If you had to describe your pantry in one phrase, would it be a “sanity saver” or a “frustration maker”?
These four easy-access pantries are for you if you’re spending more time looking for stuff than getting stuff done.
1. Barn Door Pantry
Talk about inconvenient. Julie from the blog “Build, Sew, Reap” had to hike to her garage to retrieve stuff from her makeshift pantry. And that wasn’t the only problem: The wet winters in her area did nothing for food freshness.
So she created a built-in pantry right in her dining room wall, across from her kitchen in her open floor plan. Even better, it provided a dose of architectural interest.
How did she pull it all together? Julie built out the space with drywall, installed three Ikea Billy bookcases for the interior, used three secondhand doors for the barn door, and bought other accoutrement, like a standard closet track system, from a home improvement store.
See the project.
2. Front-and-Center Organization
Homeowner Melissa was sick of digging through the four deep shelves in her pantry to find items stuffed in the back. So she created custom, curved shelving that took maximum advantage of her limited space and ensured pantry items were front and center.
Instead of installing shelves that were the same depth as the closet, she came up with a narrower design that maximized space across the closet’s back wall and two side walls. The result is an organized closet that keeps everything conveniently in sight.
See her tutorial here.
3. French Door Charm Replaces Off-Kilter Bifold
Danielle, the blogging mommy behind “2 Little Superheroes,” had a bifold pantry door that kept falling off its tracks. It made grabbing stored items a dreaded task. The off-kilter door also created a tripping hazard for her kids.
She considered replacing it with a different type of door, but the doors she liked cost around $100 -- a deal breaker.
Instead, she converted her busted bifold into a functional French door. She wasn’t 100% certain her idea would pan out. But with her mother’s help and $20 worth of hardware, she made it work. Get all the deets here.
4. Doubling Down on Pantry Storage
Large platters and plates are awkward to store. Christy, one of the DIY mavens at “11 Magnolia Lane,” came up with an ingenious $40 pantry door rack that doesn’t waste precious shelf space.
She used pine board and wood dowels to create frames that protect oversized servingware.
FYI, this project requires some sawing. if that doesn't appeal, you can have the wood cut to size by your local home improvement store. Just make sure you measure twice to get the dimensions right.
Check out the DIY here.
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