wood-looking paper on Amazon, and used it to wrap the boxes. (This is actually paper for a photo backdrop, so it’s huge: 12 ft. x 4 ft.). I started by adhering the paper with Mod Podge, but it got a little bubbly, so after the first sheet, I used an adhesive spray, and that worked a whole lot better.
Add a chalkboard label on a notecard, and these boxes-turned-crates are used to store bags of chips and pretzels.
Pasta & Rice Storage:
I buy a lot of pasta. My kids love it, and so do I. I buy all the different shapes, so I went ahead and bought a few containers (at the dollar store) and added some adhesive chalkboard labels. The containers held exactly one box of pasta, so it was perfect. For the rice, I used some canisters I already had on hand.
Seems to me there are two types of crackers: those that come packaged (i.e. Saltines and Ritz), and those that don’t (i.e. Goldfish and Cheez-Its). I used a basket I already owned to hold all the packaged crackers; easy peasy:
For the loose crackers, I bought more containers (again, only one dollar each), labeled them, and done:
Canned Goods Storage:
Since I’m repurposing boxes and plastic tubs already, I thought, why not add some old soda boxes to the mix. I needed something to hold my canned goods, and as I was about to recycle an old soda box, I realized it would be perfect.
I once again went with the wood paper and I’ll be adding chalkboard labels (ran out…oops). What I love about chalkboard labels, and the reason I used them on everything, is because I can change the label whenever the contents of the container change.
Cost of Food Storage… So Far:
I’m not going to give an updated picture this week because I’d rather save it for the reveal next week, but I am going to give you my cost break-down thus far:
- Orange Storage Tubs x5= $5.00
- Spray Paint= $5.39
- Chalk Labels for Tubs x5= $2.95
- Boxes= Free
- Wood Paper (For wrapping the boxes)= $10.39
- Chalkboard Label Stickers= $1.79 (After 40% off Michaels coupon)
- Pasta Containers x5= $5.00
- Rice Canisters= Free (Already Owned)
- Cracker Containers= $3.00
- Basket for packaged Crackers= Free (Already Owned)
- Adhesive Spray= Free (Already had some)
- Chalk Pen= Free (Already Owned)
- TOTAL= $33.52
This pantry storage solution made its way to the Rachael Ray Show. See the segment below:
Have A Joyous Wednesday!
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