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Dude, where’s my pantry?

Baking station and pantry in the kitchen

That’s probably what Nate was thinking since I removed my pantry from the dining room, he used to love playing with those baskets

Happy Friday everyone,

aren’t you glad the weekend is finally here? I am. Lots of things to do around the house these next few days. I have to continue working on my “ORC” challenge.

Remember, I mentioned in my last post that I removed my pantry from the dining room? Don’t you wonder where I put all those items that filled 3 entire bookcases? Well, they have a new home but before we go any further I want to let you know that this setup might not be quite as good as my old pantry but it does the trick and freed up my dining room. Also, be aware this may not be ideal for everyone (what is going with the poor quality of my pictures?):

baking station in my kitchen

when I participated to the Apartment’s Therapy “THE KITCHN CURE FALL” challenge, one of the challenges was to clean the pantry, so I did. Because I had already decided to get rid of my existing one I had to make place for everything in my kitchen cabinets. I looked at different pictures on Pinterest for inspiration on how to setup a tiny baking station and I was really impressed on how well organized you can be in a very small space. So, I decided to prepare my own little baking station using the kitchen cabinets next to the fridge. I placed most of the items I need when baking in the upper cabinets and placed my cupcake trays and some cookie jars in the lower cabinets:

baking station where I store my cupcake trays in my kitchen and baking items like spoons, flour, sugar

Of course, not everything fits in here, so I had to move some items in my craft room for now until I’m able to find them a new home.

Last week, I baked a lot and I thought that I was going to be able to work in this small area, nope, I’m still as messy as I was before. Not because everything is within reach meant that I would be able to just work in this tiny space. I still had to use the butcher block island, the other countertops and I still managed to make a huge mess in the kitchen (I’m too ashamed to post any pictures of my mess):

baking station essentials spices, coffee, vanilla extract upper cabinet of kitchen

there is one thing that I really love about this new setup; is having the flour and sugar within reach, it’s so much easier than when I used to get them from my old pantry:

baking station kitchen aid processor kitchen aid blender and baking items

I have 2 of these white cookie jars, one is on top of my countertop holding my wooden spoons and the other one I am using it to store the baking items I don’t use every day (Nate tries to reach for this jar every day):

baking station in my kitchen

I thought of leaving one of my pastry books next to the baking station but I had to remove it that same day because it was getting in the way of my daily tasks:

baking station in my kitchen and my baking book

see those hydrangeas in the back, I cut them from our front yard since August and they still look great, I’m surprised at how long they’ve lasted inside our house (sorry don’t know much about flowers, but I admire them for their beauty and wish I could take better care of them):

using granite countertop as my new smallbaking station kitchen aid processor kitchen aid blender and baking items

Okay, so you’ve seen the new home of my baking goodies but what about the rest of the stuff that was inside my old pantry? Well, let me show you:

I placed the IKEA billy bookcase that was in the middle of the dining room next to the fridge or should I say in front of the fridge? See what I’m talking about:

small pantry in kitchen billy bookcase

You might remember from my kitchen tour post, that a skinny IKEA bookcase used to be there holding my magazines and Nate’s books but I had to replace it with this bigger one now. Because I’m working on the “ORC” challenge, I have now added “black” accessories to the kitchen, I’m trying to improve the visual flow between the dining room and kitchen.

As I’m writing this post in the kitchen, I’m looking around at what I can spray paint in gold next? My friend Jill commented that Nate is probably worried that if he stands still long enough he might get spray painted in gold. I would never do that, hmmm … then again ….

You may have also noticed that for now I’m keeping my baking pans below the butcher block island in 3 baskets, this works very well for me right now:

small pantry in kitchen billy bookcase 03

I also added some fake pumpkins inside the bookcase for Fall but haven’t had time to decorate the bookcase yet and I added this old rug in the kitchen because it can get very cold in the mornings.

I’m not sure I will be keeping this IKEA rug here, what do you think?

Hope you all have a beautiful weekend

Thanks again for stopping by!

Ingrid

 

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  • Amy Mayen says:

    I like everything you’ve done so far! I have a small hone and struggle to find places for things. Since I’m complaining,I also don’t have tonight electrical outlets, lol! I lie the rug in the kitchen. I was noticing your backsplash, that rug sort of pulls the pattern out. Also I saw a cute polka dot cake stand I want!! Your place loos fab. No idea where your energy comes from:)

    October 18, 2013 at 2:38 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) oh thank you so much Amy! :-) you are too sweet :-) I know what you mean, it’s not always easy to find a home for all my stuff, now I have some baking items in my craft room upstairs; it’s okay! & glad you liked the rug too, I love the colors but I’m not sure how it will look with the new dining room colors
      & you like that polka dot cake stand: I got it on sale at the beginning of the year from Homesense (I love it too)
      thanks again sweet Amy!

      October 18, 2013 at 11:23 am
  • mtetar says:

    Everything look nice as is Ingrid! Your interest and hardwork shows. Blessings, Mtetar

    October 18, 2013 at 7:49 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Mtetar, I’m really glad you liked this small space right now :-) I try to keep things organized around here because it can become a real mess around here very fast ;-)
      wish you a lovely weekend Mtetar :-)

      October 18, 2013 at 11:29 am
  • ohlidia says:

    Love that title, by the way. Although I loved your pantry, I’m sure you freeing up space in your dining room will result in something fabulous Ingrid, and I can’t wait to see what that might be. You are so organized! Have a great weekend!

    October 18, 2013 at 9:12 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) ha!ha! glad you liked the title, I wanted something fun & different (today’s post was a bit different, just to let you guys know where I stored everything that used to be in the pantry)
      I know you really loved that pantry, I did too, hubby was a bit sad to see it go too :-( now let’s hope it’s worth it!
      wish you a beautiful weekend to you too Lidia :-)

      October 18, 2013 at 11:36 am
  • Julia @ cuckoo4design says:

    OMG you are so nicely organized. Love it. I’m never showing my cabinets…ever!
    Have a great weekend!

    October 18, 2013 at 9:34 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) you just made me laugh Julia :-) & thank you, I try to keep them organized but they don’t always look this way (unfortunately) you don’t want to see the one where we store hubby’s cookies (it’s always messy there) ha!ha!
      wish you a great weekend to you too Julia!

      October 18, 2013 at 11:38 am
  • Time With Thea says:

    You have been very busy Ingrid! I am very impressed with how can made good use of the space that you have. I also love the title! It really had me curious. I bet Nate is so cute when he uses the word ‘Dude’! Have a good weekend, Thea!

    October 18, 2013 at 11:00 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Thea & I’m happy that title got you curious too … it’s a simple fun post today, so I wanted a different funny title ;-)
      wish you a beautiful weekend Thea
      (I’m very impressed with the letter you wrote Thea, I had to read it to hubby and he loved it very much too) :-)

      October 18, 2013 at 11:41 am
      • Time With Thea says:

        Thank you! My husband hasn’t even read it yet. I have been getting lots of positive feedback on it from my bloggy friends. It has been very encouraging that so many others feel the same way as I do. ~Thea

        October 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          :-) your husband really needs to read it then, I love how honest you were in your letter and still very kind
          & yes, I read the nice comments everyone left on your blog, this is why I love blogging everyone is supportive :-)

          October 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm
  • Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog says:

    You are a busy girl, switching everything around! It’s fun to keep up with your ORC progress! Keep up the good work, Ingrid!

    ~Abby =)

    October 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Abby, glad you are following along :-) & now I have less than 3 weeks to put everything together (feeling the pressure) :-)
      thanks again Abby!

      October 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  • Green Door Hospitality says:

    I absolutely love the idea of a baking station — having everything in reach! What a great thing to do with the elimination of the pantry from the dining room. Really is great, Ingrid! And hmmm….Nate painted gold…. perhaps as a halloween costume?? LOL
    Kenley

    October 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Kenley, glad you approve because I know you must have a great baking station setup yourself :-) & ha!ha! yeah, why not ; painting Nate in gold is not a bad idea; like it ;-) ha!ha!

      October 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm
  • Krista @ the happy housie says:

    Awesome title! Your stuff looks so amazingly organized and nicely labeled! Maybe baking is just creative work and it’s okay to be messy!

    October 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) ha!ha! thanks Krista, so happy that you liked the title too; funny! :-)
      I guess you are right; baking is supposed to be messy :-)

      October 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm
  • memyselfandkids.com says:

    So, where does Nate play now?
    Seriously, it feels like your house is in a constant state of flux.

    October 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      you always make me laugh Larry! :-)
      ha!ha! he plays every where mostly in our living room now because our dining area feels empty now :-)
      You are right; this house is in a constant state of flux :-) he’s used to this!

      October 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm
      • memyselfandkids.com says:

        I’m glad he’s used to it. I don’t even live there and I am challenged by it.

        October 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          ha!ha! you are too funny Larry :-)

          October 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm
  • easycraftsforchildren says:

    You are so organize Ingrid !! :-) You are doing a great job !!

    October 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Izabel, I really hope it stays organize like this for a while hi!hi! :-)

      October 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm
  • gentlestitches says:

    It is looking great. It is inspiring as I plan to do a small reorganize of our living space next year so our boy has a private study area. It is so interesting being allowed to stick one nose in others pantry! Are those chick peas I spy? My favourite food? Also I reckon keep the rug until it screams “move me” as you said it is cold there now. :) It looks very nice.

    October 19, 2013 at 1:52 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Sharon :-)
      I’m glad this small re-organization of my pantry can inspire you when you will be creating a study area for your son, I’m sure it will be great and you might need to add a lot items in one small space.
      Chick peas. No they are not my favorite food ha!ha! those are cans that my mother-in-law gave us these last few weeks and we gotten to eat any of them yet ;-)
      the rug, I’m keeping it for now because, yes like you said it’s cold here and we opened the “heating” yesterday (too cold here already) ;-)

      October 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm
  • Brandi says:

    I love your pantry! I always wished we had room for one in our house. Everything looks so neat and organized. Your kitchen is gorgeous, btw!!

    October 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) Thank you so much Brandi, I’ve always wanted a big one too next to the kitchen but the pantry/bookshelves are perfect for us right now! :-) thanks again Brandi :-)

      October 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm
  • kalamitykelli says:

    The rug looks beautiful in your magazine-ready kitchen! But, I bet it gets stuff on it all the time and you have to drag out the vacuum to clean it up so I may not keep it there, at least while I had little ones!

    October 20, 2013 at 12:04 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) hi!hi! thank you Kelli ha!ha! yes, you are right about the rug, I have to vacuum it every day to get rid of everything, now I’ve done it like this (1 day yes, 1 day no) & the vacuum is heavy & Nate is scared of the vacuum but I really like it here because of the cold days (it’s getting cold here) :-)

      October 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm
      • kalamitykelli says:

        I bet it IS getting cold up there!

        October 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          :-) it is! we freeze in the morning so we had to turn the heating on yesterday & then turned it off this afternoon :-) what about you?

          October 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm
          • kalamitykelli says:

            It’s about 40 in the early morning but right now it’s 75 F so the weather here is gorgeous!!

            October 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm
          • now at home mom says:

            :-) nice weather, it’s too cold here!

            October 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm
  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

    These changes look like they make everything a whole lot more convenient – - and that’s important, especially considering how much you love to bake! Oh, and this title was super clever. Love it, Ingrid!

    October 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) Thank you Lauren!
      the title is funny, I like it very much now :-)
      & I’m glad that even if I don’t have my old pantry anymore; I love my little baking station now! :-)

      October 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm
  • craftivitydesigns says:

    This was great to read, Ingrid. We are going to be renovating the kitchen in our new house soon (I know I haven’t shared any pics yet, but SOON I will). Anyway, there are two designs I could go with — one that includes a good sized pantry and little cabinetry or another that includes no pantry but tons of cabinetry. We can’t really have both due to the layout of the room. We are leaning towards no pantry and lots of cabinetry. Then the cabinetry would have “zones” like your baking station. Anyway I’d appreciate any other thoughts you have from your experience with both!
    - Lora

    October 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      oh! thanks so much Lora! :-) I can’t wait to see the pics of your new house soon, I’m sure it’s pretty and can’t wait to see how you will decorate it :-)
      We had the same dilemma when we had to choose our layout too, the old layout had a pantry but with the new kitchen I really wanted more counter space and more cabinetry to be able to put everything away (when I have visitors, I even put the toaster and coffee maker away to get more counter space) this is really working for us but having a pantry is great too and can be a good selling “point” for the future.
      I hope this helps a bit Lora & can’t wait to see the “before pictures” of your kitchen :-)

      October 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm
  • cassie says:

    you are so organized! come do my pantry!

    October 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) thanks so much Cassie! I would if we wouldn’t live so far away! :-)

      October 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm
  • The Porto Bellas says:

    Omg, organization at it’s best… And it’s probably even better in person. You did such a good job!!!!!
    -JulieC

    November 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      oh! thank you very much Julie! :-)

      November 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm

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