The “Junk” Cabinet

Most people have a junk drawer. But I only have three drawers total in my little kitchen so I can’t waste one of them on junk. I throw all the random things in my cabinet instead. This cabinet is right inside the kitchen door and is all by itself. It seemed the perfect “catch all” place. I have teamed up with P&G and The Home Depot again. They challenged me to get it together.

It looks great now, but you need to see the before!

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I think there was a little bit of everything in there. I should have taken a picture of all the stuff after I took it out. It covered my whole left side kitchen counters!


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I emptied it out, cleaned it, and then sorted through all the things that had been in there. I made three piles. One pile for things to keep, one for garabage, and one for things that needed to put be away somewhere else.


I took the door off and sanded the border in reparation for painting it. After wiping off the sawdust, I painted a few thin coats of paint that matched the wall color in my kitchen.

I wanted the whole center of the door to be covered in chalkboard vinyl (that I picked up at Home Depot) but it was not long enough. So I came up with a PLAN B. I painted a checkerboard pattern on the bottom to match the kitchen ceiling. To see a more detailed tutorial you can see how I painted the ceiling.

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While I was at Home Depot getting supplies for this and another project, I spied some replacement glass light shades that I like the look of. I used them for containers along with empty paint cans.

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I added some small hooks to the checker part of the door for keys.

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I already had the basket and I added an extra checkered tag left over from my pantry makeover. I also already had the metal caddy and it seemed perfect for office supplies. I painted a cardboard box green and put a chalkboard label on it for note pads.

The Metal Caddy  (affiliate link) is one of my favorite thing I own! It works perfectly for scissors, pens, markers, etc.

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It is SO NICE to have this cabinet organized finally. I am not sure what too me so long to get to it. I guess when you buy a fixer upper house, the little things get over looked sometimes.

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Well, to help you get more organized (whether it is a small thing or a big project) I have a giveaway for you! Proctor and Gamble along with Home Depot are giving away a prize pack to one lucky winner:

P&G and HD prize pack

· $200 The Home Depot Gift Card
· Febreze Air Effects Linen & Sky
· Bounty Select-A-Size
· Charmin Ultra Soft

***You must be 18 years or older and a US resident to enter. The giveaway will run until February 2, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.***

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I also built shelves for my bathroom for this campaign. You can see both my projects and the projects of other bloggers at the Proctor and Gamble site. There are a lot of good ideas there!13-PG-2629_SOC2

I was compensated for my time and the materials to do these two projects as part of the Bright Ideas campaign. But the thoughts and ideas are all mine :)

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  1. Brooke J. says

    Your cabinet looks amazing. I need to get my sewing things organized, file cabinet, and this one kitchen cabinet with spices and baking goods in it. It is always a mess.

  2. tricia says

    my sons room is a disaster area. it needs a major organization effort in there. also, my walk in closet could use some help!!

  3. Kim Henrichs says

    We have an extra room that’s sort of a craft room – it’s been shoved full of stuff after a flood and never dealt with. It needs to be organized SO badly!!

  4. Lisa Cox says

    Everything needs to be more organized at my house. But since 90% of it is my mother in laws, who lives with us, I can’t really do much about it. We are wanting to build some shelves in the rood my hubby and I use as a living room for him to store his drum/dj equipment on.

  5. Rhonda says

    I need a hall closet makeover!! No shelves or anything currently in the closet except a pole to hang coats. It’s a disaster

  6. Jeffrey says

    My closet could really use some organization. I really need to go through my clothing and such, shipping some off to the Goodwill.

  7. says

    Oh my goodness, what doesn’t need to be organized??!! We moved into hour dream house (a 1920s victorian) over a year ago, and then one month later had a baby, So here we are 1 year plus a few months later and we still aren’t organized! But the main problem area is our (my) hobby room/guest room. Boxes, bed, dog crate, sewing machine, it’s all over the place!

  8. Ang says

    This is a makeover that seems small but makes life so much easier. I really need to do this too. Thanks for the ideas. :D

  9. Felicia Mathis says

    I have a junk drawer that could really use a face lift. Your cabinent is so clean and refreshing great job!!

  10. Carole H says

    We have an extra room that really needs to be more organized. There is an old hutch in there and some wicker furniture. I am always looking to find more storage for this room.

  11. Cath T says

    I guess I can’t just say, “The whole house.” Right now my big project is organizing my crafting room, because that’s a whole lot more fun than the cold attic, where I frantically threw all kinds of stuff in a panic when cleaning the house for Christmas. The craft room has a ton of little odds and ends that need to be easily accessible and grouped by type. LOVE what you did with the door on your cabinet. As always, a clever solution and a beautiful idea.

  12. Tawnya says

    I need to do this so badly. I only have 4 drawers in my kitchen, 2 large and 2 small, and I have 1 of each size as “junk” drawers! Every time I lament the lack of storage I think about organizing them but it seems daunting. Maybe if I make it cute like you did I’ll be more motivated.

  13. Jen H says

    My junk drawer and cupboard. Love your ideas! We live in a rental but totally am going to put some baskets and a few hooks for keys etc. My husband loathes the mess.

  14. lesley says

    definitely my crafting room because i am turning a “junk” room into a crafting room so everything is a mess at the moment!!

  15. Sandi Allen says

    Everything needs to be organized. I am such an unorganized person.
    This year I vowed to get my home organized, starting with my craft room.
    Thanks for the chance to win! Fingers crossed.

  16. says

    I have a really messy bookcase in an upstairs hallway that needs to be organized! I love how you repurposed items to organize your junk cabinet! Looks great! :)

  17. Koren Klein says

    oh, the joys of an older house without storage. Our hallway linen closet is so deep, things are lost in the darkness! We need those touch LED lights to stick up there first of all and then after that…. boxes and bins and labels!! The few we have work great, but we need more to really boost up the organization so I’m not using old diaper boxes and gift bags. A win would be awesome! Love reading your blog, it keeps me thinking that I. Can. Do. It!

  18. Alisha Hodges says

    A couple of my kitchen cabinets and drawers need to be organized. I really like this idea. I never thought about sorting such things into containers, but I think I’m going to do that.

  19. Elizabeth H says

    My kitchen is small and I really need to work on getting it organized. You always do a great job and have such neat ideas. Love reading your blog.

  20. Amy R says

    I need to organize my linen closet where I also keep all my extra bathroom “stock up” items, various candles, first aid items, etc.

  21. Ashley r says

    What doesn’t need organizing? Haha. I would have to say my bedroom. I hide everything there when someone is coming over. ;)

  22. says

    A small thing that needs organizing is my roll top desk a big thing that really really needs organizing is the enertainment/man cave :/ I think thats the purpose of man caves though, to have one room in the house that is unorganized :)

  23. says

    My husband needs to be organized. Our unfinished basement is wall to wall mess. The problem with him is he just needs to throw out stuff. He’s a packrat and sometimes it spills into the kitchen. That is when I put my foot down, he’s got a whole basement! Me personally, I’ve got two piles of papers that I need to deal with. Thanks for a great giveaway and I love your cabinet transformation.

  24. Bonnie says

    Our garage needs to be organized! Then we will be able to find something we need to use, instead of buying another.

  25. Jeanne J says

    Great job on your junk cabinet! It looks wonderful! Do you want to come over and tackle mine? I need help throughout the entire house! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  26. Stephanie says

    I have a school room/guest room that needs serious attention. I’ve spent the last week trying to get it under control but it is turning into a bigger project than I planned :)

  27. MeganM. says

    I really need to organize my bedroom closet. It’s been a catch-all since I moved in that room in August. Yikes!

  28. lesley says

    definitely my crafting room! i am turning a “junk” room into a crafting room so everything is a mess and in boxes and piled everywhere while working. it is awful!

  29. Heidi Tracy says

    My whole house could use some organizing!! If I had to pick just one area to start with, it would be my laundry room.

  30. Heidi Tracy says

    My whole house could use some organizing!! If I had to pick just one area to start with, it would be my laundry room.

  31. Jennifer H. says

    What DOESN’T need to be organized at my house? ;) I would start with the linen closet! Thank you for the opportunity!

  32. Karen says

    The question is, what DOESN’T need to be organized? I honestly think that my bedroom is the worst offender. We crammed a townhouse’ worth of belongings into a small 2 bedroom apartment over a year ago, and it’s been miserable trying to work around everything. Any storage ideas are fabulous; thanks!

  33. Courtney Tarbet says

    My mud room needs some organization! I am seriously impressed that you could fit all of that stuff into those containers!!

  34. Leslie says

    My office shelves and drawers need to be organized badly! I’d love to have some nice baskets and misc holders for all the cluttery stuff in there.

  35. Cathi Ogden says

    My whole house needs organizing but what I need to do first is my bedroom/office/sewing room. Yes, they are all in the same room.

  36. Hannah says

    House is in complete chaos right now but first up on my list is the bathroom which has zero storage! Thanks for the great giveaway

  37. Ashley C says

    My bathroom closet! So many bottles of lotion, shampoos, conditioners, hair care products, etc!


  38. says

    I really, really need my closet organized! I moved to a smaller place and I’m having a problem with the closet.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!


  39. Heidi Tracy says

    My whole house needs help!! If I had to pick one area to start with is my laundry room. Thanks for the opportunity!!

    • Heidi Tracy says

      Sorry I didn’t mean to comment twice, it didn’t look like it went through earlier, I kept getting an error message.

  40. Brandi Price says

    Definitely my spare bedroom AKA my catch-all room. That room has everything in it from boxes that are still packed from when we moved in 5 years ago to all the clothes my son has grown out of since then!

  41. Danielle F. says

    The garage really needs to be organized – it’s more of a MESSY storage area than an actual place to park the cars.

  42. Marie says

    Oh my goodness… what doesn’t need to be organized at my house?? I work at home, so I will pick my office as the main area lacking organization. Get on it already, Marie!

  43. says

    Hi Stacy, the checkerboard was a great touch! It all looks so much better. My craft room is was late for a good organized makeover. A project that I have on my spring 2014 list.

    Thank for a chance to win this, it would definitely put me on track for that project.

    Hugs…Tracy @ CPC

  44. says

    Stacy – Your cabinet looks great. I love that color you have in your kitchen! I am slowly making my way through my entire house to organize it all. We have lived here for almost 8 1/2 years and I have never done the entire house all at once. We were newlyweds when we moved in and now have 2 kids, so you can imagine how much more ‘stuff’ we have! :)

  45. Libby says

    Glad I found your blog via Jenny Komenda and Home Depot. What a great project – and I actually have a little chalkboard paint sitting in the utility room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  46. Jill says

    Your before of your catch all kitchen cabinet is not so bad! You should see mine! It is a chore that definitely needs to be tackled! Thanks for the Home Depot opportunity!

  47. Melina says

    Amazing! We’ve been working around here on organizing, and love seeing what you do. It would be awesome to have some help from Home Depot :)

  48. Sandra VanHoey says

    Our kitchen needs organizing. My sister jsut moved a year ago and it is an older home that is in need of lots of repairs.

  49. Jennifer S says

    Everything in my house needs to be organized! The most pressing room is my kitchen, especially the entryway. Unfortunately, the entryway to the house is into my kitchen and with 4 kids in a New England winter, the boots and snow pants, hats and coats, never mind back packs and school assignments, are overrunning the whole room!

  50. Suzanne says

    Our bonus room– we use it for a school room/office/bedroom. It is large and it could be divided to make it more functional.

  51. Ashley Trail says

    I need to get organized really bad, its been a lifelong ongoing battle. The ADD definitely doesn’t help, haha.

  52. Kenya F says

    Our bedroom! It needs a serious makeover. I would love to paint it a slate/grey color and new bed set. Also, organize our chaotic closet. Its a war zone in there.

  53. rachelcartucci says

    I need to install shelves and make everything in my house child proof. This house needs lots of work….and a fresh coat of paint too.

  54. erin dear (@mummadear) says

    My bathroom needs to be organized, so many products and so little room! I really like the idea of your junk cabinet and may borrow it for my own home!

  55. Sue DeChant says

    I have a few “hotspots” that tend to gather too much stuff. The use of a cupboard instead of a drawer is pretty creative!

  56. Alicia says

    We recently finished our 2000 square foot basement and all of the “stuff” that was stored down there is now crammed into one storage room that desperately needs organized! It’s the first item on my spring cleaning to-do list.

  57. says

    We recently bought a home and are still in the process of finding a place for everything. I could really use a win here so that I can get the chaos under control! Thanks for the chance.

  58. Mackenzie says

    Our computer/office area…. particularly 2 small boxes of miscellaneous-who-knows-what stuff that sits in that already small area… and paperwork files.