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Newly Organized Pantry Closet: Guest Remodel

25 August 2010

Decor Chick has been calling things to order.  Namely in the pantry closet where there was much need of it.  Who dosen't need a little order and tidying up in that department anyway?  See how she accomplished great things with a little order in her pantry closet.

 Well, well well!  I never thought I could love a pantry as much as I do now.  Actually, I never thought I would even give the pantry a makeover.  After all, it’sjust a pantry.  But boy oh boy, how life changing this makeover was.  Seriously.
Let me first give props and a BIG thank you to my Dad.  He really is a brilliant guy.  Now you all know where I get it from.  Haha, JUST KIDDING.  Sort of.   :)  Anyway, he helped me a lot with this project and is the mastermind behind the new shelf/carousel design.  I will show you them later, and I will also write a separate post just about these shelves.  They are that awesome.  And if you decide you want some, which I know you will, he is even selling them now and can ship you some!  Update: Click HERE to read the post with all of the information about the carousels.
Ok, so here is our pantry before.   I love embarrassing myself.
We don’t live like pigs I promise.  And no, we didn’t trash the pantry so I could get some good before shots.  Sadly, it’s been like this for forever.
So instead of me showing you the afters right away, I’m going to take you on a little journey first of what we did to the pantry. Don’t hate me.
First off, I removed everything.  Put all your stuff in boxes and not all over your kitchen counters.  That’s what I would have done originally if my Dad didn’t make me get a box.  But yes of course he was right.
When the pantry was emptied my dad put up beadboard wallpaper for me.  I helped a little by smoothing out the occasional air bubble. :)  I already had a roll of it from another project, but I did end up having to buy 1 more roll for $15 so we could finish the top of the pantry.  While he was wallpapering, I did touch up our shelves with paint. :)
Sorry, in that last photo the paper was still wet, but that’s the only one I took with the whole pantry wallpapered.
Here is the wallpaper I used and got it from Lowe’s.
Next up came the installation of the amazing shelves/carousels my Dad designed and made.  Here is a picture of what they look like.
Don’t let the picture fool you.  These beauties are 20 inches in diameter!
I actually did install them, with supervision of course. :)  It was very easy though.
I drilled all of the holes first.  Here they are after they are installed.
Aren’t those awesome?!?!  They aren’t your typical “lazy susans,” trust me.  Anything made by my Dad is top notch.  They aren’t plastic, won’t bend or wobble, and spin so silently and smoothly.  You can put a TON of weight on these and it won’t affect anything.  They really are awesome.
Ok, so now what you’ve been waiting for!  Here are some pictures of the new pantry.
YES!!  Can you believe that’s the same pantry?  It’s like total peace going in there now.  I know that sounds strange, but everyone operates better when things are neatly organized.  I need these shelves in every cabinet in the house now!
I’ll show you some more afters in a second.  I just wanted to show you the cuteness I had to add to the pantry first. :)  I really LOVED the way Shelley at House of Smith’sorganized her pantry makeover.  It’s just beautiful and so I used a few of her tips for organizing.
I did get the same big glass canisters from Wal-Mart, and all of the other new glass jars and plastic containers you see are from Ikea.  They are all really cheap.  About $6 for the big ones at Wal-Mart, and anywhere from $2-6 at Ikea.  Then I bought some Cricut vinyl for $9, cut out pieces with those squiggly scissors (sorry, I know they have a real name but I forgot), then used the chalk pens (bought at Michael’s) to write my label with.  Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick also did this with her adorable new jars for all of their cereals!
I really love those tall skinny containers.  They are airtight and currently house our cereal, cheez-its and almonds. :)
The pasta and bean canisters…
I didn’t know how I would like having it all seen, but I LOVE it!!  Besides it looking pretty, I love knowing how much I have of something now without digging through all of the packages.  I always seem to buy a pack of spaghetti when I go shopping, but now I know I won’t need to for a long time. :)
I hung a wreath in the pantry, ummm, just because. :)  I had gotten it at a resale shop and wasn’t using it anywhere yet, so I thought this was perfect!
Here are some more after photos!

So what do you think of this makeover?  I seriously am in love with the pantry now.  The new spinning carousels really provided a LOT of extra room.  The top carousel and the bottom carousel hold the taller items like appliances I don’t use every day, 2 liters, dog food, etc.  Really awesome.  Oh, and hubby organized the canned foods.  :)  This was really an all around team effort project!
One of my goals was to eliminate as many boxes as possible.  I never really thought about it, but they do add a lot of clutter.  Of course I couldn’t buy a jar for every single boxed item, so I just put those on the right hand side of the pantry.  We don’t eat a lot of boxed foods anyway, so there isn’t much.
Another before just for giggles…
And after…
So how is your pantry lookin’ these days?  I hope you have been inspired to fix it up a bit if it needs it.  I promise it really will change your life!  And when I went grocery shopping yesterday, I spent $50 less than what I normally would, and it was even my “heavy” shopping day.  I really think it was because I knew what we already had.
I wished the beadboard wallpaper was showing up better in my after photos, but it’s the lighting in there.  It really looks great in real life. :)
I will be following up with a separate post about the carousels.  They are so cool!  If you can’t wait for the post and are interested in getting some for yourself, email me at emily@decorchick.com. :)
UPDATE – Please click HERE to read all about the pantry carousels and info on how you can get them.
Great job!  Those turn tables really make that pantry closet corner a lot more efficient.  Would you like to do the same thing in yours?

11 comments:

The mad woman behind the blog August 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM  

This is PURE GENIUS! And yes, I will accept a gift certificate for her services. I'll send you my address!

Ashley @ The Hillside Home August 25, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

LOOKS AMAZING!!! Great job! Love the beadboard wallpaper... didn't even know that existed! Might have to get some of that... :)

Melanie Beth August 25, 2010 at 1:18 PM  

wow - really well done! I especially love the carousels, I would never have thought of that!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com August 25, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

Awesome! I've been working on my pantry too....but yours is just amazing. Mine isn't as deep so I don't think I could use those carousel shelves. :( Great job!

scargosun August 25, 2010 at 1:59 PM  

I am stunned! It is amazing. It is a dream pantry! I don't have the same type of space but lazy susans/carousels make a HUGE difference when you are trying to organize. I even have my mom using them in her fridge. :)

Happy Homemaker UK | Laura August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

I have been inspired by your blog all summer! In an effort to grow, I would be honored if you considered becoming a follower of my blog : )

Laura
www.HappyHomemakerUK.blogspot.com

Katie August 25, 2010 at 7:47 PM  

Never thought I'd drool over a pantry, but WOW -- those carousels are such an awesome idea!

MR. GNOMES GREEN BLOG August 26, 2010 at 12:33 AM  

What a change, I am sure you love going in there now... I really like the containers with the blackboard marking spot, fantastic and so functional.

Ladybug August 26, 2010 at 1:19 AM  

Your dad sounds just like mine! I lost mine many years ago and miss him like crazy.

Anyway --- your pantry is absolutely beautiful. Love the carousels. Absolute genius!! Everything is so nicely organized. Enjoy! How could you not?! :-)

Sarah Cook August 26, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

I have marked this as a favorite in my Google Reader so I can print it out and add it to my "Honey Do with me" file. I can't wait!

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