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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Then I built some pull out drawers and used full extension sliders.
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.
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.
Inside was a very shallow wire Shelf. Demolition was the only option.
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  • Sze34612519
    on Dec 27, 2018

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

  • Jacqueline
    on Apr 3, 2020

    Where/how did you learn to build and use to carpentry tools? I would love to do some of these projects but I don’t Know where to get instructions locally to learn to use the tools. I wish that I had taken wood shop in school.

    • David McIntosh
      on Apr 3, 2020

      I started a complete novice... but watched videos on youtube.. learned what I could.. planned what needed to be done and slowly bought nicer tools along the way.

      You really don't need much to get started.

  • Mary Cook Mastin
    on Apr 25, 2020

    Can I build this on a kitchen wall (waisted space need storage) we have a formal dining room no need for kitchen table but I need more storage in the Kitchen

    • David McIntosh
      on Apr 25, 2020

      Any free space/nook can be converted. I actually built this out beyond the old wall to gain more space. Huge difference from what we had before.

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