Sunday, January 13, 2013

Operation Pantry Remodel: The Reveal!

The day has finally come...

It's the last episode of Operation: Pantry Remodel!

Are you ready?

Let's take it back to the beginning...

Yikes... the photo speaks for itself, doesn't it?

And now for the Afters.....

Let's take it from the top....

To utilize the empty space, we installed a medicine cabinet (where the old fourth shelf was) which allowed us to store items up to the ceiling.

The cabinet holds our more infrequently used items, such as reserves of flour, breadcrumbs, pasta, popcorn, and a few baking supplies:

The open shelf at the bottom was what sold me on the medicine cabinet because it makes a perfect spice rack!

I also swapped the knobs for these cute teal ones from Hobby Lobby:

On the top shelf, I arranged our canned goods (on a tiered shelf I built from 2x4's and painted yellow):

And um, how perfect are these retro Campbell's cans? I found them at Target yesterday and had to have them. Aqua and yellow, hello!

(I don't think I can bring myself to open them though...)

On the right side is a bin that holds our chips and snacks:

The next shelf down is where all of the jar foods are stored:

These include flour, sugar, oats, bread crumbs, pasta, etc. The jars were purchased at Hobby Lobby and I made the labels from plain white 2" round sticker sheets.

I also picked up a couple of these aqua glass jars from Hobby Lobby for our EVOO & balsamic vinegar (used almost daily):

The bottles came with corks, but to adapt them for pouring I picked up a set of bottle drizzlers for $5 at Target.

On the bottom shelf is another whitewashed wood bin, where we store things like honey, peanut butter, pam spray, seasonings, sauces, and unopened condiments:

Next to that is a shallow wood box with dividers that I couldn't resist at Hobby Lobby.

It's used to divide smaller items like jello, soup/seasoning packets, crystal lights, breakfast bars, tea, etc.

Since I am vertically challenged, I had to have a quick and easy way to reach the items in the cabinet (without going into the garage and dragging out the step stool every time).

My solution:

This DIY step stool. I found plans online from Ana White and spent a couple hours yesterday afternoon putting it together with Brad.

My first legitimate woodworking project, and somehow we made it work!

It's just the right height to reach the highest items. And there's still plenty of room to use the trash cans so the stool will stay put (which is nice because it can also be used for other areas in the kitchen).

And of course, the curtain...

Do you like the fabric? I love how it ties into the aqua and yellow accents. I think it was a good choice.

For those interested in the costs of this transformation, here is the breakdown:

Recessed lighting - Lowe's: $32
Cabinet - Lowe's: $72
Wood for shelves - Lowe's: $41
Shelf fabric - Hobby Lobby: $5
Aqua paint - Valspar's Tropical Mist/leftover: $0
Total: $150

Curtain fabric - Etsy: $22
Curtain rod - Walmart: $5
Whitewashed wooden bins - Container Store: $53
Teal wood organizer - Hobby Lobby: $20
Jars - Hobby Lobby: $35
Oil/vinegar bottles - Hobby Lobby: $10
Oil/vinegar caps - Target: $5
Knobs - Hobby Lobby: $4
Total: $154

Wood - Lowe's: $18
Screws - Lowe's: $12
Wood filler - Lowe's: $3
Yellow paint - Valspar's Touch of Honey/Lowe's: $14
Total: $47

That makes the grand total, including a new step stool and all the accessories, $351. For a completely new organized pantry and a happy kitchen experience? So worth it. I even impressed my toughest critic, Brad, who is normally skeptical about all of my projects but actually said this looks like it should be in a magazine. Thanks, babe.

The cabinet was the most expensive item, coming in at $72 w/tax, but there was no way I could have built something as finished looking as that. I love that it has doors so I don't have to stare at things I don't use very often—it minimizes clutter and creates a more streamlined look.

The real splurge here was definitely the wood bins from the container store. They were the perfect size and I'm a sucker for anything whitewashed and wood, so I went for it.

Everything at Hobby Lobby was purchased at 50% off (on sale) or using a 40% off coupon. That really helped to bring the costs down.

In the next post(s) I'll go over how I made the curtain, the step stool and the tiered can shelf. (I did them all yesterday afternoon!)

Thanks for looking and I hope this has inspired some of you to get moving on your own pantry remodel. Trust me—worth the effort and it makes your time in the kitchen so much more pleasant!


  1. Wow that's a wonderful transformation! :)

  2. So organised! Looks amazing, well done. Love the retro soup cans too :)

  3. Very Nice! I have an idea of how I want to re-do mine but it might take a bit.

  4. Looks amazing! Totally different from the standard builders pantry. Love the reto colours :)

  5. I love the little yellow stool! Looks great!

  6. I love it! The blue labels are especially gorgeous. Slide out boxes are so handy too. The only thing I would add is trim to hide the gap on either side of the cabinet.

    1. That is such a good idea, I didn't even think of that! I'll have to get on it. Thank you! :)

  7. I LOVE this!!! Everything about it is perfect- right down to the soup cans. No lie, I think I'm going to go get a few and never open them too. You did a really good job on the stoool!

  8. How did you personalize the labels ?

    1. The sheet of blank labels I bought has a guide for you to set up the page in your editing program. I just followed the guides and added my text (using Adobe Illustrator).

  9. Love the new pantry! So pretty and organized. And the yellow stool is just too perfect. Hope you'll post your tutorial on that one too! :)

  10. Wow! You pantry came out great. I love the fabric.

  11. I love this! You really did a fabulous job :)

  12. Not sure if I missed it in a previous post; How did you line the shelves? I really love the material! Looks amazing.

    1. Phase 3 :)

  13. I love the soup cans too! You should do something with them like they did over at Young House Love.

    1. Ohhh yeah... I remember that post now! I kind of love them in the pantry though, they match perfectly!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous! Totally pinning this for future reference. Thanks for the sweet and super organised inspiration!

  15. Maybe you could open your soup cans with a can opener from the bottom. That would preserve the look of the un-opened soup can in the pantry, but you'd still be able to use the soup!

  16. I have a teensy closet-sized pantry as well, and your idea for a medicine cabinet up top has gotten my wheels spinning. This looks awesome, and, even better, looks completely functional to your family's eating needs. Bravo!

  17. Love your blog and look forward to all your posts. I went to Savannah for the first time at the beginning of December. Loved it! What a great place. I especially enjoyed the river area, Lulu's Chocolate Bar, some place that had 100 different martinis (I had a rice crispy treat martini) and there was a great pizza place in the city square where they had the awful slave market. Really enjoyed Savannah and since we drove from St. Petersburg area, we are also going to drive another couple of hours to see Charleston next time. What fun!

  18. and geez, what a dummy, that last post was from me...Kim

  19. Just saw your feature on IHeart... Love your pantry! You have a similar one to ours and this is so inspiring! :)

  20. Love Love Love! Just one question , what brand are the labels? I love the color! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. I made them myself using plain 2" round white labels from Amazon. Hope this helps!

  21. Just bouncing over from IHeartOrganizing and boy do I LOVE your pantry! Great idea making the risers with 2x4's! Why don't I ever think of these things? If I don't, I'm glad that you are willing to share! :) I'm your newest follower via email...

  22. Love the curtain, makes total sense with the space you have. Very well done! You created a stress-free pantry. Everything has a spot and is well marked and the color choice is peaceful. I love your photos. What camera do you use? I am finding I need to step my game up with my photos on my blog.
    Love your blog!

    1. Thanks! I use a Canon T2i, and a 50mm 1.4 for most of the shots.

  23. Wow! This is amazing. Our homes are similar - though miles apart (I'm from Indiana) - and I'm dying to make more upgrades like you have done. Our pantry majorly needs this sort of transformation. I love your style - nice job!

  24. I love the step stool. I can not seem to find the plans on Ana's White website. Could you share it?

    1. The link is in my follow up post :)

  25. Very impressive! I love the color of the step stool

  26. My biggest problem would be maintaining a clean and organized pantry. Hahaha! After a few days, it'll be back to the old cluttered and disorganized pantry that I used to have. Bu I love the idea of putting in a separate jars the cereals, flour etc. It saves more space in the pantry and lessens the unnecessary clutter.