Cork board behind pantry door

Our fridge can be seen in most living areas of the house – dining room, lounge room and walk through area.  When it has bits of paper clipped or attached to the fridge with magnets it begins to look untidy and messy.  It’s a personal preference of mine that I prefer not to keep anything on the fridge except for a piece of artwork from the kids and very important papers that need to be dealt with that day.  Eg Notes to go to school or mail to post.

I did have our meal planner and grocery list on the fridge, however with our new pantry makeover I have placed a pin board behind the pantry door.  This is what the pantry door looked like before:

I purchased a cork board for $4 from a local discount store.  I spray painted the frame of the cork board white, placing junk mail over the cork to protect while spraying.

I added 3M Velcro strips to the back of the cork board to attach to the pantry door.

I covered two A5 clipboards I purchased from Officeworks in scrapbook paper.  I found this paper at Spotlight.  

I glued them to the cork board.  The clipboards hold our new weekly meal planner and shopping lists.  

‘Whats for Dinner’ meal plan & shopping list printable available HERE


Added the kids responsibility chart, I updated the charts with chevron designs to match the clipboards.  

I also spray painted a used curry tin and glued it to the cork to hold pens and pegs

I then added some twine and mini pegs (from kikki.k) to hold recipes I would like to cook

 Our end result!

I must admit though after using the shopping list above for the past few weeks, I will be converting back to our previous grocery list, it’s so much easier to tick boxes and make sure that I don’t forget anything while shopping.




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Rachel Devine August 21, 2012 - 10:12 AM

So how much would you charge to come and make over my house? Can I pay you in photos? My goodness you have inspired me.

Katrina August 21, 2012 - 10:15 AM

LOL, now that is an attempting offer Rachel 🙂 Missed you in NY x

Nadia - The Everyday Blessings August 21, 2012 - 10:53 AM

I LOVE this idea!!!! Makes me wish I had a proper walk in pantry to do this, but I just have large cupboards with double doors. Maybe I can think of somewhere else to put it…..

Suzy August 21, 2012 - 1:24 PM

Nadia, I have the same type of pantry as you, so my version of this is to stickytape my shopping list and meal list to the back of the door (I just start a new list each week with new stickytape, and it doesn’t leave any residue or damage the cupboard at all). I stick a pen there with blutack too. I also use this space to stick notes/reminders for myself eg things to look for next time I’m shopping at Target/Kmart. I have my kids chores lists and reminders lists stuck on the end of my pantry (which isn’t visible to the rest of the house), but you could also stick those on the back of the pantry door.

Lisa Warren August 21, 2012 - 11:13 AM

That looks fantastic Katrina! Great thinking reusing the mustard tin…I would have thought you purchased something fancy if you hadn’t told us.

Christine S August 21, 2012 - 11:18 AM

I LOVE~LOVE~LOVE this idea. I’ve been looking for something to do on the inside of our pantry door and was thinking cork boards. I love that you have written out the dishwasher chores (my three take turns like that too – top shelf/bottom shelf/cutlery). Would save arguments over whose turn to do what I would imagine.
I don’t like anything on my fridge either, except black & white photos of family and friends mixed with red quotes/sayings etc that I have printed out laminated and glued magnets to the back. And on the sides I have my meal planner/kids music lesson timetables etc. But it is impracticle to have on the side because my fridge is in an alcove and can’t be seen easily. Love this idea so much I am going to get the bits and pieces today and make it this afternoon.

StaceyLeeGetonwithitalready August 21, 2012 - 5:59 PM

Beautiful co-ordinating of the colours! Looks very serene considering it holds a lot of items

Kylie Whittaker August 21, 2012 - 8:27 PM

I love the curry tin idea!!! The whole little makeover looks great!!

Pippa Smith Waddell August 23, 2012 - 12:01 PM

Brilliant idea! I too am slightly OCD about my fridge so this is a great way to stay organised 🙂 Thanks!

Sandy August 25, 2012 - 2:29 PM

Wow! that looks amazing – job well done!

Maree Weeks August 27, 2012 - 11:58 AM

Will be doing this in our new place next year!!!

Nicole Llewellyn August 29, 2012 - 11:43 AM

what are the measurements of the cork board please Katrina?

Helen September 6, 2012 - 4:34 PM

I love this! In our previous house we had a black board painted on the each pantry door, one for shopping and one for meals – it was fantastic and used by all in house (I’d often just take a photo of shopping list before heading out to shops). But we have a new kitchen now and I don’t like the idea of painting any doors with blackboard paint!

Kim Houstein September 7, 2012 - 10:12 PM

Katrina, I would add one more list, but it doesn’t need to be as big as the other two, but for those mums who do work and need to use freezer meals on busy days, long days, extracurricular days… Many people either have a freezer that is difficult to see to the back, or an extra one out in the garage. Another tick chart perhaps, SOMETHING to help us know what is in there, and when to cook another batch of spag bog, stew or whatever other freezer surprises we rely on… what do you think?
I have seen one where you cross off as you take something from the freezer too…

Narelle Van Reyk September 12, 2012 - 7:12 PM

Love it! This will be my project for this weekend!

Anastasia Hammond September 25, 2012 - 4:05 PM

When (if it happens haha) I get a pantry I am so doing this. At the moment nowhere to really put it.. Except maybe the back of the kitchen door, as that doesn’t get seen much. But the plan is to remove that and put a sliding door in, which might not work so well 🙂

Renee September 1, 2013 - 4:20 AM

How big of a cork board did you use? I live in a mobile home so everything, including our doors, are smaller than usual. I love this idea and want to copy it but finding it difficult to find a cork board big enough to make it worth while.

KayJay February 2, 2014 - 7:55 PM

Hi! I loved this idea so much, I ran out to office works yesterday and made my own last night – it was easy and looks pretty cool – thanks!!!


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