Pantry Remodel!

Melissa B
by Melissa B
The standard pantries in the house we bought last year were almost unusable. Long deep shelves and only 3-4 of them in a large closet sized area. Thank heavens they had doors. I designed the shelves, my husband cut them out of MDF boards, I painted them with several coats of paint, and he installed them with L shaped aluminum brace. The brace allowed use of the shelf all the way to the back of the space. I counted and measured all the things in my food pantry to make the plan for how many shelves, how wide, tall and deep they needed to be. See the beginning and end result. It's so nice to be able to find things now. It turned out so nice, we did the 2nd pantry where I keep dishes, plastics, and mixed items for the kitchen!
At least it looked nice and neat with the door closed!
Such a disaster... we couldn't find anything in the jumbled mess, and heaven forbid it was at the back!
So you empty first, and knock those shelves out!
It was small closet sized, we repaired any wall damaged and painted. the strips are from the wood they used to hold the former shelves up.
My production line for painting.
I used a left over Behr semi-gloss for the first 2 coats. But finished it off with a nice coat of gloss.
You can see the L shaped aluminum "brace" he used to hold the shelves. Smart hubby.
I can see everything! We did add one more shelf up high a little later. And the bottom shelf is about 8 inches from the floor, so I can clean!
Everything has a place. So nice. No more digging around to find things.
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  • Kiturah Humphrey Kiturah Humphrey on Apr 01, 2018

    Do you believe your configuration would work in a 30 inch wide closet?

  • Spe51409453 Spe51409453 on Jun 07, 2021

    How much space did you put between the shelves?

  • Kar70856413 Kar70856413 on Sep 27, 2022

    How deep are the shelves? (like depth of ice branch of the U to the wall)

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  • Mamabear318 Mamabear318 on Aug 26, 2022

    Looks nice. I would have created more height on the floor and put those heavy containers on the floor. I would be wearing whatever is in them. Lol.

  • Pam Lewandowski Pam Lewandowski on Oct 16, 2022

    I have saved this one for years. Talking Hubby into a work project one weekend!!! YAY!