Where do you store your fresh fruits? We keep them on our kitchen counter in a bowl. Most of the time, we have multiple bowls of fruits and additionally melon or cantaloupe would sit on the counter too. It was crowded for sure. To clear up some counter space I decided to make this wall mounted storage for fruits. Occasionally, it will be used to store veggies and bread as well.
If you live in a small apt or home with small kitchen space, this wall storage is a great space saver. Another best part of this storage is that the baskets are removable. You can also use the same baskets to wash the freshly bought fruits in the kitchen sink before hanging.
- 1/2″ Plywood or MDF
- Metal baskets – 2 nos
- 3/8″ x 3/4″ Hardwood Panel Moulding – 1no
- 1/2″thk ply
- 1 ” wood screws
- Screw Hooks – 4 nos
- Paint of your choice
- 3mm thick craft ply – 4″x12″ (decorative)
- Tack nails – 4 nos (decorative)
- Miter box saw
- Wood glue
- Power drill
- Paint brush
DIY Wall mounted Fruit & Veggie Storage
Step – 1: Cut all the wood pieces
Mark and cut the necessary pieces according to he cut list shown below.
This storage is going to be really heavy once loaded with fruits or veggies. So, In order to mount the storage I chose to make a french cleat with wood. Its a very simple and easy method to mount any item on your wall. It can be store-bought made of extruded aluminum or cut out of plywood. I decided to cut out of 1/2″ Plywood to reduce the build cost and also simply to try 45 degree cut in my jigsaw!.
To make a cleat, you need two pieces of ply with 45deg angle cut on one side. Bottom piece will be fixed to the wall and the top piece to the storage. To mount the storage, you simply let the top cleat sit over the bottom piece. It will fit snug like two puzzle pieces.
Step – 2 : Install mount
On the rear side of the MDF board, I first installed the top cleat. Position the cleat 2 inches from top end of MDF and secure it with wood glue. Then predrill and attach with 1″ screws. Remember to level the cleat before attaching. Next, In the same way, I added the support wood piece 2 inch from bottom.
On front, I positioned the baskets on the board. Once convinced with the locations, I added the moulding strips for each basket. These strips will keep the basket from tilting down when we hang it on the hooks. At this stage I also pre-drilled holes for the hooks.
Step – 3 : Personalize
I painted my board grey and painted the hooks with rose gold same as baskets. On top, I added the 3mm craft ply with wood glue and secured with upholstery tack nail on four corners (Its purely for decorative purpose).Then, comes the personalized vinyl text with shadow effect. All credits to the Cricut machine. Usually for such projects, I would draw the required texts and paint over them. But Cricut made my work so easy. For more projects done using cricut click here.
Shadow effect using Cricut: You simply have to cut the same text twice in same size but with two different colors. One is the actual text color and other in black for shadow effect. First, position and apply the shadow text at center. Then, apply the actual color text on top of it with little overlap depending upon the direction you want the shadow to be.
Step – 4 : Mount on wall
Predrill on the wall and on the bottom piece of cleat. Secure it with 1-1/2″ screws. Use dry wall anchors if the stud didn’t coincide with your mounting location. Remember to check level before installing the cleat. Mount the storage on the wall cleat.
Finally, time to load the baskets with fruits!