Over the last few days, we gave our pantry a rich BROWN paint makeover and got her organized and our lives are changed!
Here’s how it looked before. It was a terrible space to be in. No organization. A fluorescent light that was always left on and a dingy paint color that was doing no favors.
Organizing is actually one of my favorite things to do and we just haven’t had much time since moving in a couple months ago, but I knew that getting this pantry organized would improve our every day lives. Of course I couldn’t just stop at organizing when a quick paint job would do wonders. I really believe windowless rooms thrive off of a good moody paint color. Without proper lighting, a light paint color won’t make a dark room look bright and airy–it just won’t.
We were really inspired by the Adorne line from Legrand and their newest finish–graphite! It was developed to coordinate with the growing demand for black appliances, hardware and fixtures and has a really rich, dark finish with some metallic fleck to create lots of depth. We chose a warm, deep brown called Sherwin Williams Van Dyke Brown–a rich, luxe color I can’t get enough of it–to coordinate. (Note: Brown is making a major comeback and I’m into it!)
You can see in the photo above with all the samples I considered and our old white outlet in the background that would stick out like a sore thumb with the new rich color. We are slowly updating all of our switches and outlets to Legrand’s Adorne line–our favorite for style and functionality and for the pantry, we definitely wanted to use their motion-activated light switch (a sanity saver with young kids!) and their distinguished square outlets. (Like, how do they make an outlet and switch look cool!?)
During our kitchen reno, we moved our microwave into the pantry and it has worked so well in here! We’re saving the second outlet to fulfill our dreams of adding a pebble ice maker one day. As for the light switch, because we went the motion sensor route (a must for brief walk-in spaces like closets and pantries!), Chris had to move it inside the pantry from the other side of the wall.
It was pretty straight forward! He made sure the power was off. Then marked all the wires and noted how they were connected. And then put them back together in a new box on the other side. Legrand’s wall plates and devices fit into existing electrical boxes for fast and easy installation and they fit flush within the wall plates, eliminating the need for visible screws.
Now when we walk in, the lights automatically go on like they’re greeting us! And we set them to stay on for a minute after motion is detected. It’s truly a game changer.
I thought it might be fun to share a little video tour next week of how I organized everything. I have a few different systems. Some basics, like a baking section and a drink section and pasta/rice section. But then also a breakfast shelf and lunch shelf and then snacks for Chris and I out of reach of the girls so they don’t accidentally start eating all of our bars.
Also–Chris made a pretty sweet spice rack–he just made it out of the blue!–that I’m sure he’d love to chat about, too. So, video walkthrough party in our tiny pantry coming at you soon! Until then, anyone else on the brown train?!