I mentioned in my last post that we’ve been working on finishing some of the smaller projects and details of our kitchen renovation. This week it was PROJECT PANTRY. It’s been functional for a while but there were a few final details to be wrapped up. I still need a few things like labels for the dry goods and some hooks to hang a dust pan on but I just couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you. This was a fun project for me because I was able to get creative and really improve this space – functionally and visually.
To be honest I hardly even noticed the pantry when we were considering buying the house. I guess that’s understandable when you think back to what this house looked like on day one.
Once we moved in though I quickly realized that for a house with so much storage that the closets and pantry on the first floor were almost useless. I knew we’d be doing the kitchen at some point so we just lived with it as is for a while.
Are you ready to see the before?
For those of you who don’t know me I want you to know that I am generally a VERY organized person. When things are in disarray I start to get overwhelmed and then give up.
CASE AND POINT right here.
Seriously folks I was chomping at the bit to get this project started and get some order back into our lives.
Like most things in this kitchen this space lacked so much functionality. It’s almost two feet deep, the top third of it has a slanted ceiling, and the intake vent for the HVAC on the first floor runs through the closet as well.
The first step was boxing in the intake vent with plywood. We did this for two reasons, (1) the metal was all dinged up (i.e. not pretty) and (2) to support the new shelves.
The second step was adding the shelf supports, building the drawers, and installing the drawer glides. All thanks to my husband!
One of the final changes we made was to install a pullout trash can system for our dog and cat food. Best part – now our three year old loves to feed the pets and this makes it possible for her to do independently.
After that all I had left to do was a little more painting, install hardware, and add some farmhouse goodness.
- The crates on the door were purchased at Michaels and I stained them using Weathered Oak by Miniwax.
- I originally planned to use the scrap shiplap from the kitchen to shiplap here as well but then I saw this tutorial from Lauren at Bless’er House and opted for this faux shiplap look instead. It took less than an hour and when you’re standing at the kitchen island you really can’t tell the difference.
- For the chalkboard I used Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint to paint the top panel of the door. I framed it out using some scrap wood leftover from another project. It comes in handy for keeping a running list of things to pick up at the store.
- And the most exciting part, for me anyways, was this crate I found at the thrift store a few months ago. I was so excited when it fit perfectly with the pull out trash can system we bought for our pet food.
And then the fun part, organizing and decorating!
I’ve been using these jars for years now and love them. They aren’t air tight but we cook and bake A LOT around here so things get used up pretty regularly. I had a few baskets lying around that work perfectly for some vegetable storage. Add a pop of green and done! Isn’t she pretty?
I might just leave the door open from now on!