“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” ~Jonathan Swift
What you see below is our “pantry” where we now live. OK, a cupboard, a small cupboard! We moved in over two years ago and this is where we keep our grocery items.
But there was a big problem in getting everything organized. It was hard to see everything on the bottom shelf, especially the items that were pushed to the back, and even on the top shelf it was hard to see everything that got pushed to the back without taking items out.
What I decided we needed were a couple of slide-out boxes so I could easily get to the items in the back. After looking in the stores, with measuring tape in hand, I decided to custom make my own boxes.
After looking around, I found two Amazon boxes that were not only the right size, but were more than sturdy enough to do the job! You definitely need a thick, sturdy box versus something flimsy. Keep those Amazon boxes, they’re wonderful.
To make the bottom totally flat (you don’t want cans or boxes getting hung up on the tip in the middle, I salvaged the flaps from this box. The flaps had to come off regardless because they were too big to fold down to the inside. After taking one of the end flaps and cutting it to fit in the middle of the bottom, I just taped it down with duck tape.
I knew one side of the box would be facing forward on the shelf, for me to grab and pull out, so to make that extra sturdy, I took another flap and standing it up inside the box, I marked with a pen where it needed to be cut (see the green arrow). It had to be the exact height of the actual box.
When cutting any of the flaps, use an X-acto knife, not scissors, to get a straight line.
I also used my ruler as a guide to keep the X-acto knife where I needed to cut.
The edge with the duck tape on the top, is holding the extra flap on for the extra strength. I also put some duck tape along the bottom of this flap to help keep it down. I had some extra white duck cloth laying around, so this is what I used for the lining. Lay your box on your lining and mark around it where you need to cut. It only needs to be as high as the top of your box.
Then turn the box upside down and put the lining over the bottom, bring the ends together, as shown above, and pin.
Remove the lining, and using either Mod Podge or Elmer’s Glue, get into every open section of the folds to glue them all together.
After the corners are totally glued and dried, put your lining into the box and trim any excess fabric above the top of the box.
The only expense I had was this fabric I bought on sale from Joanne Fabrics. Lay your box on top of the wrong side of your fabric. If you use a print, like I did, decide which side will be facing forward and make sure the pattern will be straight. Your fabric will need to be the height of your box, plus 2 inches. After cutting your fabric to the size you need, mark all your corners as shown in the above photo and the one below.
Trace around the bottom of your box and make a diagonal at each corner of approximately 1 1/2 inches in length. You’ll cut the excess square and then the diagonal, just up to where your box will be. See photo above and below.
Now the fun part of using Mod Podge begins*(See note at the end of this posting). Start with putting Mod Podge on the sides of the inside of your box. I left the lining in as I did this, and just moved the fabric so my brush could cover the sides of the box. Then using an old credit card or hotel key card, smooth the fabric on the sides. Once you start gluing on fabric to the outside of the box, one corner flap will go around the corner of the box and the other flap will be glued to itself (as shown above), and then the fabric to the box.
Before you start with the flaps, you want to go around the edges of your fabric, and Mod Podge them as shown above, so your edge will be finished off.
After the edges are glued, start Mod Podging the fabric to the outside of the box, bringing the top edge over the top of the box and gluing it to the inside.
Not only does it look better, but I’ll be able to keep it more organized than before.
My intention is to use it strictly as a slide-out, not to take it completely out.
Now I’ll be able to see and get to the items in the back.
*PLEASE NOTE: I used Mod Podge, but originally I was hoping to use spray adhesive. Unfortunately, the latter is very flammable and it needs lots of ventilation (something I would do outside or near our open garage door). Because it’s winter and we have snow, I wasn’t able to use the spray. Either Mod Podge or the adhesive spray will work.
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