Wednesday, June 22, 2011

32 Reader Space: A Pantry Project that is as Sweet as Honey!

Ever see those closet or pantry spaces in magazines and catalogs that leave you staring breathtakingly for hours, wishing and dreaming that you could do the same in your home?  Then you shudder at the thought and think it can't be done and turn the page and move along.

What I love about today's story is that it's real.  It shows that with some good space planning and getting creative, IT CAN BE DONE!

Today I get to feature insane inspiration from the wonderful blog, Honey & Fitz!



That's right, the pantry being featured today didn't always look like one out of a magazine or catalog, and it definitely wasn't working to it's full potential!



As Dina mentioned on her blog, there were a couple of reasons why this pantry wasn't living up to it's potential.

1.  Not Using All of the Vertical Space:  The shelves ended three feet short of the ceiling.  That is a ton of storage space that wasn't being utilized!



2.  Stationary Shelves:  Stationary shelving assumes that everything you will be storing is the exact same height.  That NEVER happens.  Stationary shelving wastes a ton of space since things like canned goods and boxes of cereal and bags of chips are typically different sizes, and the items that come and go within a pantry space are never the same.


3.  There is a mixer on the floor:  A mixer is a serious investment.  And not utilizing the pantry effectively causes it to land on the floor.  No good.


Dina started out one of the best ways anyone can start out when tackling a drawer, a closet or an entire room.  She EMPTIED IT!  This is always my method as well.  So much easier to sort, purge and only put back the essentials.  It gives you a fresh look at things.  It allows you to see the space differently and put things back where they belong and make sense vs. where they have always been.  And when I say she removed everything, I meant it.  Nothing was left, not even the shelving.  And once everything was out, she gave it a fresh coat of incredible blue paint!


And this is when the powers of the internet come in.  In only three days, the new pantry looked like... THIS:



The new pantry configuration is a combination of solid shelves on one wall and ventilated shelves on the other {all the way up to the ceiling!}.  It is a great mix of utility and pretty!  And that counter height deep shelf over the drawers is a fantastic work space!



The drawers are great for stashing the odd sized boxes of crackers, bags of chips, sports drink mixes, paper goods, linen napkins, etc...


The shelves above hold Dina's collection of milk glass cake pedestals.  So pretty!


One of my favorite things that she did was paint a pair of IKEA Fira boxes {sadly discontinued} with chalkboard spray paint, and they now hold random odds and ends!!


She used an assortment of IKEA Slom containers keep things like pasta, rice and lentils fresh and air tight. She did quite a bit of research on air tight food storage before landing on these. And how perfect are the wallies she found to label the jars?  I have can't believe I have never seen those before!


Most of their canned goods and small appliances live on the other wall with ventilated shelving. Here's a floor to ceiling view. A nice low shelf holds all of her small appliances. No more straining to get them down! And because the elfa system is so flexible, she was able to space the shelves just right to accommodate them. No wasted space. Love that!


To organize the baking sheets and pans, she used elfa's shelf separators {normally used to corral folded sweaters and t-shirts}.  It worked perfectly!


And her mixer? It now has a permanent home on a white InterMetro cart from the Container Store that she has made her baking station. I love that she can wheel the cart right out of the pantry, plug in the mixer and do all of her baking without ever having to pick up the mixer at all!



Behind the door she installed these IKEA Grundtal towel holders. They have a super low profile, take up barely any room and are a great spot to hold tablecloths and bibs!  Could this setup be any smarter?



Lastly, they put down FLOR carpet tiles to soften it up a little in there!



So to honor all the smart thinking and hard work that was put into the space, I think we should take a moment to gawk at those before and after pictures one more time!

Before:

After:



Before:


After:



Yep, I am in total awe and pantry love.  And because I know it wasn't done in some staged warehouse, but in a real home.  And the planning and use of space and is purely genius.  Everything works together and is a combination of function and beauty.  You can read the full story and snag all of the details right here on the Honey & Fitz blog.

Once you cool down from being all hot and bothered by the bliss you just encountered, let's take a minute to chat about why this space rocks!  What ideas are you going to snag up for your own home?  Who is grabbing a can of paint and brush?  How about chalkboard spray paint or rails for linens and bibs?  


ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life.  Please send your story and photos to iheartorganizing@gmail.com and I would heart to feature them right here, on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and un-editted.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!  More Info HERE.

32 comments:

  1. What a beautiful pantry!!
    You can get those peel and stick chalkboard sheets from Michaels too! They are too fun!
    Jo-Anna

    ReplyDelete
  2. That is beautiful! It would be nice sometime to see an organizational makeover of a non-walk-in pantry or closet.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ahh I LOVE the blue! It makes it look so fun! What a great makeover!

    ReplyDelete
  4. that is an amazing pantry! so many things I just love about it, the baking cart, the bib holders (genius) and the shelving! thanks for sharing and great job on this pantry Dina!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a great transformation! Love the racks for towels and bibs...so functional!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is an amazing transformation! Everything so neatly labeled and everything has a place where it belongs. I think what I love best about this is the fact that this new pantry built a system to stay organized in the future! Forward thinking!

    adventuresofoldandnew.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Gorgeous!!! I'm completely jealous that I don't have a space like this in my house, so I could transform it in the same way. Thanks for sharing Jen.

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is so amazing and inspiring! I can't wait until my husband and I have a house of our own to do this kind of thing. I think my favorite is the baking station- I love just being able to wheel that out and there is everything you need! Organizing like this takes such creativity- I'm in awe! :)

    Mrs. Thompson

    Adventures in Teaching

    ReplyDelete
  9. oh, I am a LEETLE bit jealous of this transformation. It looks Fabulous!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This looks great! I was telling my husband a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to use the Elfa system in our pantry. We used it in the closet in his office and we loved it. I'm going to show him this, because I'm in the middle of clearing out my pantry and kitchen cabinets right now. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Such a fantastic idea that will motivate even the most terrified food blogger of conquering their pantry chaos - not that I would know anything about a chaotic pantry *cough cough* Guess I know what will be my weekend project! Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thank you for sharing this lovely pantry redo. It contained several ideas that are the exact answers to some challenges in my kitchen and pantry. Thank you also for the extra work you go to including links to all of the products throughout your posts.

    ReplyDelete
  13. All I could say was, "Whaaaa??!!!" when I saw the new pantry!! I love it! I am inspired! Thank you for the lovely post!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. ahhh this is super inspiring!!!! =) I have the wire-y racks and they are so so awful -- this is such a great way to make the most of that small space and store everrryyyything! Fantastic -- and totally magazine worthy now ;)

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

    ReplyDelete
  15. Ok, I'm jealous! I recently organized my pantry - it's now a lot more functional & usable - but not nearly as PRETTY!

    We've been working on our garage organization now....I love all the pictures you posts giving me different inspiration ideas!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I LOVE the Elfa systems! Great storage solutions and fewer holes in the wall.

    I am in love with the baking station and the rails for the towels. They would be great to hang grocery bags on too!

    Someday.....

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm truly inspired and filled with lots of ideas for the pantry in our new home!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Love the baking station. What a great idea. Love the transformation!

    ReplyDelete
  19. As always, WOW. I especially HEART the little towel, bib etc racks...I so want those...and a pantry as big as that one LOL. Sadly, I think we use the space we have as much as possible...but it SO does not look like that!

    ReplyDelete
  20. This looks fantastic and functional. That blue is just dreamy. LOVE. :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Wow, this is amazing! I definitely HEART that pantry, especially her baking station!! Maybe someday I will have a space like that.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I'm in <3 with this area! Love the color!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wow, amazing. I only wish I had a pantry like that.

    ReplyDelete
  24. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  25. That is gorgeous! Now I wish I had a walk in pantry so I could do that to mine!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wow...looks amazing!! TFS Makes me want to get started on my pantry, which by the way, looks like a tornado hit! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Aaahhh...I worked on my own pantry this weekend, and then a friend sent me this link. I finished mine but I'm book marking this page. My pantry is almost identical to the before, as far as layout and shelving! I think that one may be a bit deeper than mine, but otherwise, it's the same!

    I already have Elfa in my master bedroom and LOVE it. So I think I'm putting this on my list for the January Elfa sale, I think! :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. I absolutely love the rolling baking cart. I am constantly baking and would love to be able to have everything I need out all at once instead of making a gazillion trips back and forth to the pantry. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I'm curious as to what the makeover cost? It's beautiful, but I have a thing about open ended shelves for storage. My kids are always knocking stuff off the ends.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Beautiful. Would you tell me the name of that paint?

    ReplyDelete

IHeart you taking a moment to comment! Although I absolutely appreciate, consider and read each and every comment, I will remove any comment that I believe to be inappropriate, malicious or spam like. This blog is my happy place, let's keep the drama at bay!

Don't see your comment? All comments are moderated and may take a moment to appear.

Thanks again my lovely friends! XO!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...