This past year I spent so much time looking at blogged Pantry Makeovers!! I could NOT get enough of them, each one better than the last. I could hardly decide how I was going to DIY My own pantry, as I saw through new eyes how ugly and unorganized it was in comparison. I had a bad case of Pantry Envy. During a week when Captain was off man-camping , I decided NOW is my chance to “do it” or rather ‘REdo it.’ Our Pantry is not a large area and is located behind the door of the laundry room. This redo pantry is mainly for cans and boxed food storage, no spices, but lots of other stuff plus laundry hanging. So this should be simple. Simple…but it had to match the gorgeous redo’s that others’ had blogged. Simple, because I had only 4 days to complete it, before everyone would be home. As you will see, the Pantry DIY turned out to be both Simple and Affordable and such a fun & dramatic update. A trip to the pantry for a can of soup has never been so enjoyable. Seriously!
First the BEFORE (I honestly thought that this was organized!)
Ha, I was shocked to see how dirty and dark it was too…
Dining table was the pantry during DIY.
I decided on a Black & White scheme. Repainted everything bright white and adhered FABRIC to the back wall of shelves. It has french words in white and a little gold on a chalkboard looking black background. Fabric from Joann’s Fabric, with 50% off coupon.
I used Krylon spray adhesive to glue fabric to wall. It is very secure but removable. I added (Lowe’s) quarter trim to wall edge of fabric & 1″ flat foam molding to front edges of shelves to buff up the look – BIG DIFFERENCE! Immediate gratification. I bought a sisal rug trimmed in black at Home Goods to put between washer/dryer and the pantry doors.
AFTER…Oh soooo Nice….
Top shelf on one side is organized with all my baking pans and big serving platters, finally, using 2 simple vertical racks. That freed up room in a big kitchen cabinet for pots and pans. “Happiness Is Homemade,” a clear decal I found at Dollar Tree, is added to the back of one shelf wall. Laundry hanging side now is pretty with new B&W ironing board. Iron and ironing supplies are kept together in a metal hanging container on the wall across from board.
The shelf paper is a new product that is a black spongy foam, it is machine washable, altho I don’t see that ever happening. It’s matte black color looks contemporary. I had most of the containers & baskets already, I know, kinda addicted to those containers. tip: use tall thin Ball jars to hold dry soup mixtures. Pour carefully so the pretty layers of ingredients stay as packaged. Put instructions inside. I added chalkboard labels for fun and painted (whoops, this photo is pre-paint) a wood crate black to hold BULK laundry soap/softener/bleach etc on floor. The bottom right floor box holds misc mason jar lids and picnic good. Love its chalkboard look, got that at Home Goods.
1 year update: this pantry has managed to stay neat & organized – since my pantry is so organized & is so pretty, I obsess to keep it that way!
What blog DIY project has inspired you recently to update your space?