DIY Pantry Renovation

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DIY Pantry Renovation

My pantry wasn't bad before but, if you have ever had wire shelves you understand how difficult it is to keep them 1. organized and 2. items even standing up. Things are always tipping over and it's impossible to see what is behind an item so we ended up wasting a lot of food just from forgetting what we had.

To start this renovation we have to remove everything

We removed the wire shelves and patched any holes that would not be covered in the end.

To start the cabinet build we built a base for them to sit on, we made sure it was level to make the cabinet install that much easier. This was made with 2x4's

Next we started making floating shelves:
using 2x4s we created a frame that attached to studs in multiple locations

we used 3/4 inch plywood on the top of these frames and 1/4 inch plywood on the underneath or bottom

My husband built the cabinets out of 3/4 inch plywood and select pine to trim out front of them

I primed everything and did two coats of paint (pure white)

We used faux brick panels from The Home Depot to create a unique "backsplash" that I used spackle to german smear it

We used butcher block as the counter

And added gas pipes to be used to hold a ladder

Our pantry is 5x5 with 9 8 foot ceilings, we measured our containers and larger items we typically have on hand and spaced the 3 shelves out by those measurements. The bottom shelf has the most space for the tall items, for the counter to shelf space we measured my Kitchen aid mixer to make sure it would fit.

and for the cabinet shelves we made those adjustable so we would be able to change those as we needed

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  • Deirdre Deirdre on May 07, 2021

    Can I borrow your husband for my pantry ??? LOL !!! Great job !

  • Joan Hornung Joan Hornung on May 07, 2021

    By the way, where did you find those wire/metal bins?

  • Lori Ward-Laatsch Lori Ward-Laatsch on May 11, 2021

    wow that turned out so awesome. I wish I had a handyman to do this to my small pantry. Even though it is a tiny closet size I think that wrap around shelves 2 different sizes would work for me far better than the 2.5 wire shelves they had in it and I put in 2 rolling shelves because I have to have one side open enough for access to the water turn off. Yes it is stupid that they put it under the floor in a closet!! We had to access it once which required my father to shimmy down head first to reach the turn off knob/handle and he ain't no spring chicken. So my question, aside from where to find a husband or handy man  , is would this work if I needed one wall to be shorter width of shelves? What size our the shelves you put in? Thank you for sharing.


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  • Jody Harris Jody Harris on May 09, 2021

    What a fabulous transformation! I would just go and “be” in there. It’s so calming! Kinda funny to say that about a pantry, but it’s calming to me!

    • CrystalRansons CrystalRansons on May 09, 2021

      Thank you so much! Funny you say that, that is the room I go in when I need to hide from my kids or just relax lol! It really is calming, thank you so much!

  • B B on May 15, 2021

    Love it, great job. I'm keeping this idea in mind. Thank you.