Since last Friday evening, hubby and I we’ve been busy working on a new DIY project; a pantry. Last year, when we did our kitchen renovation, we decided to remove the small existing built-in pantry to gain more counter space instead. So, you might be wondering what prompted us to change our minds about having a pantry. Please let me share with you all the juicy details by breaking it down for you in steps:
Remember, in one of my previous posts, I mentioned we had to remove our three IKEA Billy bookcases from the basement to my dining area to provide more room for my son to run around? After days of staring at these empty bookcases, we had to make a decision; how will we use them in this space? First, we thought of using them to display the dishes we rarely use but we don’t have enough of those, so that idea was quickly dismissed. Many things came to mind but the idea of a pantry was the only one that made sense to us. I sat at my dining table and started drawing on a piece of paper how I wanted my new pantry to look; uncluttered.
This is a picture of the empty Billy bookcases before we made the decision of using them as a pantry:
Hubby was able to secure the bookcases to the wall; something we weren’t able to do in our basement. Friday night, we started to de-clutter our kitchen cabinets. I have to admit, there was not much to toss away. I don’t like to keep too much canned food around. Back in January after the holidays, I had already tossed away expired canned food and cereal.
To label the glass jars, I used Martha Stewart’s Home office removable, adhesive chalkboard tags. I had used these before and love them very much. When you clean or wash the glass jars, these stay in place and you can easily use them again. This last weekend, we went and got another pack to label the rest of our glass jars:
We also got a chalkboard decal from the same collection. I sticked it to the inside of one of the bookcases doors, it’s perfect for a “TO BUY” list in your pantry. I’m considering getting another one, I will show how I will use it in my next post:
You can see in the pictures below, how I labeled the glass containers. The “flour” glass jar was already labeled since last year. I’m glad, I was able to continue this look throughout:
An uncluttered pantry and much space is available in case I need to add more jars or baking bowls:
ADDING MORE STORAGE
I added more storage with these baskets, I found them on liquidation; a set of 3 for only $9.99, I bought 2 sets over a month ago and went back to get another set but was now priced at $13.99:
This is my stash of baking pans, it’s not much but they take too much space in my cabinets. I had to figure out a way to store them in my new pantry. I stored them in these 2 baskets and placed them on the bottom shelf of the bookcase. My son loves it, he has easy access to them and runs around the house playing with them. I also love it because when my son is playing with pans; I have more time to do chores around the house. As a mommy, you always need to find ways to compromise with these little ones!
ORGANIZATING by CATEGORIES
Next step, was to have a place to stash all these cans behind doors. I don’t mind having open shelving but these ugly cans needed to be stored behind doors. We dedicated only two shelfs for cans because as I mentioned before, I don’t like keeping too much canned food around the house and I only buy something when I have a recipe in mind. Unlike my mother, she always has everything she needs in case she needs to feed a big crowd.
I tried to keep all like items together; for easy access. I’m also planning on using these baskets to store fruits; apples, oranges and bananas:
See these two buckets, we bought them from “The Bay” two Christmas ago, they used to contain popcorn. We are now using them for storage; one of them contains our “rice” and the other one contains our “all purpose-flour” for all the baking I do. I will be storing our oil and vinegar too behind these doors; so they can be out of reach from Nate:
Another reason, why this pantry is functional; I have space to store bowls I almost never use. This red tagine, is rarely used and these bowls; I like rotating them season after season:
I will try to post “part II” of my new pantry very soon but there a few things I would like to finish first. I hope you enjoyed the break down and loved the idea of having a pantry in your kitchen. We absolutely love it. I must admit; it is wonderful having a functional and organized area to keep all your pantry items even for someone like me; who doesn’t store too much canned food.
The next steps of this DIY project will be simple: I would love to DIY chalkboard tags for the front of the baskets (I’ve seen them in Pinterest; I will start looking for inspiration now). I would also love to get clear plastic containers for the middle shelfs to store our cereal, cereal bars and other goodies. I prefer using plastic containers in the lower shelfs because I know little hands will be tempted to reach for them every day.
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