My new PANTRY!!!!


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Look how ROOMY this baby is???

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Soooooooooooooooo much nicer than the 2′ deep kitchen cupboards that I never knew what the heck was shoved way in the back!

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Michael built the shelf from scratch.  We used an old pair of shutter doors that I had painted turquoise to use for display at shows, and some old copper color door pulls.

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I decided to paint the inside yellow instead of white. Still nice and bright, but easier to keep clean.  (Plus, I had a lot of left over yellow paint to use up!)

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Michael designed the height of the shelves to perfectly fit the canned goods stacked two high.

7.28.09 pantry007Close up of the construction detail: Michael built a basic ‘bookshelf’  design, then added front trim, which is what we attached the doors to. Michael thought the extra support that the trim added would be a good idea since we’d be storing a lot of heavy items. As you can see, his forethought was WISE!

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Picture at the base. As with ALL the items that Michael and I build from scratch, here’s who we did it:

* I give him an idea of what I want.

* He sketches it out and figures measurements.

* He cuts all the pieces.

*I sand and paint all the pieces BEFORE he puts them together. MUCH faster to paint that way!

* Then he puts it together using an air nailer, and I touch up the paint a tad.


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NOW, I just have to figure out what to do with this STUPID little accent window. WHY in the world would you put a frosted window on the wall between the kitchen and dining room?!?!?! I hate them! And this is just ONE of Four of them throughout the house. As you may be able to tell in the photo, we have a bookcase in front of the window on the other side. How can I disguise this one?!?!?

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This is my cute little turquoise ‘retro’ clock that I got at Target. I also have a bunch of vintage red/white enamelware pans that I will probably hang on this wall, and maybe on the side of the pantry. Maybe I should just make a curtain to hang over the window??? I’ll have to search for some vintage looking red and turquoise fabric.

Didn’t get a heck of a lot else done in the kitchen last night. It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO hot and I was pretty fatigued after they took so much blood yesterday. I did get one tiny corner of the counter ‘prettied up’ though:

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Still awaiting the HIGH temp for the day to hit. Last I looked at our home outside thermometer it was 110!!! (I wish I was kidding!)

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  1. I love your pantry. We moved into a house last October and it has no pantry. Right now, our food is on a ugly shelving unit in the laundry room. Hubby is supposed to build me a pantry, but you know how that goes! I will show him pics of yours to see if that might work in our space too! I would find a cute wall hanging, framed print, or something like that to cover your window that you hate. Just cover it up with something cute that matches your room and noone will be the wiser! I know you are very creative and can figure out something that will work fabulously. Congrats again on the pantry!

  2. hi! Just wanted to pass on a thought to you… Those windows would be very easy to take out. Then simply screw in a couple of boards to fit your newly open hole to screw drywall (cut to fit) to. Tape and mud and paint. No awkward window any more!! 🙂

  3. Love the pantry. Nice job! As for the little window, rather than take it out, if the glass is inset, why not put some shelves inside the window and put to use displaying spices, or vintage/period items. You could paint the glass, create a stained glass window instead or a light box with a cafe curtain covering. Just some ideas.

  4. This is a creative idea for a pantry.

    I agree with the above. Remove those windows and do a sheet rock repair. My is a painter/handy man and repairs sheet rock all the time.

    I found you when searching for ideas for using old fence boards.

  5. How about painting the window glass with blackboard paint?

  6. […] as a ‘back up’ craft storage room, Michael is going to build me a BIG shutter cupboard (similar to the pantry he built me!) to go in this corner to store supplies in.  I just hung these faux clock faces there […]

  7. Where did you get the bookshelf? My new house doesn’t have one and I need one. This would be perfect!

    • We BUILT the shelf to fit the shutters.

    • We BUILT the shelf to fit the shutters.

      • Would love specs on cabinet, I need something like this for my bathroom! Example what did you use for the back, plywood?? Are the shelves supported by outside nails or something inside?? Thanks 🙂

      • We built the pantry to fit the size of the shutter doors. Shelves are ‘air nailed’ in place since we are using it for HEAVY stuff. For backing we usually use 1/8″ luan; but ANY kind of wood would do. We went with thinner wood to keep the weight down on this piece.


    • We BUILT the shelf to fit the shutters.

  8. Cover the window with chalkboard contact paper!! Then you have a convenient place for shopping list, menu plan, or just a cute saying.

  9. Thanks for the quick reply we are redoing the master bath and need a pantry for towels and all the misc stuff, this will be perfect since its an odd sized area. Wish is luck!

  10. Just slide your pantry over! Love the shutter doors!

  11. I’m going to look for a book shelf similar to this. Could you give me the measurements y’all used? I am planning on finding shutters and a book case.

    • We specifically custom built the shelf ‘to size’ to fit the shutters. You will need to do the same. Since shutters are hardest to come by; I’d suggest looking for those first . . . then search for a shelf that FITS the size of your shutters.


  12. Can you give a list of supplies used and measurements please?
    Thank you!!

    • Sorry, I cannot. We had the set of shutters and built the shelf ‘to fit’ the shutters; which is basically what anyone else would need to do. The size of your finished cabinet entirely depends upon the size of the shutters you have/buy.


  13. I love it

  14. Turn the window into a chalk board! If dining room on other side can put a stencil on that side to look like art work!

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