When we built our house, there were a few things that we didn’t think through very well. The pantry is one of them. You would think that a big, open space with some shelves would do just fine, but NOOO! Mine drives me crazy.
I really want to redo so many things in the house. Some big, like a whole room remodel, and some small, like the pantry. My Man doesn’t agree with the big projects, but he is willing to help me with small ones. I have found what I want to do, but I will show you that in a moment. First, let me show you some ideas I have come across. I will also give you a link to the site, if there is one.
I wish I had this when we put in the shelves. One thing I really don’t like about my pantry is I feel there is so much wasted space in it. This seems to utilize the space much better.
This pantry seems to have the wasted space too, but I do like the wall paper behind it. Or at least the idea of the wall paper. Something to keep the walls from looking so plain and even dirty. That’s why I stenciled on mine. They did make good use of the side walls.
Here is a way to put those old soda boxes to good use. Cover them with contact paper and use them to hold canned goods.
If your pantry has swinging door instead of folding doors, you could add mop holders to hold you spices.
This is, in a sense, a major remodel, in that part of the wall does have to be removed. MM has already looked at that and is ok with it. Wheww!
See the wire shelves in their old pantry? I don’t recommend them. After a while, they bend in the middle from the weight on them. The space between the wires also makes it hard to balance cans. I do believe that is why they got rid of them.
Let’s take a closer look at the inside!
The bottom cabinets open up and have pull out drawers.
The upper cabinets are great for hiding the big stuff like ice-cream makers, and for storing paper towels, and other stuff you really don’t know where to keep them. I love the way they go all the way to the ceiling. In my pantry, and their old one, it is hard to get stuff up and down because of the wall in the way. I may need to use a step stool though.
The middle of the pantry has adjustable shelves (pictured below) and a place to display things (pictured above). I would probably display some of my home canned veges from my garden. Ohhh, it would be a great place to put my cookbooks, too!