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I love reading for the sake of learning so I'm an avid researcher. I also love sharing what I've learned which is why I decided to become a blogger. I do not claim to be a writer nor an expert on anything. I'm just passionate about family, food, health, wine, art, gardening and creativity and I LOVE to share! Since my daughters share my passions and love of research and writing, they partner with me to bring you the best from My Urban Pastures!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

DIY Hideaway Storage Unit

Anyone who lives in tight quarters with a family can attest to the fact that organization is a challenge.   Especially when you downsize and lose valuable space like kitchen cabinets, large closets, and a nice sized pantry.  So, it's always a blessing when I run across ideas that are not only useful and simple to implement but ingenious.  That's exactly how I would describe the 'can food organizer' I found on Classy Clutter's blog...ingenious!   Never in my wildest dreams had I envisioned using the space along side my refrigerator to park a storage unit, but take a look at this:


Without a doubt, this food storage organizer has to be one of the best organizational tools I've come across in a long time.  I was able to free up quite a bit of room in my pantry with the creation of this storage unit.   Of course I've added more to the shelves since I took this picture.

Thanks to our wonderful friend and neighbor Joe, we were blessed with the perfect piece of wood to make this project a breeze!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the before.  That is the "before" my hubby got started on it.  This is what it looked like after he took out many, many nails, removed 4inches, about three or four shelves and added the dowels:

Now it's ready to be sanded.

I wish you could've seen it when Joe brought it to us...it was a hot mess!  I took one look at it and knew immediately what to do with it thanks to Classy Clutter!  

Once this baby was sanded, dowels added, and caulk applied to where the hole were drilled to add the dowels, it was time for a coat of primer.

Next step: a coat of paint, add the casters, attach the handle, and the backboard.   My hubby handled everything except the backboard and that's when my 'mini me' Chelsea stepped in to offer her assistance.  We wanted a similar design as Classy Clutter but instead of painting it we wanted to see if we could get a similar effect using tape.  Yep, that's duct tape on the backboard and it actually turned out pretty nice.  

Not bad for a piece of wood found on the side of the road huh?   See how it blends in on the side of the refrigerator:

The blurring is intentional but the storage unit shows up nicely! 

 In this case, I definitely have to say with a little sprucing up, "one man's junk is another man's treasure"!

Interested in making this storage unit or viewing the tutorial?  check out Classy Clutter blog spot for more information.    


  1. That is absolutely fabulous! Wow oh wow!

  2. Awesome! My parents have one of these. We called it a cantry (like pantry). It is perfect for small spaces!

  3. I love it...I don't have even 2 inches of space alongside my fridge but this idea is great...way to go Paulette!

  4. Just saw this and it's great! We've got a space just like this beside our 'fridge. Might have to try making one of these.

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