I'm so excited to finally show you what we did with our mess of a pantry that I posted about HERE. I know it was BAD...But not any more. I sure am proud of what we did with this place.
I promise you, I wasn't crazy doing it while sick. I started it last week when I was still OK and I had to finish because my kitchen looked like it was hit by a storm...
I was debating if I should paint it but then decided against it. I kind of like it clean and white.
So are you ready for a sneak peak??
How about a before picture:
Aww...much better! Now a little break-down at what I did. First, I put all of the jars I canned this year on the top shelf:
Yum!! :) Then I added these awesome P.E.T. approved storage canisters:
I got an absolutely amazing deal on these canisters! They are usually $2-3+ in Walmart but I found mine in the classifieds for a lot cheaper. This guy used to have a business but closed up and was selling out his stock. I got all of these containers (20 total: 8 gallon size, 12 half-gallon) for $7!! Oh, I couldn't believe my luck when I saw the price. They were all brand-new still in sealed boxes from the manufacturer. I made some simple tags to go on them.
Then I added a Lazy Susan for oils, vinegars and some sauces:
It's silly but I ALWAYS wanted one. I bought it from Walmart for about $13. I actually should've waited to get it from IKEA for $8. But I didn't know back then and I already removed all the tags. Oh well...I still love it!
On the bottom I added two wooden crates for snacks and baking supplies:
I bought one of these crates in Michaels for $8 after a 40% coupon, and then my parents got another one for me when they were shopping (free!) We keep baking mixes, honey and nuts in one, and crackers, tortilla chips, cookies. etc. in another. We usually don't have that many tortilla chips but I stumbled upon a clearance with bags for 30c each. So I stocked up. I really like them with some homemade salsa.
Another thing we added was this cool wooden bucket that I got for only $2 from DI (local thrift store):
I love it's rustic old look. We keep random things there like fruit snacks, granola bars, nut snacks etc. etc.
And last but not least is my very simple solution for storing grocery bags ( we use them for recycling garbage):
I made it a couple of years ago. It's pretty simple - I just cut a rectangular piece of fabric, sewn it on the side and put elastic on the top and the bottom leaving holes for putting bags in and getting them out. A very simple solution but we like it a lot.
So here it is - my finished pantry. I'm so happy with how it turned out. And by shopping around, checking thrift stores, classifieds, using coupons and thanks to my parents' generosity it only cost us $30!! That's my kind of project :)
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