Guess what? We finished our mini pantry overhaul, and my kitchen is finally accessible, again! Wahooo!! That means awesome recipes coming at you guys, this week!
I thought I’d share with you guys what we did to brighten up our pantry, and make my time in the kitchen a little cheerier (since that’s where I spend 90% of my time!). Sorry the photos are a bit grainy, but my little kitchen and pantry don’t get very much light!
I do wish I had taken a few before photos of our pantry and the wire pantry rack with all of the stuff on them, because you can’t really grasp how much of an improvement this is without knowing how disheveled and disorganized it all was before. How I even found ANYTHING is a mystery. Actually, no, it’s not, because I never did find anything, and then ended up with 5 boxes of aluminum foil, including a commercial-sized roll that weighs like 20 pounds…unopened, of course. Anyone need some foil?
Buuuut, this is what we started with after we removed EVERYTHING from the pantry, including the wire shelves. Just FYI, this paint (that is literally on every wall and ceiling in the entire house) is actually The Worst. Not only is it a terrible, mind-numbing beige, but it is IMPOSSIBLE to clean. As you can see there are some pretty awesome stains there in the pantry. Because guess what? You try and scrub that with a sponge and it takes off the paint, and then the water leaves a stain. You want to use a pencil to mark a place for something on your wall? Good luck getting that off! And don’t even try to use the eraser because then all hell breaks loose and you’re left with a huge smudge.
Needless to say, we’re sick of this crappy paint, and finally decided to start getting rid of it. The pantry, because it’s so small, and this is our first home DIY thing, was the best place to start!
We painted the ceiling and baseboards a nice white color, and decided to get a little crazy and paint the walls a brilliant sky blue. It makes the tiny space so much happier!
Oh, and the paint we decided on was the Behr Marquee in an eggshell finish (not sponsored I’m just a very happy customer!). I don’t have enough words to describe how much I LOVE this paint. It’s a paint and primer in one, and you only need a single coat. We bought a can of white and a can of blue, but we have tons extra to use in other parts of the house. Seriously. It will cover anything and everything in one coat. Plus, it dries SUPER fast. We had everything painted in a day and a half!
After everything was painted, and the shelves scrubbed (they were sticky and nasty), I put everything back in. I tried to minimize clutter by storing like things together in plastic tubs. I also use clear plastic jars or sealed containers, clearly labeled, to store all my baking stuff. It makes it easy to see what you’re looking for, and it’s better than having everything in its original packaging taking up room.
Of course, I have way too many ingredients (and you wouldn’t believe how much I tossed out), but such is the life of a baker, I guess?
I also have too many kitchen gadgets. Luckily, they now all have a home in the pantry instead of all over my counters, though!
The wire shelving unit in the kitchen used to be three tiers of complete and utter chaos. There were Ziploc baggies of baking ingredients EVERYWHERE, and it looked like a bomb went off. I ended up storing everything that was on it in the pantry, and chose to just store somewhat visually attractive things on it (like sprinkles and my hot pink mixer), since it’s one of the first things you see in the house.
We also added an extra shelf, and swapped out two of the old shelves for specialized shelves. One is a metal working surface that I can cool sheets of cookies on, or what have you, and one is a pull-out shelf that makes accessing all the little jars of sprinkles and cupcake liners super simple.
I feel like this post is getting way too long and ramble-y, and I’m really not sure if anyone but me finds this interesting, so I’m going to go for now, but I’ll be back tomorrow with a recipe!
P.S.—Rook is very excited he doesn’t have to eat his meals on the porch anymore 😛