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DIY Custom Pantry

In our new home, we had plenty of closet space, but not enough pantry space to store all the food for our growing children! I decided to transform our laundry room closet into a pantry using MDF and screws! Here's my inexpensive solution..
  • diy custom pantry, closet
Create a layout for the new pantry. Make sure it's useful space for what you will be storing there. Start by buying MDF Sheets that can be cut down into strips to create the foundation of the shelving.
  • diy custom pantry, closet
Install the boards by screwing them into the walls. If there are any horizontal shelves that need to be attached, screw them in first.
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Add some sliding baskets to the layout to store smaller items like bread. It's my favorite part of the new pantry!
  • diy custom pantry, closet
Use a long board of MDF to build a shelf across the top of the closet. Attach it with L brackets.
  • diy custom pantry, closet
I painted the MDF white and hung up a mop and broom hanger to store household items. The MDF was inexpensive and installing it was really easy. I love the extra storage I have now! Check out the full tutorial on Mommy's Tool Belt.

Materials I used for this project:

  • MDF
  • L Brackets

To see more: http://www.mommystoolbelt.com/adding-a-custom-pantry-into-an-existing-closet

Got a question about this project?

  • C Crow
    C Crow Arroyo Grande, CA
    on Feb 15, 2017

    Looks wonderful and so very useful. Nice job!

  • Joseph Girard
    Joseph Girard
    on Feb 16, 2017

    Pre drilling would help. But I'd still go with pegs. Not only more stable but adjustable. MDF is simply compressed wood fibers mixed with a binder. From their own website......"Because it consists of such fine particles, MDF doesn’t hold screws very well, and it’s very easy to strip the screw holes"

  • Giorgia
    Giorgia Brazil
    on Feb 20, 2017

    super cool

  • Jan Koelsch
    Jan Koelsch Wichita, KS
    on Feb 20, 2017

    Great results. Would be good in a laundry room or bedroom closet So creative

  • Vickie
    Vickie Beaumont, TX
    on May 20, 2017

    What a great, grand and wonderful idea! My laundry room has a few shelves we use for some food but VERY inefficient. Your pantry can accommodate all the different sizes of food containers AND still have a place to hang clothes as they come out of the dryer and I could finally get the brooms out of the corner and off the floor. Such a wonderful post! I will get handy hubby on it! Thanks from the bottom of my cluttered utility room, driving me crazy, heart

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