From Spotlight: Every Square Inch!

Now-You-See-It, Now-You-Don’t Pantry

Space-saving can storage next to refrigerator
Image: "Classy Clutter"

This homeowner created kitchen storage out of thin air. You can, too.

Finding hidden storage in the kitchen is always a treat. That’s why we’re sharing "Classy Clutter’s" rolling pantry, which gives slivers of space new purpose.

Mallory (half of the "Classy Clutter" team) built the portable pantry to fit the 6-inch space between her refrigerator and wall -- a common underused place in many kitchens.

The neat thing about this project is that it’s adjustable. You can make it as big or small as you need. And it's totally DIYable if you have basic skills with a drill, hammer, and screwdriver.

Pull-Out Pantry

Here’s what else you’ll need:

  • Wood boards -- Mallory used primed pine (about $15 per foot for 1-inch-by-4-inch)
  • Dowels to hold cans in place ($1.50 for 1/2-inch-by-4 feet)
  • Sheet of beadboard (75 cents per square foot)
  • 4 casters ($3 each)
  • Handle or pull

Her rolling pantry was 64 inches high and 31.5 inches wide, and she only needed seven shelves. (Nine were on the plan.)

The other cool thing with this project is that you can jazz it up as much as you want. Mallory wanted the pantry to match her kitchen décor, so she spray-painted a blue-green chevron design on it, which made a really nice background for spices and soup cans.

Mallory says she got the idea on Pinterest. (We’ve been collecting other great ideas on our Perfect Pantry Projects page on Pinterest.)

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Lisa Kaplan Gordon is an award-winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer who contributes to real estate and home improvement sites. In her spare time (yeah, right!), she gardens, manages three dogs, and plots to get her 21-year-old out of her basement.