Bookcase To Pantry (adding doors)

bookshelf to pantry

bookshelf to pantry

bookshelf to pantry

Our kitchen is large and has lots of wall space, but lacks cabinet and counter space. I already added a DIY island, which helps enormously with food prepping, but I still needed a pantry.

So I took two free bookshelves (you can read more about them here) and turned them into a pantry.

The first thing I did was stain the outside of the bookshelves the same color as my kitchen cabinets. I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain. java gel stain

This stuff is amazing. I used it on my kitchen and bathroom cabinets, over three years ago, and the stain is holding up great.

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Another favorite of mine is the General Finishes Polyacrylic top coat.  It’s a clear varnish that’s also very durable and easy to apply.

bookcase pantry

Next, I added doors. My cabinet doors are made with 1/2 inch MDF. Home Depot cut them for me free of charge. I stained the doors and applied the poly.

bookshelf to pantry

Once everything was dry, I added the hardware. I chose the same silver knobs and hinges  I used for my kitchen cabinets. They’re from National Hardware and are super high quality. These knobs will last forever. I also used their hardware for my garage makeover.

Now it was time to hang the doors. This was the hardest part. Hanging doors without an extra pair of hands isn’t easy, let me tell you. Twice, one of the doors fell on my head. I’m ok, in case you’re wondering. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? The doors are up and I’m happy with the result.

bookshelf pantry

bookshelf pantry

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In the future I might add trim to the doors. For now, I’m liking the clean lines.

So, if you have any extra space in the kitchen (or any other room) and need storage, consider getting a generic bookcase (many people already have one in the house) and turn it into an armoire, pantry, TV cabinet, or anything else you might envision.

Concepts In Wood Multi-Use Storage Pantry in Espresso

This one is similar to mine. It’s from Home Depot and was originally $297.

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Five Projects To Do This Spring

Spring is here and I’ve noticed that my readers are starting to search my archives for warmer weather projects. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my older spring-related projects you might want to try this season.

#1. This DIY wood planter adds so much character to my front door. It was an easy built using leftover fence wood.

DIY Wood Planter

This Williams-Sonoma planter was my inspiration but way out of my price range.
planter

#2. Painting the front door made a huge difference to my home’s curb appeal. It’s such an easy and inexpensive fix. I used this door paint and it’s holding up great. I highly recommend it.

Front Door Makeover

Before:

front door

#3. Now that it’s getting warmer, it’s time to pull out those hoses. Why not build this easy hose holder? Much better than having the hose sit in the dirt, don’t you think? I used scrap wood I had around the house. Be creative and use whatever works for you.

DIY Hose Holder

#4. I find pressure washing my property highly addictive. Now it’s dirty, the next second it’s clean. Once you see the difference, you can’t stop. This electric pressure washer is lightweight and powerful. Read my full review here.
power washing

#5. Last year, I built this $4 super simple, raised garden bed. Trust me, it doesn’t get easier (or cheaper) than this. I’m excited to make more.

DIY Raised Garden Bed

 

 

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Who Inspires You? Share & Win $1,000 Each

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“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”  –Dalai Lamaadoption

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle and not necessarily recognize the goodness in our lives. While writing this post, I thought about how amazing it is that we ALL have the power to inspire goodness. So, why don’t we take this privilege to speak into people’s lives and inspire goodness. A smile, a kind word, a gentle touch… goodness is all about how we treat other people.

Let’s appreciate the fact that we have a heart, soul and mind and use it towards kindness, integrity, honesty, and generosity. All it takes is the right attitude.

Recently, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen reached out and asked if I was interested to be part of their #InspireGoodness campaign and share a story about the person who inspires me. I jumped right in, because we need to be reminded (daily) of how much goodness people have to offer. When you think about it, there’s goodness in every facet of our lives: it’s in our families, our jobs, our friendships and our hobbies. It’s even in the foods we eat!

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

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I find goodness and comfort in sharing a delicious meal with my children. On my daughter’s recent visit to Nashville, we stopped at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen where we enjoyed yummy food, great company and lots of laughter. This was our first time at Cheddar’s, and we loved it.  Did you know Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen has been serving up scratch-made goodness since 1979?

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Aside from my children, who not only inspire me daily for their true dedication in everything they do, their generous hearts, their ability to reach out to people and really “see” them, as well as their love for family, friends, and pets –  my sister, Melanie, comes to my mind.

She has inspired me my entire life. Her gentle soul, her generosity and kindness have touched many lives.

Three years ago, in a orphanage in Nepal,  Melanie and her husband adopted a little girl they later named , Nina. After several miscarriages, failed IVF treatments and unsuccessful surrogates, the couple decided to adopt. After years of waiting and numerous trips to some of the poorest countries in the world, they had found Nina.

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Nina is their light… their princess.  But they are also the only parents Nina has ever known. They are her world. Today, Nina is a happy, healthy girl who loves the color pink. Not only does Nina live in a beautiful home, travels all over the world, and has an abundance of cute clothes; for the first time in her life, she is experiencing stability, safety, and lots of love. #InspireGoodness

A few months after Nina was adopted, a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal. The orphanage Nina used to live in was severely damaged. I truly believe God sent my sister and her husband to “rescue” Nina before anything could harm her. Also, my sister and Nina both share the same birthday. They have so much fun celebrating together.

Although at times, life was hard on my sister, she never gave up. She never looked for the easy way out; she wanted it done the right way, no matter what. Nina has been blessed with a wonderful family, with parents who love her more than life itself.

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Who inspires you? Share your story and win $1,000 each!

From now through August 20, 2017, you can help inspire goodness by joining the conversation. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is encouraging people to use the form on their site to share stories about someone they think inspires goodness – each website submission enters both the nominator and nominee for a chance to win $1,000!

 Here’s how it works:

  1. Nominate someone by telling a story about how they inspire goodness
  2. Continue spreading the goodness using #inspiregoodness, and sharing stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram