Today I am sharing a fun afternoon project with my neighbor, a DIY Kitchen Closet Pantry for under $100. A couple weeks ago, my neighbor and I were texting (our boys were playing outside together) and I mentioned I was working on toy organization. She texted back and said, “well I have lots to organize if you ever run out of things to do.” My response was something along the lines of, “haha. Send me a picture of your snack cabinet.” I was kind of joking but half serious. Long story short, I offered to help for a couple hours the next day and we shopped her house that afternoon for baskets and bins. I shared a picture of our organized kitchen pantry and she decided she wanted a few clear bins to help keep snacks organized.
All of the homes in our neighborhood were built in the late 60’s and most of the homes started out as a ranch. Over the years (us included), homeowners have either ripped off the roof and added a second floor, add on multiple additions or added on a two car garage. My neighbor’s home is a traditional ranch and they have gutted most of the first floor and opened it up so that the kitchen and living room space are one big room. The kitchen renovation is currently underway and they have plans to paint the kitchen cabinets, build an island and replace the countertops. In the meantime, her snacks, cooking, baking and everything food related were jammed into every cabinet and nearby closet.
Marla giggled when I said, “Are you ok with me sharing these pictures on the blog?”
When they opened up the kitchen and living space (by tearing down a couple walls) this closet was one that use to be part of a hallway off the kitchen.
We decided to relocate the cleaning supplies in this closet to another space and add additional shelving to create more storage for food. They decided that having all of the kids snacks and baking items would be perfect for this newly created kitchen closet pantry.
This is a pure example of working with what you have and making the best out of the existing storage space available.
We emptied all of the snacks from the kitchen cabinets and used the new food storage containers that they bought along with baskets and bins that they already had. If you shop your own home, you will be amazed at what you can find!
They added two wooden shelves in the closet to add more storage and they purchased a door rack for all the baking items. Check out our DIY Floating Shelves Tutorial on how to install wooden shelves with cleats. What a difference they made in our laundry room!
Now all kids snacks are in one place and they can actually see what they need when they go grocery shopping. My friend Marla likes to stock up on snacks, especially crackers (as you can see the entire top shelf is lined with cracker boxes) so the additional shelving worked out perfectly.
Her husband was a good sport considering we sprung this project on him in the middle of the weekend during football.
The storage bins from HomeGoods worked out great for bags of chips along with the containers for flour and sugar.
By cleaning out all the snacks and baking items from the kitchen cabinets, this freed up a tremendous amount of space in the kitchen area for reorganization of canned goods, cooking items and other food.
The existing wood shelving in the closet was reclaimed from their basement closet that they remodeled. It’s always a win when you can reuse something and not spend the money on new. For under $100, we were able to transform a small closet off their kitchen into an organized kitchen closet pantry. How many of you have a strangely placed, small little closet off your kitchen? If your house was built over 30+ years ago, I bet you do! Be sure to check out our 9 DIY organization kitchen tips for more ideas.