Pallet shelves and mason jar organization
The 25-page rough draft of my master’s thesis is finished and turned in after five weeks of heavy life consumption. Only two more chapters and a massive expansion of the whole thing to go! Luckily, that won’t happen until next fall. I have the rest of this semester and next semester to catch up with some electives before getting back to the core classes of my MSA program.
So! How to celebrate? Since I know none of you are interested in reading my analysis of factors that push mid-Michigan residents to shop at a cooperative grocery store, how about a pallet board and mason jar storage craft? This one was pretty easy, and cost very little. I actually created this project when I first moved into my apartment, I just hadn’t gotten around to posting it until now.
Cute and functional. The pallet wood was salvaged, and completely free, and the brackets were $.97 from the Home Depot. Jake (my boyfriend) and I screwed the brackets onto the wood and then drilled them into the wall, using a level of course.
If you’ve read this blog before, you’ve gathered that that I am a big pallet and mason jar fan. The possibilities are almost endless. And, if you happened to catch the summary of my thesis research I mentioned above (pop quiz!), you’ll notice I really like cooperative grocery stores as well. My co-op, GreenTree, sells tons and tons of organic goodies in bulk — lentils, garbanzo beans, popcorn, rice, flour, sugar, seeds, beans, pasta — there’s an entire wall of bulk items. So mason jars and a homemade storage unit seemed like the easiest, cheapest and most eye-pleasing idea.
Spray each lid with two coats of chalkboard paint, let it dry, and use either chalk or a chalk pen to label. Storage that’s both functional and pretty. So now I want to know- how do you store your dry, bulk goods? I’m still getting the hang of this “having a real kitchen” thing, even after four years of apartment living.
As always, thanks for reading!