Turn a Totally Useless Space Into Massive Pantry

Sharon Roselli
by Sharon Roselli
3 Days
We had a small pantry that was only about 2 feet deep with wire shelves. I hate the wire shelves (they sag when you put just a few canned goods on them).
This was the before. I had a very small pantry tucked into the corner of the kitchen. I love to cook, so I have lots of kitchen gadgets. I also like to keep my pantry stocked well. The space was totally inadequate. My kitchen gadgets were all over the house (you know, my electric skillet was tucked in the hall closet, my rotisserie was in the laundry room, etc.) Our home has textured walls and rounded corners, so I knew there were going to be a lot of details involved.
Framing and drywall took a day. Then a couple days to spackle and paint.
Now we're ready to install the shelving.
We decided to use the bracket and strip type shelving. It was much easier than framing, and I like the ability to adjust shelves if necessary.
What used to be just a wall is now a 10 foot pantry. I think it looks fantastic. You can't see in the photos, but I converted the old pantry into a closet in the hallway which is just on the other side of the kitchen. Totally functional use of space.
Everyone asked "Why do you need a 10 foot pantry?" As you see, I didn't have a problem filling it.
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  • Plantation Pandemonium Plantation Pandemonium on Mar 26, 2023

    My question is why would you NOT need a huge pantry!?! Everyone needs a huge pantry, and then they can have CLEAN countertops! :)

    Do you still have access to the space beside the refrigerator? (Old pantry?) or did it get lost in the remodel?

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  • SHERRY SHERRY on Aug 18, 2015
    Great idea but I would paint the cabinets white to match you would be surprised how bright and clean your kitchen will look
    • Sharon Roselli Sharon Roselli on Aug 18, 2015
      @SHERRY I totally agree, but it's one step at a time...baby steps. LOL
  • Heidi N Heidi N on Aug 18, 2015
    I can understand your situation perfectly. I have a pantry that is about 2 feet wide and 36 inches deep. Not very functional since I have to remove items to get to other items. Also have a closet in the laundry room that is full of excess kitchen gadgets. Can't wait for a kitchen remodel!!!