I'm looking for something to put on the shelves of my
kitchen cabnets. I dislike contact paper. I was thinking of
using some kind of floor tile - it would be easy to clean, the
glue wouldn't get all nasty after a few years and it would be
lighter then the wood.
I've also considered putting down some polyurethane.
I would have to have "tackey" pointed out to me. So I was
wondering what other people used. ( Newspaper is out of the
They sell this almost rubber like lining at the 99 cent store by us. It's
very tacky (as in, it sticks, not as in it's ugly :-), and you don't need to
use glue or the sticking backing, as it basically sticks to the cabinet as
We've recently put down some kind of rubberized (maybe not really
rubber, but that kind of feel) fabric similar to what is sold to put
under mats to stop them slipping around.
It's too soon yet to know how long the stuff will last.
On 04/18/05 05:29 pm Brett Miller tossed the following ingredients into
the ever-growing pot of cybersoup:
I recently redid my kitchen floor with 'loose lay' vinyl, which does not
require glue, and lays perfectly flat. There was enough 'scrap' left over to
line all my drawers and cabinets. Color coordinated to boot!
Back when I did commercial refrigeration, a couple of the grocery stores got
rools of that stuff.(Sort of a green, rubberized "mesh").
They would always put down a new layer off it in their vegetable cases after
they cleaned them out.
I've seen it in orange and red also, which, depending on one's tastes, may
not go well with your fine china....
I know many people who use the non-skid mats, as previously mentioned.
It's available in big sizes [for area rugs] and can be cut to fit.
I realize this is sort of like newspaper, but my mother always uses
white butcher paper.
Best thing I have used is paint. Nice, alkyd semigloss. Anything laid
down as a cover eventually has to be cleaned, and costs money. Just
refaced our cabinets and put in new doors and drawers. Only "covering"
they had inside was worn paint, which was about 40 years old. Solid
wood. Cleaned them well, primed and painted. Let them cure for about a
week with fans going (I'm a perfectionist). Good 'til we are long gone
:o) No sticking, minor leak does not hurt it, wipe out easily.
Paper and plastic stuff allow crumbs and spills to collect underneath,
which invites bugs. This is Florida.
-> I'm looking for something to put on the shelves of my-> kitchen cabnets. I dislike contact paper. I was thinking of-> using some kind of floor tile - it would be easy to clean, the-> glue wouldn't get all nasty after a few years and it would be-> lighter then the wood.-> I've also considered putting down some polyurethane. -> I would have to have "tackey" pointed out to me. So I was-> wondering what other people used. ( Newspaper is out of the-> question also.)-> -> BM
Many people use peel and stick floor tiles in their
cabinets. You can usually buy "leftovers" at the floors
where they're sold. Or, if you have enough cabinets,
buy a whole box.
I plan to do this some day. (I'm an accomplished
I never understood why people feel the need to put down shelf paper, or
variations thereof. As long as shelves are clean, what is the point? Or is
it one of those things their mother did, so they think it is required in
order to be considered a 'proper' housekeeper? Maybe in a glass-front
cabinet displaying fancy china, if the existing shelves were scarred up, but
I would go with a careful repaint as described above. (and only if SWMBO
insisted on it....)
something that allows an upsidedown glass/bowl/whatever in the cupboard to
breathe, drain, and dry. the stuff i use is rubberized and comes in rolls
from almost any store that sells shelf/contact paper.
anything else is simply cosmetic and im sure you can decide what you like
the looks of.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.