David McIntosh
David McIntosh
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  • Huntersville, NC

New Custom Pantry Replaces Our Tiny Shallow Closet


I tore out the simple shallow closet we had and put in a custom pantry with built in drawers. Huge improvement.
new custom pantry replaces our tiny shallow closet
You can see the BEFORE pictures on the bottom of this project. I took a picture of my neighbors house and their exact closet we had. They are the BEFORE house for all my projects I did.

First I gutted out the door and the side wall. Behind that light switch is our main plumbing down spout. I though of relocating it but adding bends into sewer lines is not the way you want to get rid of waste, so I left it right were it is.
new custom pantry replaces our tiny shallow closet
I had to build a new side wall and a base to raise it up a bit. You can see where I tore down the existing crown molding on that wall.
new custom pantry replaces our tiny shallow closet
I built 2 main sections... the very top box, and the main area which I initially only split on the top.

I left space on the top for the crown molding and a half round moulding detail I have everywhere else.
new custom pantry replaces our tiny shallow closet
After some last minute planning, I added a split down the whole bottom section. Large drawers would not be as useful here as smaller pull out drawers.

I also added a new can light with a spot light pointing into the space. I tied it into the existing hall light and put in a dimmer.
new custom pantry replaces our tiny shallow closet
Shelves are in... and the first coat of paint. Last minute I routed out a groove for the metal shelf runner... to allow me to adjust the shelves as needed.

I spent a long time deciding what size they needed to be... organization is king.
new custom pantry replaces our tiny shallow closet
Then I built some pull out drawers and used full extension sliders.
new custom pantry replaces our tiny shallow closet
I built some custom doors... adding some soft close hinges.

In the end, it tripled our food storage and gave some storage on top for our punch bowl and party supplies.

So glad we did it! Hope it inspires you.
new custom pantry replaces our tiny shallow closet
I needed a BEFORE picture... so I took one of my neighbors house who has the same layout as us. As you can see the door is small, wasted space to the LEFT with that knock out pillar.
new custom pantry replaces our tiny shallow closet
Inside was a very shallow wire Shelf. Demolition was the only option.
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3 of 8 questions
  • Christina Flake
    on Nov 10, 2017

    What were the dimensions of the finished product?
    • Shelley Felthaus Paull
      on Jul 14, 2019

      To Alan... I think your statement about gaining 4.5-5” in width is probably right. That’s the only difference I can tell between the pictures. I believe the most space gained was in the height-going all the way to the ceiling, and then just the organization with shelves, drawers, etc. So I don’t think the dimensions are necessarily relevant.. I just did a very similar project, taking a coat closet and turning it into a pantry. The only thing I changed structurally was the width of the opening.

  • Lily Schlender
    on Nov 28, 2018

    did you grow up in wyandotte, michigan?

    • Lily Schlender
      on Nov 28, 2018

      you resemble a childhood neighbor with the last name. i forgot to mention that your work is very neat and professional. nice projects.

  • Sze34612519
    on Dec 27, 2018

    What paint color is on the wall in your"before" picture?

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  • Suzanne Tutton
    on Jul 13, 2019

    GREAT JOB!!!!! Probably one of the best I’ve seen.

  • Alma
    on Jul 13, 2019

    I love everything about it. I don’t like wasted space at all.

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