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?):
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:
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):
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:
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):
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:
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):
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:
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:
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!