Kitchen Pantry Converted to a Coffee Bar

Hey, friends! Today I'm sharing the details on my awkward, messy kitchen pantry turned coffee bar!
This pantry was always an awkward mess.

I tried, I really did.

I've cleaned that thing out so many times and labeled things and bought cute bins and searched pinterest for organizational inspiration. But the shelves were always too deep, the arrangement was awkward and the bifold door constantly came off the track.

-I ripped everything out of the pantry, shelves and all.

-I removed those horrible bifold doors.

-I removed this upper cabinet from another section of the kitchen. It just happened to be the perfect size for the pantry area. I hung it and removed the cabinet doors.

-I bought a used lower cabinet from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $20.

-I created a faux butcher block countertop out of 4x6 wood planks. I sealed cracks using clear silicone and sealed the wood with clear polyurethane.

-I primed the cabinets with Stix bonding primer and painted them with Benjamin Moore Advanced paint in Dove White.

-Luckily, there was an outlet on the opposite side of this wall. I was able to cut a hole and tie into the power so I could add an outlet.

-I cut wood and trim to finish everything off and fill in the extra gap left in the opening next to the lower cabinet.

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Sarah Lemp {All Things with Purpose}
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  • Lori Summers Lori Summers on Apr 18, 2016
    This looks great! We are thinking of doing this in our house. Can you tell me what size your pantry was to begin with?
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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Feb 16, 2016
    Great idea! And it looks lovely!
  • Barbara Barbara on Feb 16, 2016
    So now where do you go with all that was in the pantry. I love the coffee bar but I would be lost without my pantry for canned goods, crock pots, etc. I don't have other options at the moment. You did a great job.
    • @Barbara Thanks! I have a mud room/laundry room off of the garage that also has lots of room for pantry items. You're right, if you don't have another spot there is no way to go without. I did downsize a lot of stuff and was able to fit my crockpot in the new lower cabinet there, for example.