I’ve been torn about whether or not to share the progress that we’ve made on our pantry transformation, because it won’t truly be complete for a long lonnnnnng time.
What? I never mentioned that we’re doing anything to the pantry? That’s probably because it was really impulsive. And was supposed to be a quick little update.
You see, I’ve been begging Nick to put up a couple shelves above the washer and dryer ‘nook’ in the kitchen to serve as my pantry. Because up until now, I’ve been using two cabinets to hold an entire months worth of food. It looked a little something like this:
Lovely right? Tons of wasted space! And complete with the previous owner’s seafoam green color choice that used to grace our entire kitchen… yikes!
EVENTUALLY, we plan to move the washer and dryer into our unnecessarily massive downstairs bathroom, and use this entire ‘kitchen-y closet-y’ area as a huge dreamy pantry! But that won’t happen for awhile, because it involves plumbing and electrical things. And it’s not a huge priority at the moment. So for now, my laundry is IN my kitchen.
So on an impulse, Nick decided he was gonna rip out those cabinets and whip up some shelving for me! Oh happy day! Out came the cabinets…
And the whole little room got primed and painted white.
Ever since stenciling Brenda’s hutch, I’ve been in a stenciling state-of-mind. And I got a wild hair up my ample back-side and decided to stencil the entire back wall “real quick”… before Nick built the shelves. Heh. Heh.
TWENTY FIVE (non-consecutive) HOURS LATER… it looks like this.
Worth it? Yes. But I prefer not to talk about it. Except to say that I painted that *#&;%^ stencil 225 times. A few times during the process, we had to peel of thick rubbery dried layers of paint from the stencil.
In case you’re wondering, I used the same steps to create my stencil from my ‘Make your own stencil TUTORIAL’.
Nick got busy tinkering with his man-tools, and built me the most amazing custom shelves!
And this is what it looks like NOW! I know it totally looks like a chic laundry room, but it is in fact my pantry (that’s allowing the laundry facilities to stay temporarily)!!
The shelves even wrap around both corners!
I’m waiting to load it up with food, because we’re wanting to line the shelves with some protective drawer liners of some kind. I love how crisp, modern and textured my pantry-slash-laundry room looks!
I’m soooooooooo anxious to have this WHOLE area as my pantry, but for now I’m super content and appreciative for my shnazzy little multi-purpose corner of the kitchen! It’s a work in progress!