As I mentioned here, one of our favorite things about being on the Ace Bloggers panel is that there is a real focus on the neighborhood. In fact, we recently had the chance to do a whole project for one of our neighbors. It’s not like we’re hurting for projects to do around here, but to get into a new work setting and see the projects our friends, families and neighbors are in need of has been completely refreshing and motivating.
Our friends, Preston and Corinne, are nearing the tail end of a kitchen makeover. I almost have them convinced to start a blog to document the transformation their house is going through because it is mind-blowing. Walls are gone! Floors are gone! And they’ve lived here less than a year. When we went to see them one day we talked and talked about all of the projects we could tackle in their house, but the one that stood out was as a clear choice was the pantry–which is actually that gray box on the right in the photo below:
Preston had actually framed out this pantry and they painted it with some gray paint they found in the oops section, but that’s as far as they got. With a baby on the way in less than a month and countertops, backsplash and lighting still to install before the kitchen is finished, we thought the pantry would be a great project to take on with the help of our local Ace Hardware–which is the only hardware store within 30 miles.
We turned this little gray closet…
…Into this functional, snazzy pantry.
The process, of course, took longer than we expected, but it broke down into a few steps. Painting, shelving, trim and doors. First, painting. Although they had painted the interior of the pantry gray already, they said they weren’t stuck on it. I suggested painting it a bright white instead for a couple reasons. First, it would look a lot larger and brighter. And also, since we were going to use these wire pantry shelves from Ace, we didn’t necessarily want them standing out against a painted wall–but rather blend in. So the pantry was painted white and it grew 6 sizes that day.
Then we got to work on the shelves which all needed measured and cut down to size.
And then installed. We left a 15″clearance between the bottom shelf and the second shelf up, and then the remainder all had a 12″ clearance which seemed like plenty of room for typical pantry goods after a quick google search.
While Chris and Preston continued working on the installation, sweet Corinne sanded the doors for the pantry. The doors make this pantry something so special. Preston and Corinne actually found this 5 panel door and cut it in half to make french doors for this particular project. They cut spaces for the glass and–ok, I just decided the doors need their own post. So much work and time went into those doors, and Preston documented the process so well. I’ll definitely be back to share that with you.
Fast forward to the actual installation, which maybe took as long as making the doors. Constant leveling and planing the doors and maybe notching out a hinge a little more until finally they were perfect.
Here’s Preston notching out a hinge for one french door with his router:
Once the doors were sitting in their places and level, we added hardware. They decided to use the same knobs that they used on their cabinets to tie the pantry in, which worked great.
And lastly, a magnetic door catch to stop and hold the doors closed and in place.
Voila! A finished pantry.
And here’s one last look at the inside before and after.
These two were an absolute blast to work with. They worked so hard and so long (longer than any of us expected) and were cheery the entire time. We couldn’t have picked a more deserving couple to help.
Here’s to more neighbor projects! We’re hooked. Anyone else working on revamping their pantry? Or, installing french doors? Oy! After seeing that process first hand, you have my respect.
Psst. Have a pantry, but just want to update it? Check out this post to see what we did at our last house.
We’ve partnered with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel. Ace has provided us with the tools and materials necessary to complete this project for our lovely friends (class act!), and all opinions are our own. You can check out our fellow Ace bloggers right here.