Small Dream Pantry Makeover.
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Now, if you read the title of this post and then saw these photos you may be thinking, “Her pantry is NOT a dream pantry!” True. It’s not the normal, huge insta-worthy pantry you see everywhere on Pinterest these days but not everyone has that, right? I didn’t grow up in a big house with a pantry, so having this space is a dream for me.
When we built our house 12 years ago (before Pinterest was even a thing), I only did the bare minimum to get this space where we needed to move it. I still dream of having built-in shelving but let’s be real, I have two teenagers and one pre-teen that are expensive. The built-ins will just have to wait.
To start my makeover, I took out all my shelving and did a little paint touchup. Next, I cleaned every shelf along with the floors so it was all clean when everything went back in.
Before buying, I made to sure measure my space to make sure I was buying enough and wouldn’t have to make multiple trips back to the store. Be sure to measure the width and length of your shelves as well as the distance between shelves if you’re planning on stacking bins.
I purchased a two-level turntable to be able to maximize space for my jars. I found mine at Ross but you can shop a similar one HERE.
Instead of chip clips, we use these Gripstics and we LOVE them! They take a little getting used to but they keep our food fresher longer than with a normal clip.
I had used my Longaberger baskets to try and get my pantry organized a few years ago but over time, it just wasn’t working for us anymore. They didn’t fit properly and space wasn’t utilized wisely. I ran to my local Homegoods and found all these babies at incredible prices. Here are a few similar products if you’re shopping online: HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Also, no pantry is complete without cute labels, am I right? THESE pantry labels are perfect and are under $12 for 135 labels. I’ve used them for everything!
Put different labels on both sides of the storage bin in case you need to fill it with other things. For example, One of our bins is labeled “ramen” on one side and “popcorn” on the other, so it can be used either way.
Oh man, I seriously LOVE how this space turned out.
If you’ve got a beautiful pantry you’d like to share photos of with me, message me at @shawavenue on Instagram! I’d love to see them!