Pantry Between the Studs

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During our recent kitchen renovation I moved my fridge into the space where the pantry used to be in order to allow for some much needed counter space. The kitchen is TINY, just 10x10, so there wasn't anywhere IN the kitchen to put a new one, so I did the next best thing - we built a pantry between the studs just outside the kitchen door.
We started by relocating some a light fixture and switch to another wall.
Next we carefully cut out the old lathe and plaster wall, creating 2 sections for the new pantry. The size of your pantry will be dictated by how far apart your studs are.
After making sure the old wiring was dead ended and safely tucked away, we boxed in the pantry using luan for the back, 1x6" boards for the frame and 1x4" boards for the shelves.
I painted the back to match the wall and the trim and shelves went white.
I created sliding doors out of black iron pipe from the plumbing aisle and a pair of doors from the ReStore.
It's unbelievable how much additional storage this little pantry creates, and I think almost anyone could find a spot for something like this. For all the details including a great tip for making the doors slide easier on the hardware, please visit my blog.

Julie Briggs
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  • Lorraine Lorraine on Nov 25, 2019

    How are the shelves attached?

  • Aleta Aleta on Oct 08, 2020

    I've wanted to do this but was afraid with the plaster and lathe! How did you open up the spaces without destroying the plaster on the whole wall?

  • Linda Linda on Nov 19, 2020

    What hardware did you purchase for the sliders? I did this a few years back when the slider door craze first hit but the doors were very unstable after the installation. They easily lifted off and were unstable during usage. Could you post the product and comment? I would like to try this again. Excellent idea! Thanks

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  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on Nov 19, 2020

    As long as this isnt on an outside wall where the home's insulation seal would be compromised,I can see where a lot of usable space could be gained.I have often yhought of trying to use this method in a smaller-than -desired dining room to display some of the two sets of beautiful dishes inherited from a great aunt.

  • MountainMama MountainMama on Jan 19, 2021

    Love this idea! I’ve been contemplating it for years for my tiny kitchen. I did make an inset spice rack next to my stove, covered by a cabinet door which has worked out great! You’ve given me the courage to try something bigger!

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