Pantry Makeover Under $100
Well, it's official.... we're HOME OWNERS! Even as a real estate professional and someone who works in the industry, this was an incredibly stressful process. I'm so glad I went through it though, not only for the fact that we got a beautiful home out of the deal, but also for the fact that I think it will make me a better Realtor with a better understanding for what my clients are going through.
ANYWAY. We have already started on the makeover we've had planned since we first walked in those doors. I can't wait to show you tons of before and after pictures, but let's start small, shall we? ;)
For the first time, I HAVE A PANTRY. I didn't realize how much I was missing out on, but if you don't have one....MOVE (& call me. I'll help you find a place *insert shameless self-promotion here*). Seriously, it's wonderful and it makes the whole kitchen feel more efficient and organized. Now, there was nothing inherently wrong with it to start except for the fact that...well, it was ugly. During the move, I had kinda just unpacked food items and thrown them in there wherever they would fit. The chaos of it was driving me crazy and when I came home with a bag of low carb tortillas, only to realize that I had 2 half used packs hiding amongst the clutter, I knew I had to embark on Project: Pantry. Brace yourself. Here's the before:
I started by first, emptying out the whole pantry and lightly sanding down the shelves. A few of them had stains and stuck-on grossness that needed to be removed. I then repainted all the shelves and the wood supports. That gave it an instant face lift and I probably could have stopped there.
But, you know me. I'm never one to leave well enough alone. I then decided to wallpaper the back walls of the pantry with some darling shelf liner that I got from TJ Maxx for...get ready...$5.99 FOR 2 ROLLS. I only ended up using a single roll. I may eventually use the other roll to cover the side walls, but we'll save that for a rainy day.
By this point, I was pretty impressed with myself.... so I drank a glass of wine and sat on the couch to start texting photos to my mom.
After rallying, I gathered all my supplies and began the arduous, but extremely rewarding process of dividing pantry items into categorically-organized and labeled baskets: 1) Snacks, 2) Boxed Mixes, 3) Pastas and Grains, 4) Breads (and 3 half-consumed packs of tortillas), 5) Baking, and 6) Broths and Sauces.
You may recall, from one of my previous posts, Cute & Organized Baking Cupboard, that I dedicated an entire cabinet to baking supplies in my last house. I decided against doing that this time, and now all of my frostings, food colorings, and baking potions are in a neat little basket, with large storage items (flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar, and regular sugar) in jars.
After organizing each item into a basket, I added labels to them and to the jars that you see on the top shelf. These vinyl labels have come in so handy since I purchased them from Amazon a year ago. I finally used up the whole pack of 36. I also added skinny rectangular storage containers for snacks and cereal and a lazy Susan turntable for canned foods and sprinkles.
Before, my pantry stressed me out and probably forced me to waste a lot of money...all those half used bags of tortillas are bound to start adding up. Now, it's bright colors add a hint of joy and the organization takes one less thing to stress about from my day. I'm so in love with it that I've literally been showing pictures to anyone who will listen.
Below, are links to everything I used for this project. While this is not a sponsored post, most items were such a good deal and I'm so pleased with that I couldn't help but share :)