For the first time since we moved in we have a pantry in the kitchen!!! Yay! I don’t have any before pics of it…just be thankful you can’t see or smell the before. A day or two after we moved in my sweet girlfriend Elise helped me take down the colonial blue contact paper in an attempt to unpack things but sadly it was far from needing new contact paper! The shelves were water damaged from who knows what and the kitchen pantry had definitely been visited by a few small four legged creatures coming up from the crawl space under it. So all we did was plug the holes and close the door…until this past weekend.
Our master bedroom is finally done and after a few failed craigslist trips to finish furnishing it we didn’t have any time left to start a new project so I asked Jason if he could help me finish the pantry. He covered the walls with bead board and trimmed them out with some pine wood. He added some melamine shelves we have left over from our old master closet which is now Tucker’s room. Then we primed and painted everything white. The project was free (woo hoo) because we were able to use scraps from the garage. Sadly, we had to buy a new water heater last week which took all and more of my new master bedroom rug and chair budget:(. FYI: Oil water heaters are VERY expensive and only last 6-7 years. We now have a new electric one as of last Tuesday night:). Thank goodness for hot water!!! I felt like I was camping in my house washing dishes with cold water and boiling water for baths.
Our new kitchen pantry is perfect for helping me get more organized in our kitchen. It holds many of my kitchen appliances. The white wire shelves hold Moose‘s supplies and some vases for fresh flowers.
I finally have all my pitchers, coffee carafes and water jugs together in one place. I even have an empty shelf left over!
It’s amazing how one very small closet can fit SO MUCH! With the extra space I was also able to organize some of my other kitchen cabinets. It’s like a whole new kitchen:). I now have a pullout for my empty Ball Jars!
Here’s another newly organized cabinet for my baking supplies and big plates and platters.
My glasses and mug cabinet.
The organization even moved into the dining room where I rearranged my dining room hutch.
I added some Japanese Pieris flowers from my yard to the glass jug ( which is an up-cycled apple juice bottle) on my dining table. I was inspired by my blogging friend Karen who added some to an urn for her Spring coffee table.
Aren’t they beautiful? I had never thought to bring pieris flowers in before and I think I will every spring from now on! Can you believe how one tiny kitchen pantry inspired so much organizing:). I also filled two bags for the thrift store that I plan to donate later today. It’s amazing how simple changes make such huge impacts! Here’s hoping this spring organizing moves into some more rooms…like my laundry room to the left of this pic:).
Thanks so much for stopping by to see our new kitchen pantry!
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