As I posted on facebook yesterday, I built these super easy and super affordable can good holders for my new pantry shelves I just installed in the laundry room (which serves double duty as the pantry).
Here are the eight new basic stock cabinets from Lowe's I just added to the wall of the laundry room to make use of the space of the wall (9' high ceilings). I'm loving not having the doors on the fronts so we can "shop" for what we need by just walking in the room. I'm still in the whole "styling" and organizing stage of the shelves, so don't roll your eyes too much at the incomplete look. Pretty please?
Here is the view from the window wall. If you look at the bottom of the picture, you can see the installed can good organizers. I chose to use the same white melamine shelving as what is used on the cabinets to make it blend into the inside of the cabinet. PLUS, I didn't have to paint it! Score one for Karen :)
Step two: Attach pieces to the walls of the unit.
Step three: Set the lauan onto the ledgers.
See? I told you it was easy! Below I drew up a sketch of the size I used for my 12" opening with a cabinet depth of 11.5" (if you have doors, it will be a depth of 10.5-10.75"). The height of my can good holders are 11". Again, the plan can be adjusted to any size space, but I think if you go past three cans wide, you may want to use something more sturdy than the lauan. Additionally, if you make the unit taller and add shelves, make certain the cans will fit thru the opening, don't just measure with the can in place on the shelf.
Cut list for 1 can good holder:
2 - 11"tall x 11.5"deep walls
(the melamine is 11.75" deep, I had to trim mine down) If your doors are on your cabinets, your cuts will probably be between 10.5" and 10.75"
6 - 1x2" 10.5" strips
2 - 10.5x10.75" lauan cut for the shelf
If your doors are on your cabinets, your cuts will probably by between 9.75" and 10"
I used 1.25" finish nails, but you can use screws if you prefer.
Wood glue, wood filler, etc.
|Flip the ledge over and attach the ledge to the front (finished) edge of the melamine. Make sure the bottom ledge is flush with the front and the bottom of the wall.|
|Measure down 5.5" (halfway point) from the top and mark the edge of the wall. Attach the top ledge to the wall keeping the front of the ledge flush with the side wall front edge.|
|Find your center point again (5.5") and measure up toward the top .75" to create a bit of a roll for the cans to come forward when you remove one. Do the same for the bottom. Measure .75 up from the bottom and mark.|
|Attach the back supports at the marks you made in the last step.|
I hope this gave you a helpful way to store your can goods.
Let me know if you have any questions.