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Our Walk-in Pantry Reveal

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:

before pantry and new entry-way alcove

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…

Here are a few “before” pictures:
before laundry room

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.

pantry in progress
And here’s what it looks like today:

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

Clean, colorful, and organized—this is what walk-in pantry dreams are made of!

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!
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35 Comments

  1. Love it!!! The corlor is beautiful and exactly what I have dreamed of for a pantry! I think we pinned the same inspiration pins lol now I want a pantry asap!

    1. I’m still shocked that it’s mine! And I wish you could see the color in real life. I need to get better at indoor pictures, because it’s really more of a mint/aqua than the blue hue that’s showing up. I hope you get a fantastic pantry in your new house!!

    1. Haha I know! I can’t believe we didn’t use that space better the last time we lived here—to think that I went all those years just using a cramped little space when that room was right next door!

  2. Oh my goodness Jessica, I don’t even know where to start! First of all I love the color that you chose, that blue with the crisp white shelving units, gorgeous! It makes the space so bright and cheery too! And don’t you just love a good Ikea hack? Those shelves look the day were custom made to fit in that space! I also really love all the details you put in, especially that “whip it sign”, lol. 🙂 I I’m very jealous of the fact that you have a walk in pantry. Hopefully someday I will too. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’ve had a lot of fun decorating that space 🙂 I hope everyone gets the chance to have a walk-in pantry. It makes meal time a lot less stressful, that’s for sure!

  3. I’m having a little (ok a lot) of pantry envy. Not only is it massive and well organized, but your decor is so adorable! You both did such a fantastic job on this. I hope it gets published :).

  4. Oh my goodness! This is amazing! I love the entrance way you made! And that pantry/laundry room is ahhhhmazing!!!! This makes me want to devise a plan for some DIY projects in our house!

  5. I’M SO IMPRESSED!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s beautiful!

    I totally hear you on the creative stuff. Our kitchen has a lot of space, but not a ton of cupboards. We didn’t need the space for a table and chairs since we only have one set, and our townhouse has a separate dining room. Dan moved the hanging light up so it doesn’t hit his head and built some very simple shelving. Underneath the shelf are stackable baskets from IKEA and plastic drawers. It’s still not totally organized, but we’re getting there!

    I’m very excited to see the laundry half of the room next!

  6. Oh my Gosh I am SO jealous of your pantry!!!! It came out so stunning! I never thought I’d use that word for a pantry but it fits. Totally awesome. You guys did an amazing job.

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