May 10, 2011

Pantry makeover

Whew!  My pantry makeover is finally done!  We were blessed with a large walk in pantry when we bought this house.  However, I quickly realized that it can also be a curse because it begins to become a pit hole for all kinds of storage.  After a while, I did not even know what we had in there and would ultimately end up buying multiples of things we already had (i.e. pancake boxes).  Here is the before and you might understand why it was hard to find anything.

You can see that I had good intentions with the baskets to help corral the chaos.  However, there was no rhyme or reason where things were stored.  More just shoved here or there.


I enlisted the help of my friend and neighbor, Renee of Floating Lilly, to get me started on organizing the pantry.  I think we can all agree that it seriously needed some help!  After Renee and I initially met, it still took some time to completely finish it because there was some fine tuning I did until I felt it was just right.

Here is how our pantry looks today.  I am very, very happy with it and because we now have a process it placed everything has remained organized. 


The silver wire baskets came from Target, although they no longer carry them in the stores or online.  I hope they bring them back because they are great for storage and were only $5.99 each.


One of the former baskets that was not donated ended up being a catch all for the boys cups.


I love to bake so almost all of this side is dedicated to baking.  You'll notice the two gray crates, one which holds candy molds and boards and the other is for cookie cutters.

Back to the cooking side, an expandable shelf (from Bed Beth and Beyond) holds the canned goods.  Next to this a silver container from IKEA hides packets such as taco seasoning mix.  The two ribbed glass containers are from HomeGoods.  These jars and the next basket is our pasta section.


The clear, plastic jars on the right, in the picture above, are also from HomeGoods.  The containers with the latches next to them are from Walmart.  They come in either a round of square shape and are advertised as shatterproof.

I picked up these handy dandy containers from IKEA for our crackers and cereal.  This picture just makes it blatantly obvious how much I need to go to the store to replenish the stock!  You might also notice the kids' juices next to this which are organized by apple, berry or fruit punch.


My cake stands, apothecary jars and entertaining plate stands are now in a corner ready for a special occasion.


I have deep shelves and the corners were not being used to the best of their ability.  Renee suggested placing lazy susan's there (genius idea!) and it now hold things such as the olive oil, soy sauce, peanut butter and the likes.



The vinyl labels on the baking/food staples just may be my favorite part of the pantry!  I ordered them from Say it on the Wall and loved the fact that I could customize them to my specific needs.  I mean because who really needs bleached and unbleached flour? 


Sadly it takes three containers to hold the baking supplies, baking tools and baking chocolate.  Anyone getting hungry for dessert?



I was looking for a way to hide many of my baking stuff.  I came up with the idea to use wood crates, found at either Michael's or Jo-Ann, to do just the job.  I painted them using Deco Art's medium gray acrylic paint.  I picked up wooden circles at Jo-Ann, spray painted them with chalkboard paint and then attached them to the crates with some pretty ribbon.

Let's take another look shall we.  Tomorrow I'll be sharing about what is under the curtains in the pantry.


Linking up: DecorChick

17 comments:

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

Gosh!  This is the most beautiful pantry I have ever seen.  You're making everyone jealous.

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

Hi there.  Your pantry looks great! I wish I had that much space. Where did you get the glass jars which hold your unbleached flour, flour, powdered sugar and rice?! Love those and they are a great size! Thanks, Alison 
alison.bahm@me.com

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

I understand your comment about large corner walk in pantries!  When it was just the two of us, I could keep it under control - now I am getting rid of the walk in pantry when I do my kitchen refit...

I love how you have organised your pantry and may just borrow some of your ideas...

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

 What a great pantry makeover!  I really love the wire baskets!  Everything looks so good now- it must feel awesome to walk in there now!

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

Oh My Gosh this cannot be a pantry? Wow! It looks fantastic I love the jars and labels and the silverware on display. Ok you have my hooked now I'm your newest follower :)

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

I found a picture of your pantry on Pinterest today, WOW, it is so pretty & well-organized.  What a great job you did.

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

Wow! I saw that someone had pinned a picture of your pantry on Pinterest. BEAUTIFUL. I have an open panty like this too and I'm slowly adding new and cute conatiners.

Do you mind me asking what kind of font you used for the labels on your jars? I could NOT find a font I liked to print out labels..

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

This is fantastic! I have a very large mud room/laundry room right off the kitchen. I really want to do something similar to this in there!
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Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

Wow, wow, wow... my pantry is fairly organized, but you are making me want to get all the cute little jars! Being gluten-free, I have a million different flours... that's my biggest thing. Love the jars and containers. Looks so great!

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

I'm a new follower and I Love, Love, Love your pantry.  I will organize mine....after I finish painting the kitchen cabinets!   

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

Kristy - it was a long time coming and the pantry definitely needed the
love. Being gluten free, have you heard of the cookbook 'baby cakes'. Well
it is actually a dessert book (right up my alley) but I have been wanting to
try the recipes in there.

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

Hi Kathryn! Thanks so much for the kind words about our pantry. That is
too funny because we are thinking about doing our kitchen cabinets next. I
would love to hear how you are loving or maybe not so loving the process.
Looking forward to it!

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

cute!  looks like shelley's at HOUSE OF SMITHS 

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

very beautiful!  I have a pantry that needs help desperately!  Thanks for the tips =  )    

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

No problem! It took me a while to start thinking like an organizer, thanks
to my friend Renee, to make sure everything had a spot in the pantry once
and for all. :)

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

Shelley's pantry is definitely awesome and such a gold standard!

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

This pantry is amazing!!!!! 

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