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It’s All About Storage – Pantry Makeover Update

It’s All About Storage – Pantry Makeover Update

The Great Pantry Makeover is done……almost.

Have you noticed that all my room makeover posts contain the words “almost” and “sorta?”

But really, is any room ever truly “done” in a house?  (I’m gonna say “no” because that makes me look less like a flake and more like a “it’s all about flow and change” kinda guy.)

So, let’s try that again:

My Pantry is flowing toward change!

…..It’s just flowing more slowly than I had anticipated – more swamp than Mighty Mississippi.

But, a lot of it’s done so I thought I’d share the progress.

You may recall it started like this:Laundry Room BeforeThe goal was to make this tiny room-of-a-million-doors more like an extension of the kitchen and less like a cluttered, inefficient mess without spending much money.

So, gone was the harsh yellow and in its place the same color as the kitchen and all the shelving and trim got a nice, bright white paint makeover.Pantry Looking to Kitchen

The space above the washer was fine.  It wasn’t in the budget to add cabinets so some paint cleaned things up nicely.Pantry Shelving

To keep clutter contained I cobbled together some boxes out of scrap wood.  I used some more leftover wood to trim them out to mimic  the shaker style of the kitchen cabinets.  The chalkboard tags are made out of leftover bits from coaster-making  (and used up the last few drops in two cans of chalkboard spray paint)Scrapwood Storage Boxes for Pantry MakeoverInexpensive Storage Boxes for Pantry Makeover

I forgot to take a picture of the pantry closet before I ripped it apart.  It had fixed,  shallow shelves that absolutely NOTHING fit on!  It was uncanny.  Cereal boxes were too tall and you could fit one can depth- wise but not two.  It drove me nuts.  It was also the only place to hang mops and brooms and such so you got the double whammy of “nothing fits” and everything falls off the wall when you reach inside.Pantry Closet Before

So I ripped out the shelving and replaced with adjustable track shelving.  I splurged a bit on two basket shelving units from The Container Store (on sale) that gave me door storage and fit perfectly on the inside wall. (and have made the disturbing realization that my “pantry staples” seem to be booze and pasta……)Organized Pantry DoorRevised Pantry Closet

But that displaced all the brooms and things and there was only one area left.  The corner near the outside door where the water heater had once stood.Corner By the Door

I’d had a bookshelf/rack thing there there for a while which looked lousy.  The other cornerThe corner would have to contain mops/brooms, shoes…..and all the stuff that used to be on the shelf/rack thing.

But it’s an odd sized space and nothing “off the rack” was going to work.  And I didn’t want some big storage unit there as I thought it would make the tiny room even tinier.

So I kind of cobbled together my own idea.

I found some affordable, flexible cabinets at Ikea in the kids department.  They were great but kid-sized so the base cabinet was too short.  I built a little platform out of scrap which raised the cabinet up and also allowed me to create a slide out shelf for shoes.Pantry Slide Out Storage Unit

Chletenham Road Slide Out Shelves for Pantry MakeoverPull Out Slide for ShoesI still needed a spot for brooms though.

The only vertical space was by the door but there wasn’t going to be room for a cabinet and I wanted them to be easy to access.

I had some left-over peg board and I thought I could make a slide out wall rack.  I built a frame, attached the pegboard and installed two drawer slides to the wall and voila!  Now I can slide out the unit when I need somethingLaundry Room Space Saving Slide Out Panel and slide it back out of the way when I’m done.Laundry Room Space Saver Cheltenham Road

Sweet!

Now when I walk in the house I’m not overwhelmed by piled up junk.

The sink is still my big “to do” item.  I cleaned it but the tile around it needs work and I want to build some kind of an enclosure for the bottom.  I’ll flow into that task very soon.

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About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

9 responses »

  1. It’s looking great! Very nice job, I’m mega inspired to tackle my laundry room… but first I gotta finish this darn bedroom. Lookin good!

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  2. WOW that was a lot of work. Sliding this and that which you make sound like you just threw together. It’s all so neat and organized and new! Pass the WOOD magazine, will ya?

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  3. Wow. A place for everything, and everything in its place! Love.

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  4. As always, David, your creativity and aesthetics have hit another ‘home run’ (sorry…couldn’t resist) and the slide out wall rack is the bomb!

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  5. Wowsers! You have been very busy. This looks 100% better, even though you changed the wall paint (grin). Love the slide out mop/broom hanging thing—that is genius. Flow on, my friend!

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  6. Also love the slide out rack for the mop/broom etc. Extremely creative. You might consider a third job as a storage/remodel planner. Every room you’ve redone in your house is wonderfuly imaginative, solves problems, and is very functional. People are searching for someone with your skills.

    Question: it looks like your washing machine hoses are connected to your sink, and that possibly (?) you can also use the sink to wash your hands, wash items by hand etc. Is this the case? How does that work?

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    • Thanks Patti. I think I might like bossing other people around about how they organize their lives……just as long as they never see MY desk……
      In answer to your question, yes, the waterlines for the washer are connected to the water line that feeds the utility sink. Not sure how or why it’s set up that way but there are separate handles/knobs for the washer lines so I guess you can shut them off but still use the sink or vice-versa (i’ve never done it but it seems possible).

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