I love it when a project comes together EXACTLY as planned and that is how my pantry turned out!! I dreamed this pantry up after longing for more storage space in my kitchen. Keep in mind I’ve lived in this house over 23 years and it wasn’t until about 6 months ago that I saw it. I saw the potential to add a pantry in my dining room. This would give me the space I needed to move the food that I typically store in my basement up to the area where it’s going to be consumed and used. Last week I was able to get the shelves in the pantry and move all the food upstairs. The exciting part…it ALL fit!! Now I have a ton more usable space in my kitchen cabinets and an entire wire shelving system in my basement to store other things.
Anyway, I know I need to back up a bit because when I last told you about my pantry, it was in the very beginning stages of fruition. I had found an old door at an Amishman’s house and literally built the pantry around it. Crazy, I know…but that’s how we roll!
After completing the walls to the pantry, My Better Half applied the shiplap to give it the desired look. The shiplap is simply 1/8 inch thick floor underlayment plywood cut into 6 inch strips.
The shiplap on this pantry fits in very well with the shiplap on my closet office wall, just across the dining room.
We painted the door and the upper window white to give the pantry a clean crisp look and white washed the shiplap.
Regular 3.5 inch door hinges (barrel hinges) were used to hang the door in the opening. I know the pantry still looks a little plain because I can’t seem to find the perfect door knob. I want something antique that fits the look of the door and the rest of the dining room, but I’m going to have to keep looking!
For the shelving inside the pantry, we hung white KV track so the shelves can be moved up and down based on our storage needs. We chose melamine for the shelves so they can be wiped down easily if something spills.
I’m so excited about this pantry. The amount of storage I get from this floor to ceiling space is remarkable and in my small house filled with lots of people…we needed it!!
I have big plans for the wall next to the pantry and for the rest of the dining room and I’m hoping that since the temperatures are cooling down and we’re forced to be inside, that work will get done much more quickly than the work this summer!
But for now, I’ll just bask in the delight of more storage and keep my eye open for that perfect hardware.
I can’t wait to show you the progress on the back wall, but that’ll have to wait for another day!!