When we started remodeling our home one of the most important things I wanted was a pantry. When I was growing up we lived in a house with a butler’s pantry that actually had a fancy glass sliding window to the dining room, we stored everything in it.
I wanted to have
- Open shelving so that I could see everything.
- A counter to “land” when I brought groceries in.
- Shelves the right depth for storing and organizing spices.
- A place to keep all of my baking pans together.
- Somewhere to store our liquor (preferably with doors)
- A place to stack small clear containers for cake decorating supplies and stuff.
After installing the counter we found that it was a great place to store and use the Margaritaville machine. While we don’t drink often, when I do I like to make fruity frozen drinks and it seems that every drink recipe calls for something different. Also, people often gift my husband’s favorite whiskey to him when he helps them out. So the collection has grown. When we are entertaining it makes a great bar. We love using the basket on the counter for chips and bread.
I couldn’t have found a better place to put the pizzaz machine. I don’t like to eat a lot of frozen pizza, but it is so handy for the kids to throw a pizza on.
Our pantry is rather wide because we were working with an existing load bearing wall, which you can kind of see in this post at the back of the house, part of it used to be our back porch before we added on. It allows it to feel big and open, even though there are no windows it is nice and bright. Speaking of bright, the 4 pot lights in the room are turned on and off by a motion detector we found at Sam’s. We LOVE it!
The wall on the right couldn’t have shelves across it because it’s our breaker panel, which we painted to match the room, but beneath it we store our grilling tools. I love not having to store them in my kitchen drawers.
As soon as I saw Shelley’s labels in her pantry at The House of Smiths I knew I would have to do something similar. I love my Silhouette machine and really like how the labels turned out. I used the Pharmacy font on the labels, it’s one of my favorites! The containers on the shelves I got from Target for around $3 each and they are the perfect size to save all of my baking supplies like frosting tips and sprinkles, as well as Kool-Aid packets and what not.
When we were designing our pantry I searched the internet for lots of ideas. I really liked what Emily did with her pantry at Decorchick. Another great pantry that was completed after we did ours is Kevin & Amanda’s. To make ours work for us I measured the height and depth of most of our stored items and had the shelves built accordingly.
What is the most important thing in your pantry? I would love to do some cute stenciled painting like Shelley @ The House of Smith’s has in her pantry, and a few other things I’m always looking for new ideas.