Some girls fall asleep imagining their dream wedding. I fall asleep imagining my dream pantry. My dream finally came true, and our tiny little pantry doubled in size. The before and after will blow your mind!
I cook a healthy dinner for my family every night. Twice a month, we will order pizza or go out for dinner, but for the most part, Mamma cooks. We eat healthy, and we go through a lot of food. The pantry was stuffed to the gills, not functional at all, and was in extreme need of an update. Other necessary home projects came first, so I was a happy camper when it was time for the pantry makeover. I had been collecting pantry inspiration on Pinterest and also on Houzz. Words cannot describe how happy I am with the transformation. Are you ready for the before and after?
The pantry was set up with square shelves and measuring 25″x20″x96″. It was difficult to find anything, even despite my best attempts at organizing.
The room beside the kitchen used to be the original dining room, until a dedicated dining room was added to the house back in the 1980’s. This room is one of those small bonus rooms, and we use it as a library. It has a weird, awkward corner with not much purpose. Perfect for the pantry expansion!
We (“we” being our PM Chris and his men who completed the project) knocked down the wall and pushed the existing pantry out into the awkward space, making it over twice the original size.
The new pantry has doubled in size. Are you ready to peek inside?
The pantry is now more than double the size, measuring 25″x46″x96″. Instead of square shelves, the new pantry has “horseshoe” shaped shelves so you can actually step into the pantry to retrieve your items.
While I could easily edit 90% of the items in the pantry and show you pretty pictures of one box of cereal and two bottles of Perrier, that’s not me. I’m not going to show you beautifully staged “after” photos. You get the real me, and a real pantry that a real family uses.
A lazy susan is my favorite go-to. Baskets easily corral pouches, bread, chips, and other unstackable items.
Stepson’s lunch items and snacks are kept in one place with stackable wire baskets.
A riser and basket are all that are needed for a coffee, tea, and hot chocolate vignette. Hubby – “Where’s the coffee now?” Me – “It’s in the coffee, tea, and hot chocolate vignette.” Hubby – “Um… it looks like a basket to me.” Smile.
Three tiered expandable risers from The Container Store make organizing canned goods a breeze.
When the pantry was finished, Hubby offered to help put the food back. I graciously thanked him, but this is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. This is my happy place. There are days I open the door and just look in. I still can’t believe it’s finally complete. Ooohhh. Not quite complete. The floor will be replaced when the kitchen floor is replaced in the next month or so, and I’m still working on some more DIY organization projects for the top of the pantry and the bottom.
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