The day is finally here! I know I’ve teased a lot on Instagram stories, but we finished the pantry a couple of weeks ago and are so happy with the final product.
It took a while to get it right (Dustin had to build the little cabinet twice, all the little details took some time and energy), but we couldn’t be happier with the results.
Today, I’m going to share the empty pantry. In a few weeks (or months), when we fill it up and start using it more, I’ll be sure to share an update and let you know how we’re using it.
Shall we remember what this space looked like before?
Oof. Green textured walls and cheap storage that wasn’t level? I knew we could do better and make this the first space we transformed exactly the way we wanted it in our home!
And we did just that! Here’s what our pantry looks like now:
We kept the layout very similar, but added practicality to a very narrow and deep space—not to mention style!
Dustin built the lower shelf/cabinet thing, and we placed a gorgeous piece of butcher block on top of it for a little counter space. Obviously, we aren’t going to be prepping anything in here, but I liked the idea of a little counter where we could set things as we’re looking for the right spice or oil for a dish.
From there, we added some easy wood shelves secured with these beautiful brackets. I love the contrast that the black offers—every room needs a black accent!
The wood tones and black brackets against the white shiplap really give that classic farmhouse feel to this little pantry space—especially with this updated light fixture.
Creating Practical Space Out of a Deep, Narrow Pantry
The smallest room in our house isn’t just big on style now, though. We made sure to add some touches that also made it super practical.
The biggest hurdle in this pantry is that it’s a super deep and narrow space. We opted to only use one wall for storage so that we didn’t create too much of a cramped feeling in here.
We hung 8 of these Ikea spice racks (painted the same color as the walls) to corral our many spices and spice mixes. We love to cook, so we have a lot!
Then, I saw these hooks at Target and decided to see if we could fit them in, too. They work great under the spice racks and (spolier!) they’re the perfect height to hang an apron on. I think I may also hang a reusable grocery bag in here to easily grab before heading to the store.
The other small practical switch we made was to swap the light switch for a motion sensor. Now, when I come home with a bag of groceries, I don’t have to find the switch, it just turns on for me! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the screw-less switch plate cover is easy on the eyes!
I can’t wait to see what you think of our pantry update! I hope you love it as much as I do—let me know any thoughts or questions you have in the comments.