Cookie Sheets -Their Not Just For Baking Cookies

Photo Courtesy of Clean For A Reason

Photo Courtesy of Clean For A Reason

Uses for Old (or new) Cookie Sheets

I am forever finding old cookie sheets at yard sales for around a dollar or less. I used to think “who would want to use someone else’s old cookie sheets?” It seems a bit gross putting food on them after they’ve been stored in some basement or attic. Logically, once they have been washed and sterilized they’d probably be fine. But some things are just meant to be bought new or handed down to a family member. I just can’t get past the idea of a used cooking sheet for food. My germaphobia about some things just can’t be shaken.BUT, the fact that they are a nice flat surface and are magnetic gave me all kinds of ideas what I might use them for. Here’s where this thinking took me…

These cookie sheets have been painted with chalkboard paint and decorated. www.flickr.com/sidneydeal37

These cookie sheets have been painted with chalkboard paint and decorated. http://www.flickr.com/sidneydeal37

Cut out self-adhesive shelf liner or contact paper. Be sure to apply additional adhesive to the pan first, apply the paper, and then use a squeegee or ruler to flatten and remove air bubbles. Quickly wipe up any glue that comes to the edge during squeegee process. Cover a soup can with decorative paper or matching contact paper and super glue it to the pan. Decorate magnets to match and you have a great message center for your family.

Sand and then clean your old cookie sheet. Decorate with self-adhesive shelf liner or contact paper. Photo courtesy of www.underthetuliptree.com

Sand and then clean your old cookie sheet. Decorate with self-adhesive shelf liner or contact paper. Photo courtesy of www.underthetuliptree.com

Cookie Sheet Calendars using magnetic months and letters.

Cookie Sheet Calendars using magnetic months and letters.

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BAKING SHEET STORAGE IDEAS

When you're short on storage for your baking pans a large decorative basket works great and looks nice.

When you’re short on storage for your baking pans a large decorative basket works great and looks nice.

 

What works in your office works in your kitchen...

What works in your office works in your kitchen…

DIY Vertical Baking Pan Storage

DIY Vertical Baking Pan Storage – In the photo the boards are glued to the top and back of the cabinet which is another permanent option for installation.

DIY – To make this sheet storage I used Scrabble tile holders and adhered them with wood glue to the bottom of my cabinet. Then I took thin particle boards, cut them and stained them with leftover stain. I found a board in the garage and measured it to fit inside the cabinet that could sit on the edges on top of each particle board and created another shelf, staining it to match. I then stood the particle boards up as I wanted them to remain (propping them up with bricks). I gently put the board above them and drew lines where the particle boards met the support board above. I then ran a line of wood glue along each line and set the board back on top. After letting it set all night I removed the supporting bricks and put my baking sheets upright for much easier access and better organization. If you want to make it more permanent you can glue the particle boards to the Scrabble tile holders. I can lift the board above the particle boards out and remove them or put them back anytime I want by not gluing the bottoms in place. Your option.

RATHER THAN SCRAP IT, CLEAN IT

Use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to clean your old cookie sheets. NO scrubbing!

Use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to clean your old cookie sheets. NO scrubbing!

Hope you find this inspiring and never waste another old cookie sheet again.

Laurie

www.butterscotchtabby.com

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