Our kitchen is the original kitchen from the early 1980’s when my parents bought the house. We have updated the counters, flooring and spruced up the cabinets with a fresh coat of paint over the last 2 years but the size and cabinet space is original providing limited storage space. Behind the closed cabinet doors lies a disaster of piled dishes, pots, pans, a nightmare of mismatched tupperware and boxes of food stacked on top of each other. We decided to empty a small closet off the kitchen and convert it to a kitchen pantry for snacks, assorted pasta, baking items and canned goods.
So here we go, the smallest closet on the planet is about to be converted to a food pantry. Would you believe me if I told you this is the only closet on the entire first floor (the original part of the house) and it use to be the coat closet when I was growing up? Can you imagine this little tiny closet was the only place to hang coats in the house. A couple years ago, prior to blogging, I removed all the coats and added floating shelving. We had no place to store small kitchen appliances so once we added a new coat closet in our finished basement, this tiny closet became prime property in my eyes for kitchen items.
I haven’t quiet figured out how to strategically fit all the food while creating a functional and stylish pantry but this is my current project and where my main focus is as of today.
I have a feeling I need to remove the existing shelves and add more, spacing them closer together. I am hoping that I can get away with just adding to what is already here.
Here is one of our junk food cabinets which is difficult to access as you have to squeeze beside the refrigerator. My hope is that by creating a kitchen pantry, even though it will be small, the food will be accessible and organized.
What a mess! I removed everything over the weekend from the existing closet and now that it’s empty, I can see the potential. The start of our kitchen pantry is underway and hopefully a stylish organized space will emerge soon! My dad saw me removing everything over the weekend and he said, “what are you doing?” I told him I was making a kitchen pantry and his response, “good luck!” He avoids me when I start ripping things apart, he’s afraid to get sucked into a project :). Looking for more organization projects? Check out our newly created craft drawer below.