My kitchen pantry, although a decent size, has always bugged me. What specifically bugged me were the shelves. They were wire, which meant that small things used to fall through them all the time. And they also sagged when anything heavy was placed on them, which meant it was hard to stack anything up. The result was a very disorganized space. Don’t believe me? here are two BEFORE pictures:
Ugh. What a mess! The pictures don’t do the saggy shelves justice, but let me assure you… they sagged. Especially the shelf with the canned goods!
Last week I had a bit of a meltdown and decided the builder-grade wire shelves had to go. And being impatient as i am, they had to go right. that. very. minute. So I took everything out of the pantry and ripped out the wire shelves.
That left me with 60 quarter inch holes to fill with drywall filler. I didn’t think about that when I started (which is why you should never rip out an entire pantry on an impulse – haha). So I stayed up until Midnight filling 60 large holes, waiting for the filler to dry, sanding, and applying a second coat, waiting for that to dry, and sanding one last time. Whew. I went to bed Wednesday night dirty and covered in drywall dust, exhausted, food scattered all over my house, and seriously thinking I had made a very bad mistake.
Oh well, it was too late to turn back!
I used the Rubbermaid Twin Pack Upright supports so that I would have the ability to adjust my shelf height at any given time as my organization style changes. As for the wood shelves, I had them cut for me at Home Depot. Did you know Home Depot will cut lumber for FREE??? I love that place!
Since I was starting from scratch, I also decided to add two additional shelves along the longer wall of the pantry. This gave me 8 1/2 additional feet of shelf space. Woohoo!
Here are a few pictures of my newly organized pantry with new wood shelves! Let’s take the tour:
Standing outside the pantry.
I bought these can organizers a few months ago and I HIGHLY recommend them. If you are interested in purchasing some or learning more about them, please click here. They have allowed me to triple the amount of canned goods I can store. But the best part is I can organize my cans by age (newest in the back) and access whatever I need without a bunch of cans falling off the shelves onto my feet!
Close ups of some of the shelves.
I already had some Rubbermaid Modular organizers and LOVED them, so I bought a bunch more. I mainly store flours, sugars, pasta, rice, beans, and baking goods (chocolate chips, coconut, etc.) in them. I love them because they stack very neatly and have a consistent look, which really helps with reducing the cluttered look that my pantry used to have.
I added an additional shelf at the bottom of my pantry, which allows me to store extra food, my travel cooler, dog bowls and treats, potatoes, and extra canning jars. Before I had to sort of pile these on top of each other, which was a real pain and made it hard to access anything.
All in all, I am so very happy with the way my pantry turned out that I am absolutely giddy! Hey, it is the little things that make me happy. :) Is it perfect? Would it be featured in House Beautiful magazine? No… but it works for me and that is all I care about.
What organizational projects have you been working on lately? If you have blogged about them, please share a link in the comments. I am looking for inspiration for my next projects!
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