We had big plans for our house when we discovered we were moving back, and one of those ideas involved moving our measly and awkward pantry a few steps over and turning it into a walk-in pantry.
I’m so excited for today’s post. Like, super-duper excited! When we lived in Italy we didn’t even have a pantry. Our kitchen had five cabinets—total—for everything. Our pots, pans, and dishes took up the majority of those, and everything else was left to fend for itself. We got very creative for where we put things, so the thought of not only having a pantry again, but a walk-in pantry, was (is) beyond exciting.
Let me get right to the nitty-gritty. On the left is what our pantry looked like before, and on the right you can see the entry-way alcove we turned it into:
Just a few steps away from our old pantry was our laundry room/storage area, also known as: our new pantry and laundry room! It originally had the dreaded wire shelving hung up, but the last time we lived here we replaced the wire shelves with regular wood shelves. That would’ve been totally fine to leave it that way, but we went a few steps further…
First we took out all of the shelving and cabinets so we could start with a clean slate. Then we ditched the drab yellow walls, gave it a new paint job, and tore up the ugly linoleum and replaced it with dark “engineered” hard wood floors (still linoleum, but better quality than before). Once the new floors were in place, my husband got to work installing the new shelves. They’re the “Billy” line from Ikea, and with a little tweaking on his part, they fit our new space like a glove.
Can I just say that this is one of my favorite rooms in our house? I love that there’s a place for everything, and that it’s all organized. I love having the two doors in the pantry that close so I can keep our canned goods in there (I have my baking stuff stashed away in there). I adore the EAT letters that practically smack you in the face when you look in the pantry, and I really like having labels on all of our canisters. Everything else has a home in there, which makes putting things away and finding what you need really, really easy.
There’s only one thing missing—the laundry room! Did you notice that I didn’t show you a whole side to this room? Oh, I’m so sneaky! I’ll share the rest of this room in an upcoming post, so if you liked this, you’ll definitely like what else we did in there!