Kitchen Organization: Ideas for the Inside of the Cabinet Doors

Happy Monday!  I was feeling a bit under the weather last week which is why the blog and my other favorite places to share + converse on the ‘net’ – IG, FB, etc – were quiet.  I’m still not feeling 100%, but am excited to share something I’ve been working on lately…  getting my kitchen organized.

For me, organization is a never ending battle.  I never feel like everything completely has a home, but I’ve accepted that and continually try to work towards creating a more efficient, more organized home.

When Lowe’s put to me to the challenge this month to tackle the kitchen, I knew it was a win-win.  To start off, I took a step back to analyze how the space could be more organized and user-friendly for cooking and storage.  I made a few moves of pots and pans, but what I really wanted to put-to-good-use was the insides of the kitchen cabinets. All that vertical space going unused?  The ideas started to flow…

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

My kitchen isn’t small, but it isn’t huge either.  With no pantry or extra storage for food, I’m always thinking about how to best store the food / “pantry items” in the cabinets.  For the most part, we eat real food / very little processed food.  That means no snacks that have to be stored for a long period of time because the food I buy has little “shelf time”.  Good for me, that the food we buy takes up less shelf area.  Bad for me, I go food shopping a lot.

Anyway, there is one large cabinet that all the food is stored in.  It’s a large cabinet at about 30″ wide with (2) doors.  Take a look…

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netdon’t you just love peaking into other peoples cabinets??? What are they eating?  What do they buy?  We use a lot of coconut oil – 3 jars right there in front.

Great change, right?!  Nothing from this space had to go, but instead everything was reorganized to be easier to get at in an instant.

Let me show you a bit more of what I did…

On the inside of the left cabinet, I lined the inset panel with stylish geometric patterned contact paper.  Similar to what I did for my TV cabinet back in the Summer.  I purchased the roll of contact paper at TJ Maxx for about $5 – what a great score.

Once I aligned the contact paper on the cabinet and pulled off the backing, I used a straight edge to trim the excess.

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

Once the contact paper was adhered, it was time to dress it up.

Before my interior cabinet updo, I never had a great place for spice storage, so that was a major need on my list.  I looked around for pre-made styles, but nothing fit the bill just right, so I made my own.  I’ll show you more on that in an upcoming tutorial, but this is the result…

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

For less than $8, I created 2 fit-to-size wood spice racks.

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

At the top of the interior of the cabinet, I added a half round piece of trim, which I then added metal screw-in hooks to.

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

I attached the half round piece of trim + the newly made wood spice holders using a very very very strong adhesive – Loctite Epoxy Instant Mix.  Basically it’s two formulas that mix together and provide a major adhesive mixture. DO NOT TOUCH IT.  I carefully applied the mixture to the back of the trim and spice holder, then placed it on the interior of the cabinet.  I held it in place for about 3-5 minutes until it was completely adhered to the surface.  I will be honest, the wood started to slide a few times, but I was close by and slid it back into place.  There are other epoxy mixtures that dry even quicker – 1 minute of less.

DIY: Wood Spice Rach Holder for inside the kitchen cabinets; Less than $8 to make, in 15 minutes by @Jenna_Burger,

It really is the perfect spot to hang many of the kitchen utensils.  Here’s the result…

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

Heading over to the other cabinet, the right side, I added a decorative magnetic metal sheet that I found at Lowe’s and adhered it to the inset panel with 3M 77 Multipurpose Adhesive.  I sprayed the adhesive outside on a towel and then ran brought it indoors and positioned it.  All went to plan and my fingers only stuck together a little, phew…

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

Having the magnetic sheet on the inside of the cabinet door has been GREAT! This large vertical spot is great to keep my grocery list, to do’s with the kids, and of course our random chinese fortunes…

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

For the interior of the cabinets, I took everything out and simply organized it all.  Well, it wasn’t simple, but it sure was worth it!  For things that could be grouped – like snacks, baking supplies, medicines, teas, etc. – I added bins and labeled them with washi tape.  So easy.  The bins are from ClosetMaid available at Target and they are leftovers from when I reorganized the kids rooms.  They are the ideal size for a typical kitchen cabinet.

For the rest of the food items, I grouped them and organized them as I saw best for how / when I would use them.  Really no rhyme or reason…

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

On to the other large cabinet, the space that holds ALL the dishes.  Another material that I thought would be extra helpful in staying organized in the kitchen was cork.  I purchased a roll of cork and double layered it, then added it to the inside panel of the cabinet interior, again using the 3M Multipurpose Adhesive.

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

This is such a great spot for the school calendar, plus random coupons, and reminders.  I also use the cork board when following a recipe.  I pin it on the board and it’s right in front ready to follow as I’m prepping.

Also on this inside cabinet, I added another half round trim piece for added storage.  Right now all I have is a pin with a pen hanging, but it can be used for so many other things.  Maybe more kitchen utensils???

Here is the result of my kitchen organization, with all the doors open…

Kitchen Organization: Ideas for storage on the inside of the kitchen cabinets by @Jenna_Burger,

Inside and out, I’m loving this space.

If you haven’t been following along with my blog from the beginning, you might not know that I redid the entire kitchen by hand (total down-and-dirty do it yourself) a little over 2 years ago.  It included painting cabinets, painting the countertop, adding backsplash tile, adding decorative brackets,and more.  See the before and after by clicking here.

I’m still on a path for more organization, but I feel one step closer to a more efficient space.  On to the next room…

I truly love using every square inch of a space.  Vertical surfaces often are forgotten as the ideal spot for storage.  If you use all the interiors of your kitchen cabinets, how much more could you store??  Ask yourself.

To gather even more unique, fun, and creative ideas for your indoor and outdoor Fall and Winter spaces, I would definitely suggest downloading the Lowe’s Creative Ideas app on the iphone and ipad.  I’m always checking out the FREE app for great seasonal + do-it-yourself inspiration.

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Also consider following Lowe’s on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram as well.

 Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine! Fall Blogger Badge 1

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  1. Elaine says

    I will be looking forward to the instructions for a spice holder. If it is easy, I might make several. Spices take up so much room!

  2. says

    Great Job Jenna! I immediately pinned it to my board “Kitchen Storage and Organization”, one that is proving to be very popular on Pinterest!Hope you get lots of exposure from it. Julia

  3. says

    Great ideas! I threw some Command Hooks on the inside of my spice cabinet door a while back. Now one set of measuring cups and spoons is always handy where I need them, along with the ever-present corkscrew!

    I love the idea of something pretty on the inside of the cabinet doors. Maybe even on the outside? I can’t paint my cabinets, but I COULD dress them up a bit ;)

  4. Laura Pokas says

    A definite “pinnable” post. Can you tell me how you attached the half round molding at the top of the inside door?

  5. Mona says

    Don’t you just love the feeling of “lightness of the brain”, sorry but that is a good definition of how a person feels once you get an area organized.
    You now know where things are and time spent trying to locate items are no longer a worry or stress. I live to organize , I can’t cure Cancer, but I can keep my family on the right track which makes us all feel better :-) Your kitchen looks great

  6. Missy says

    Excellent idea! Sure wish I was creative like you. You asked a question about loving to look inside other peoples cupboards. My answer is YES. I sure would like to see the inside of your lower cabinets also. I have so few cabinets and have absolutely no idea how to arrange them or choose what I need to store upstairs in my spare room.

  7. Karen Jones says

    Such brilliant organizational ideas! It would be such a thing if your kitchen was treated to such radical revamp. I so envy a properly structured kitchen setup. Thanks for sharing this insightful post with us!

  8. Donna Bauer says

    Can you tell me how you attached your spice shelves to the cabinet doors? I really like how you made your cabinet doors both pretty and functional.

    • Jenna says

      I forgot the specifics of that in the post, but it’s been updated for you to take a look… I used Loctite Epoxy Instant Mix to adhere the half round moulding + the spice racks.

  9. Donna says

    I recently installed the stickers hooks inside by cabinet doors (great idea) and I love it. However, everything clangs and makes annoying noise throughout the day. I’m in the kitchen a lot and when opening or closing it sounds and looks like the utensils will fall off he hooks. Any idea if I could put something behind each utensil to stop the noise. My family hates opening and closing cupboard. We did not use the wooden piece or the hooks you used so the utensils are touching the inside cupboard door.
    Thanks for any suggestions

  10. Alexandra Myers says

    Wow… You have done a great job. I want this for my cupboards! The best l’ve seen. You’ve inspired me. Thank you for taking the time and effort to post such a detailed blog.

    • Jenna says

      No, I did not have to cut the shelf back for the door to close, but instead I made sure to hang the spice rack so when the door closed it would not interfere with the shelf but instead close where the void space is. As for the wooden spoons, the depth was minimal and since the shelves are set back about an inch there was enough room for the door to close.

  11. Marianne says

    Love your ideas! Here’s another great and creative in cabinet storage product (which my husband developed). I have 3 in my cabinets….one for baby bottles, one for shaker bottles and one for travel coffee cups. As a mother of 3, I find that we always have a need to get more organized and find a specific spot for items like these. I love the storage just inside the cabinets and the ZERO G product makes it easy.

  12. Ale says

    Love your kitchen. Everything the color of the cabinets the counter top and the color of your wall. I think I have to do that. But what I love the most is your organization ideas. Tfs.

  13. Yoda says

    I love using the inside of my cupboards too. But, having learned from experience, I don’t see any way your cupboard doors close with the spoons etc hanging there. Your shelves come all the way to the door I messed up like this once, too.

    • Jenna says

      The doors absolutely close with the spoons hanging! The doors are an overlay style and my shelves are set back past the “box” of the cabinet, so about 1″ is there for the spoons to sit. The spice racks were placed so they fit within the cabinet when the door is closed. Items can’t sit too close to the door so it can close, but it all works as shown!!!

      • Yoda says

        Cool! The pictures don’t show the recess, and I know I had a problem with that. Glad yours worked out!! I love my spice racks on the door. I also have (more!) in a drawer :)

    • Jenna says

      Being totally honest, I wish I hadn’t used the contact paper first and instead paint or a stencil to add color & depth. The contact paper has started to peel at the edges, but overall it HAS held up in the past years. I am thinking about tackling an entire kitchen makeover in the near future, so I’ll be able to start from scratch anyway. Thanks for raeaching out!


  14. Tayyibah says

    Once you added the spice rack and utensil rack did you have a problem closing the cabinet? I’m afraid that my cabinets won’t be able to close if I add racks on the door!

    • Jenna says

      I made sure the spice rack wasn’t in the way of the shelves, so it could close properly. Plus it was slightly smaller than the cabinet width. When the door closes, the spice rack will take up few inches inside the cabinet cavity so there can’t be anything in the way of it closing. It takes up a bit of space in the cabinet, but it provides a lot of storage space at the same time for spices!


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