You Have Room for a Pantry – What’s Next?
Updated: Sep 27, 2022
Emulate a designer pantry but give it your own unique touch.
Pantries….They are a huge asset to have in a home, a pain to design, and a challenging room to keep organized at all times. We’ve all had pantry envy each time we’ve seen Khloe Kardashian or Emily Henderson’s gorgeous looking pantries. But what if I told you, such a well-designed pantry isn’t out of reach, especially if you have the space, are willing to think outside the box, and be creative? Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
My pantry is a decent size, but the room in its original state, left nothing to be desired. It really wasn’t a space I felt eager to rush into for a quick snack. It had builder-grade wired shelves (not very practical), very ugly looking floor tiles (I’m not a fan of brown tiles), and interesting ceiling angles. So, what’s a girl to do when she’s striving for a star struck pantry with a limited budget? Well…
Measure, measure, and measure again
Draw out the space (You can do this by hand. In my case I used tinkercad)
Take a trip to the closest Ikea for some Billy bookcases and doors – these are great because they are affordable, and you can get extensions to increase the height if you have high ceilings
Get some paint, sealant, and some stencils (necessary for the floors and walls)
Have fun sourcing cute and versatile storage containers and/or baskets
Setting up the room was easy from this point on. We took off the builder-grade shelves, painted the walls, stenciled the floors, installed the bookcases, swapped out the old light fixture for a simple, yet stylish black lantern, added some art, and organized all the items. What I love about pantries is the fact that the items in it, if organized just right, become the actual art and/or décor.
You might roll your eyes and say, “This isn’t relevant to me, I don’t have a pantry.” And to that I will say, checkout the kitchen cabinet organization pictures and ODD tips below. It's worth noting that most rules for ODDing a pantry apply to a kitchen cabinet that's used for the same purpose.
Did this inspire you to tackle your own pantry? I hope it did. Let me know in the comments below.
ODD Tips for Pantries
Get inspired – Research pantries that have a similar layout to yours. Pinterest is a great resource
Think outside the box for flooring and cabinetry solutions. Pantry cabinets are expensive, so I used the next best thing, Ikea bookcases. Re-tiling my floors was cost prohibitive, so I stenciled instead
Stick to your budget – it’s easy overspend in the design world
Get food safe storage containers and get rid of the food packaging whenever you can. OXO pop containers (or other vacuum seal containers on Amazon) are a valuable investment
Group like items together keeping in mind how often they are used. Items used often should always be easy to reach
Each item should have its place (that’s how you’ll keep your pantry always organized and clean)
Have a clear vision for what will be stored in the space (but be nimble). Life changes, and your pantry should adapt too
Choose colors that are inviting, yet muted. I chose a Sherwin Williams Olympus White paint and to date, I think it’s the best choice I made for the room
Be creative with your floors. If you can’t afford to rip out your tile, paint, and stencil them. It’s a decision I'm yet to regret
Lighting is important
Always have a landing zone. Meaning, a place to down your items before you place them on shelves. I chose the Ikea Forhoja cart for this purpose
Your food items and dishes should be the stars of the room
Bring in elegance with glass doors while still displaying your valuable possessions
Create visual height with art. I hung a few wall paintings close to the ceiling to bring the eyes up
Use ingenious tricks to hang wall art – pictures don't always have to be framed
Breakdown of Essential Pieces
6 Ikea Billy bookcases (I used the two width sizes Ikea has available)
2 sets of Ikea Oxberg glass doors (I used the two sizes Ikea has available)
1 gallon of Degreaser (only used about a cup for this room)
1 gallon of Zinsser 123 bullseye primer (You can use the Kilz primer as well)
3 cans of Rustoleum aged gray chalk paint
2 cans of Rustoleum linen white chalk paint
1 can of minwax polyacrylic sealant in satin finish (we applied 4 coats)
Paint rollers (use the foam paint rollers for stenciling)