DIY Pantry Makeover

Our old pantry was functional enough but had a lot of wasted space. When I started this remodel I planned on replacing thAe wire shelving with white shelves, wanted a counter for a coffee pot and a space for our keg orator.
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Here is a before picture:
After taking down the wire shelving, we used two 2x3's to support the bottom shelf and one 2x3 for the middle shelf (along with a wall support). We also used 2x3's as cross supports for the bottom two shelves. The top shelf only needed a 1x2 wall support. To hide the 2x3 supports on the bottom two shelves we used a 1x4 face piece that also keeps stuff from sliding off the shelves. For the top shelf we used a 1x2 for the face piece.
We used modified Ana White / Killer B Design plans for the lower cabinets. I didn't make cabinets for the whole lower space because I wanted room for our Kegorator. My plan for these was to store canned food in the side cabinets and root vegetables in the center.
For durability we tiled the shelves. We also installed sliding wire baskets for root vegetable storage.
We bought a 1-1/2 thick slab of American Walnut butcher block for the counter. Using a jig saw and router we smoothed the edges/cut it to fit and sealed it with Waterlox.
And.. Ta Daahh! Finished pantry :-)
When we decided to go doorless I was worried about having an open pantry. We aren't the tidiest of people. But this makeover made everything much more functional, it really wasn't hard keeping things pretty and organized. I would do this all over again. I think the only thing I might consider re-doing/adding is doors to the lower cabinets, mainly to keep toddlers from taking all the stuff out of the cabinets :-)
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  • Karen Pullen Karen Pullen on Jun 22, 2016
    Where did all of your canned goods go? Beautiful space!

  • Cindy Benchimol Cindy Benchimol on Jun 22, 2016
    Where did you get all the glass jars?

  • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Jul 19, 2017
    In the second "after" picture, I'm seeing jugs of water or vinegar or something similar on the topmost shelf. They aren't visible in the other pictures. Is your lighting behind them, or above them?


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  • Michelle Michelle on Aug 05, 2016
    Beautiful what about vintage cotton cafe curtains to cover bottom cabinet use a tension rod on each side

  • Joanie Joanie on Jul 19, 2017
    Very Nice and organized!! I love it completely.......... My kinda gal!!