How can you not just smile when you open the doors to silly, upbeat colors, neatly organized bins and lots of new space? Short answer? You can’t help but grin. Today I’m super happy to present my pantry makeover reveal.
Here’s a quick trip down memory lane…The pantry doorway was the original entry into the 3rd bedroom, aka my office. Last fall we changed up the floor plan by taking the doorway and the tiny bedroom closet and making it into a kitchen pantry. You might recognize the shot below from my “where we were” tab. Sorry about the dark shot but it was pre-blog and I took the pic at night. You’ll see my son painting in the pantry (Gotta love child labor!). On the left before the front door you’ll see the new entryway to the 3rd bedroom. It’s arched to match the rest of the doorways and eventually I’ll put a sliding barn door style door on it.
Painting the new pantry shelvesWhen we built the closet and shelves they went across the pantry only. There was precious potential shelf space that was just not utilized. Basically wasted space.
I figured by adding shelves to this side of the pantry I’d increase my storage space by 30%! I’ve been thinking about this for about 2 months now. So…did you read the post before this? Grrrrinn! Needless to say I came home pretty empowered, as in if I can walk a high aerial adventure, I can build some shelves. Right? So I built them.
And I added lots of cheery color all the way round the pantry and up to the ceiling. One neat trick for making a room seem much taller is playing up the height by bringing the eyes up. Our ceilings are all standard 1950’s kind of low and this is one way I make the illusion of a bigger space.
Here’s another shot of the pantry shelves. I cannot believe what a difference the extra space makes.
And the storage? Custom crates, shelf baskets and pet food containers will keep the clutter away and things in their place.
The crates are actually 2 stacked with a contraption to keep them from falling into each other. The top slides back for easy access to the lower one.
My final touch was using the open wall to the right to place hanging spice racks. I love these! No more digging in the back of cabinets way up on my tippy toes to find that one spice that ALWAYS seems to be in the back!
I’ll post the DIY instructions for building the shelves, how I painted the walls and making the crates in a few follow up posts. Until then, I’m signing off. My son turns 17 today and I have a cake to bake & a party to make!
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