I hope you all had a great weekend! I am back today to share our next ‘Shanty Storage Solution’ with you! As I mentioned in my DIY Spice Rack post, Ash and I are on a mission to use our love of wood and DIY to create solutions for our kitchens and our homes that help things run more smoothly and efficiently.
My next project was to tackle my canned food collection! With a family of 7, we always keep a large variety of canned foods. What did I come up with?? These are individual canned food organizers thats store your cans, and rotate the cans to allow you to use the older dates first. Rather than making 1 single rack, I opted to make them individual so you can make as few or as many as you need for your canned food stash! Here is how they turned out…
Awwww… SO much better than how they used to be! The need for this system came along with the addition of my sweet baby. His very favorite thing to do is knock over my can stacks and roll them around the house…
I do think it’s cute, but I was going batty stacking my cans on an hourly basis! I won’t say these are ‘baby-proof’, but I will say they have helped!
I made these canned food organizers in 2 sizes. The larger size holds up to 12 cans, and I am sharing it today.
Here we go!
For each organizer I used 1/4″ hardwood plywood. I bought mine in a 4′x8′ sheet and had the guys at Home Depot cut it down into 11.5″ strips. You can also buy smaller panels like a 2′x2′ or 2′x4′ if you don’t need as many!
I also used a 1×12 for my shelf pieces. These also come in different lengths. I bought and 8′ board because I was making several, but you can buy a smaller one if you are not making as many.
I also use a 1/2″x2″ pine board for my bottom shelf front piece. A 4′ piece will make 8 dividers.
When you break it down, these cost under $5 a piece to make.
For the sides you will need 2 pieces of 1/4″ plywood cut to this..
For the shelf piece I cut my 1×12 into 4.75″ pieces. Each divider will use 2 pieces like this…
There will be a small scrap from the middle shelf piece that I will use later on a different step.
Next, I marked both of my side pieces for my shelves! Marking them with a pencil makes lining your shelf pieces up really easy, and it keeps you from having to guess where to nail from the side.
Mark each side like this…
I found a really easy way to do this! I used some scrap pieces cut to the dimensions above to serve as a template for each piece. I would just lay them down, line up my middle shelf , and draw it out quick. No need to measure each time! This saves a ton of time!
Excuse my shanty handwriting on the blocks!
Next I used Gorilla Wood Glue and finish nails to attach my shelves like this!
Easy! And because I drew my shelves on the other side, it makes this part simple! Just nail where the shelves are marked!
Next, I added some Gorilla Wood Glue to the shelf pieces, and attached my other side piece!
Now to finish off the front!
I used that scrap piece to cut my front piece.
This is for my middle shelf. I just added a little glue and nailed it in place!
I used a 1/2″ x 2″ pine board for my bottom shelf piece. Each one was 5.25″ long.
That’s it! How simple is that? No need to put a back on these… Once they are placed in the cabinet, the wall does the trick perfect! I painted mine with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Heirloom White. I also couldn’t resist the urge to add some labels. I will be sharing those soon!
My favorite part about these babies is how they rotate my cans! You load the cans through the top, and it allows your older dates to rotate out from the bottom first! LOVE. I will also be sharing my 7-can dividers that are stackable soon!
For now, here are a few more shots!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love for you to share and pin these below! I will be sharing my entire pantry makeover over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Also, be sure to check out my Pantry Door Spice Rack!
Thanks so much guys!!
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