My new PANTRY!!!!

I LOVE IT!!!

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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.

VOILA!!!

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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!)