Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Pantry transformation

When the previous owners built the old pantry, they took space from the master bedroom walk-in closet. And because the old kitchen had so little counter space, we put our microwave inside that pantry and that's why there is a good size hole looking into our closet (below). Which meant my clothes invariably took on the smell of whatever I was cooking in the microwave for these past 18 years. I'm not even kidding.
When we finally gutted the pantry, we decided to make it even bigger, which meant taking even more closet space, which was fine by me. I'll take more pantry space over closet space any day!

Thankfully we had extra tile to extend into the pantry. And those wood shelves from the Pyrex cabinet (see previous post) came in handy for pantry shelving. I also had a counter installed ~ which makes it a Butler's Pantry, right? Ok, to me it does.

Remember my inspiration? Well, I knew I wanted a counter top inside the pantry for my toaster oven. I probably use my toaster oven more than any other appliance in my kitchen, but I did not want it set out on the counter. And yes, that does mean I have to have the pantry door open while using it, but I don't mind in the least.

Anyway, I scoured every place you can think of to find the perfect counter top ~ Ikea, Home Depot, thrift stores, ReStore, etc. Oh, but let me clarify, not just any counter top... a counter top on clearance. Well, I finally found the perfect one on clearance at Lowes ~ $27.00! YES!

But I gotta tell, we've been using it for months without a door... and quite frankly, it's rather bothersome having to open a door to get inside my pantry. ha!

A huge thank you to my handy, handsome husband! 
I love and appreciate you so much Randy!

And my favorite feature ~ it's THE coolest night light EVER!!
Two years ago during the kitchen remodel, my husband wired the pantry with a light switch,
so we could turn it off and on without opening the door.
Makes for the ultimate cozy kitchen ambience!

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amy t schubert said...

oh my word I LOVE it! Can't wait to see it in real life!

blesid said...

I just love the last picture... it is THE PERFECT nightlight! It is so nicely organized, great job!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I have always loved those pantry doors...and it is fabulous with the light on!

Judi said...


Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage said...

It's beautiful! That door was one heck of an amazing find, and it looks absolutely perfect in your kitchen. Love it!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow! That looks great, Linda! I love that door, too. I always wished I had a pantry like that so I could do a door like yours.

chateau chic said...

One can never have too much storage space in the kitchen. Love the pantry you created as well as the cool door.
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Nancy Hann said...

Beautiful job Randy! Great bargain hunting, Linda! What a team.

Design For Kitchen Cabinet said...

Great post and the kitchen looks lovely. thanks for sharing it.