The Finished Pantry!

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The pantry is complete and I’m sharing a bunch of photos today! We actually finished it a couple weeks ago, and it has been a dream to have and use. It signifies the completion of a year of hard work and transformation in our home, but specifically this corner of the home. The best way I can show you is through this before and after floor plan (substitute “current” with “previous”; we drew up these plans before the hammer swung):

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After gutting a 4th bathroom and turning it into our laundry room with a coat closet and completely renovating our kitchen, the last project was this pantry. And it’s emotional being done. It really is. The layout of this home makes so much more sense to us now and it feels more usable, too. So here’s visual evidence of what was where the new walk in pantry is now:

laundry side before

Obviously I don’t have a straight on view because there wasn’t a doorway into the pantry/old laundry room from the kitchen at the time. But the photo below was taken during the demo phase of the kitchen and you can see the new doorway to the pantry on the left side.

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When we were designing the pantry, I just wanted it to be simple and practical, really. A friend asked if we would tile the whole thing, and as dreamy as that sounds (so dreamy!)–there’s no sink in here so what would be the point? We had a $1000 budget from Lowe’s for this project, and we came in a few hundred dollars under budget (woot!) after paint, baseboards, MDF to frame in the freezer, white melamine shelves, brackets, support boards, food canisters and the wood crates.

pantry progress

After a lot of measuring and researching, we determined to store a variety of foods and supplies most efficiently, the best depths and heights of the shelves would look like this:

PANTRY-MEASUREMENTS

We supported the shelves with small support boards all the way under them (I painted to match the walls–Valspar’s Soft Wool) and the white brackets provided extra support to where the two shelves met in the corner. Once everything was painted out and loaded up, we had ourselves a real live pantry.

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We went back and forth on whether we were going to match the above the freezer cabinet in here to the kitchen cabinets (Ikea Laxarby) or to the laundry room cabinets (Ikea Bodbyn). In the end, it felt more balanced to go with the off-white cabinet and match the color scheme in here similar to that of the laundry room since both rooms are directly off of the kitchen and, generally, simultaneously visible.

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A big chunk of our budget went to those Cuisinart food storage containers with black air-tight lids we picked up from Lowe’s. We love them so much–we are ready to get some more so everything can match (not just the main wall when you walk in–haha). It’s been so great to easily see all the dry goods we have in stock. No more buying double quinoa or more cereal because we weren’t quite sure how much was in the box before heading to the store.

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The bottom shelves we lined with wood crates from Lowe’s. We designated them for chips, squash and onions, potatoes, breads/tortillas, and packets (oatmeal, protein bars, cocoa, etc.). I used a white paint pen to quickly label each chalkboard and it has been such a simple solution to chaos that tends to exist in a pantry.

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We had to leave the wall by the freezer pretty bare so that it could open, but also our circuit box is right there so it worked out. We were able to squeeze in some hooks for a broom and mop–handy! As a finishing touch, I hung a photo of a very young Greta cooking on the wall as you enter. Her smile is contagious and reflective of what we really hope this space is in the coming years–a place for all of us to cook and laugh and make some really great food.

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We close the pocket door when we leave and at night so Charly doesn’t get too curious, but most of the time it is open for easy access from the kitchen to the freezer and dry staples.

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That’s a wrap on project pantry! If you’ve missed a step of this colossal renovation cluster along the way, you’ll definitely want to check out the before and after of the laundry room, coat closet, and kitchen, too!

PANTRY SOURCES
Paint color: Valspar Soft Wool | All Freezer : Frigidaire Professional | Upper Cabinet : Ikea Bodbyn | Cabinet Hardware: Rejuvenation | Cuisinart Food Canisters : Lowe’s | Wood Crates : Lowe’s | Pocket Door  (stained with Minwax English Chestnut) | Pocket Door handle, Amazon



51 Comments

  • Reply April 20, 2017

    Jessie

    How do you get your pocket door to stay closed? Manipulation until it leveled out or do you have some sort of closure?

    • Reply April 20, 2017

      Julia

      It’s level, so it just moves and stays where we put it.

  • Reply March 7, 2017

    Haley Hepburn

    Question: When you decant all your dry goods, etc, how do you know what the cooking instructions and serving sizes are? Also expiration dates? Or do you just cook the same things often enough to know and go through them fast enough to not have to worry?

    Thanks!

    • Reply March 7, 2017

      Julia

      Sometimes we’ll cut the instructions from the box and put them in the tupperware, but for the most part, things like pasta, rice and oatmeal are pretty straightforward.

  • Reply December 1, 2016

    Carrie Brewer

    I would like to 2nd the request for your pantry dimensions! In fact I am pleading. Last night I went to purchase the fridge/freezer set you have and learned the fridge door swings the wrong way for my plan. And no, sadly it can not be switched. in order to not start from square one on all my planning, I need to install the freezer into a pantry similar to yours. Please, please, please share the dimensions of your interior pantry. I am unsure if I will have enough depth to live with the freezer in a similar placement to yours.

    Thanks a gazillion if you are able to help!!!

  • Reply October 1, 2016

    Sheri

    Can I ask the dimensions of your pantry room? And the dimensions of your mud/laundry? And also how do you like having your laundry in the mudroom? We are building a new home and struggling to get a separate laundry without adding more sq ft. My concern is the clothes won’t make it into the hidden laundry basket in under the counter. They can’t even manage to get it in a basket right infront of them.

  • Reply January 10, 2016

    Pam

    Great pantry design. Is there a way to get a list of materials used and the brackets used?
    Thanks

  • Reply January 7, 2016

    Val

    I’m so in lurve…this is ahmazing. I’ve been most excited about the pantry from the very beginning and the end result does not disappoint.

    Did you go with the melamine for easier clean-up on spills and things? Would it look okay for open shelves in a kitchen without a pantry? Or would it look chintzy? The idea of not having to do all that priming and painting is seriously appealing.

    • Reply January 8, 2016

      Julia

      For easy cleanup but also we were worried painted shelves would probably chip easier over time. I’m not sure how open shelving would look in melamine. It could look kind of thin?

      • January 8, 2016

        Val

        Yeah, like not sturdy/beefy enough visually…kind of what I was thinking. Still, great for this application.

  • Reply November 24, 2015

    Jenni

    hi julia! (and chris) i would love to know which broom holder that is? i searched on amazon but there are so many, i’m a little overwhelmed. i love the simplicity of the one you chose. Your pantry (and truly everything you touch) is absolutely amazing!

    • Reply November 24, 2015

      Julia

      You’re so nice! Thank you!! I found it at Lowe’s and it doesn’t even have a brand on it. But check there!

  • Reply November 20, 2015

    Megan

    This looks AMAZING! Great job! :)

  • Reply November 15, 2015

    Dakwerken

    This is just beautiful! Superbly executed! Thanks a lot for sharing this information. :)

  • Reply November 15, 2015

    Kerily

    OMG, complete pantry envy. I don’t even have a full cupboard. Looking at converting a room and powder room into a laundry and pantry, hopefully in the near future, cross fingers…

  • Reply November 14, 2015

    CT

    The pantry turned out so great – amazing eye for detail and I know you’re going to love it for years to come since your kitchen actually makes real food. Enjoy the fruits (haha) of all all your hard work! Cheers – CT

  • Reply November 13, 2015

    Alexandra R

    I was just looking at their calendars today! I think the wood board on them is so nice, would be a great christmas gift!

  • Reply November 13, 2015

    Jeanna

    Honestly, I can’t get over the before and after. It’s such a beautiful space :)

  • Reply November 13, 2015

    April

    Hi there! Where did you get the photo of Charly printed/framed? Sort of looks like Print Studio… but I’m not totally sure. Adorable!

  • Reply November 12, 2015

    Elaine - Visual Meringue

    It looks beautiful! What a great addition to the kitchen and perfect finishing touch!

  • Reply November 12, 2015

    Gina

    This is so crazy amazing I can’t stand it. We are working on redoing an old farmhouse, and have plans for a walk-in pantry, but I hadn’t even started to think about the actual design of the interior of said pantry. I will for sure be referencing this post!

  • Reply November 12, 2015

    Anne-Marie

    Ok – this is such a stunning transformation! Your style is so gorgeous and your home really should be in a magazine!!

    Also – copy cat chic featured this GORGEOUS bench today and it just made me think of you all and your style!!

    http://www.copycatchic.com/2015/11/horchow-wallis-leather-bench.html

    Again – amazing job!!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Evelina

    Your pantry is heavenly! I seriously love every single thing about it. Your pocket door, crates, separate freezer, and picture of Greta are all perfection!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Lilly

    The pantry is beautiful! Simple, functional and spacious, love it!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Sarah

    Gorgeous! You’ve done such an amazing job on your entire house. Love the posts. Please do a DIY on the pantry shelves

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Gina

    OMG Julia! I remember how you transformed the kitchen in your previous home, and can’t BELIEVE the beautiful space you’ve created here. Looking at the ‘before’ pictures, it’s amazing to see your vision…and then watch it come to life over time. You are such a gifted designer…thanks for sharing your journey. Cheers! Gina

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    brittanyMakes

    you always know how to finish a space off with perfection. this pantry is just amazing.

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Danielle

    *swoon*!!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Kates

    If I had your kitchen and pantry I would never leave my house to eat! So so great on so many levels! Swoon worthy for sure!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Sarah @ onesuchlife

    Wow – so nice to have all of that storage!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    AnnMarie

    I know the main function of a panty is to store food, but this is just so pretty to look at — I spent a good minute just ogling your chopping station. Those knives on the wall–! Be still my heart. Your kitchen feels so homey and welcoming, plus all that counter space…I live in a old, rented home (which I love) with almost no counterspace, and I can’t wait for the day I can realize my own kitchen dreams. ^_^

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    BeccaS

    Absolutely beautiful! I was reading one of the comments asking about so little food….we have changed to pretty much a no processed food life and I have to say that it is amazing the amount of space we have in our pantry now. Now the refrigerator is another story! It is bursting at the seams so good call on the full size fridge!

    • Reply November 11, 2015

      Julia

      We’re on the same wavelength and that was the major reason for our all-refrigerator. It has been life-changing!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Tiffany

    Yes to the variety of hot sauces!!! Yall need some Frank’s RedHot & Sriracha… I would lose my Mom license if we run out at our house.

    • Reply November 11, 2015

      Julia

      We store both of those in the fridge! Sriracha is my favorite!! :)

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Angie

    Wait, do you not have to refrigerate sauces after opening? For a second, I though, “I could declutter my fridge door!” but then I remember I also have no room in my pantry. Love the wide open space you’ve created where nothing feels smushed.

    • Reply November 11, 2015

      Julia

      You mean the hot sauces? Some you do, some you don’t. We have a few (frank’s and sriracha) in the fridge, but a lot you can store in the pantry!

    • Reply November 11, 2015

      Chris

      Vinegar-based hot sauces are stable at room temperature.

      • November 11, 2015

        Julia

        Thanks for chiming in, Chris!

      • November 11, 2015

        Chris

        Thanks for being my wife, Jules! (kissy face emoji)

      • November 12, 2015

        Angie

        That is too complicated for me, a cooking simpleton. All of my sauces will be chilled, so as not to unleash a food poisoning plague upon my family. But thanks for the explanation!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Abby

    And JUST when I thought I couldn’t be more obsessed with your kitchen…uhhhhhg it’s seriously (seriously) amazing. :)

    such good work and thank you for the inspiration!!!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Kate S.

    Do you normally keep such a small amount of food in the house or was this mostly staged? It looks beautiful, but I am so amazed to see such a small stock of ingredients, since Chris is a chef. I mean, I didn’t expect to see dozens of boxed dinners, but multiple cans of common ingredients like tomato sauce were definitely expected. I’m just being nosey, so feel free to ignore me: )

    • Reply November 11, 2015

      Julia

      Haha! I love these kinds of questions. This is legit it and I would say it is mostly unstaged except for the bowl of leftover halloween candy I took out of there before the pictures (haha). I even forgot to put the step stool in the photos–bad blogger! If you look closely, you can probably spot a lot of staples like rice and different grains and pasta, but I’m also gluten free, so there’s not too much there. We eat mostly fresh foods and Chris prefers fresh ingredients, so we go grocery shopping 1-2 times a week. Also, we have a large storage room downstairs where we have a bunch of those large 25yr food storage cans, so now we just focus on what we eat week to week and stock the kitchen (fridge, freezer and pantry) with what is on the menu.

    • Reply November 11, 2015

      Angie

      Yeah, my pantry is bursting at the seams with canned goods and the like, but their pantry is way bigger, so I’m guessing that’s why things looked a little spartan. Or maybe it was part of the staging. Either way, I’m so very jealous of all the room and organization (especially all the matching see through containers).

      • November 11, 2015

        Julia

        Oh, that too! We went from a tiny pantry cupboard to this big room, so who knows, in a year we may have adjusted to the large size and things will look a lot more filled in. We’ll be sure to update you!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Kim // Yellow Brick Home

    That photo of Greta is truly the icing on the cake!

    You might have said this at some point, but can you share where you got your sliding pocket door? Vintage?

    • Reply November 11, 2015

      Julia

      Not vintage, but best compliment ever! Actually, quite the opposite–We got it from Home Depot (haha!) and stained it in English Chestnut. I’ve added a direct link to the sources.

      • November 11, 2015

        Kim // Yellow Brick Home

        GET OUT OF TOWN. Well done, you fooled me! Maybe we’ll do this for our laundry room too and make life a little easier for the first time ever!

  • Amazing–so beautiful and functional! You’ve done an incredible job. I’m stashing away so many of your tips for when we (someday) reno our kitchen!

  • Reply November 11, 2015

    Jess

    Oh man I have so many heart eyes for this pantry! Ours is teeny tiny and under the stairs which adds a whole other challenge. Really love how this area of the house came together.

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