Saturday, August 18, 2012

Kitchen Pantry Overhaul

We successfully tackled the garage back in May (Garage Overhaul), and now it's time for our kitchen pantry.  I knew right off the bat we'd be taking out the old shelving and replacing it - that was the easy part.  Then I started to think about actual storage containers and different ways to make it easy to find things and to know when items need to be replenished.  I found these jars  at Ikea and use them for baking items like flour and sugar.  These OXO Pop Containers will be used for non-baking items.  I think we will stick with only two different types of containers for now.  I needed to label baking jar contents, so I decided to use Chalkboard Contact Paper.  I used the Mat Stack 4 die from Papertrey Ink and ran them through my Cuttlebug.  I looked at different Cricut cartridges for a pretty label, but the one from Papertrey is my favorite, and honestly it was just easier to use my Cuttlebug!  I love the way they turned out.   Next it's on to the work of the actual closet!

Our builder installed very basic wire shelving everywhere in our house - all the bedroom closets, linen closets, laundry room and in our pantry.  I don't like this shelving because items fall through the wires and just looks plain.  When we first started redoing all the bedroom closets we found a great custom closet company online,  Easy Closets.  Their name suits them!!!!  The first closet we did was our master bedroom closet which measures 7 feet by 13 feet.  We designed it to include drawers, shelves, and double hanging.  We maximized the space and it has really worked out well for us.  We also installed a double hanging with shelves in one of the spare bedrooms.  So when it came time to do our oddly shaped kitchen pantry, we knew we'd go right back to Easy Closets!  First, let me tell you we ordered on a Sunday and the shipment was at our door on Tuesday.  That's something to be prepared for.  The pantry closet came in 7 boxes and shipping is free.  Have I mentioned how much I love free shipping?