Bookcases As Pantry Storage

pantryToday I wanted to do a post about my pantry organization plans. This project has been on my to-do-list for quite some time now. It’s not that I don’t want to organize my pantry, the problem is, I don’t have a pantry. My kitchen, however, has lots of wall space.

For almost a year I have been using these bookcases that were left behind by college kids at my daughter’s college apartment. Do you have any idea how much stuff college kids leave behind when they graduate? I have seen nice couches, tables, chairs, beds, printers, decor, plants,  you name it. Most gets thrown in the dumpster. Such a shame and waste of material, if you ask me. I guess most young people don’t care since their parents are paying for all of it. Not ok in my book.

Anyways, we were able to save these two bookcases and several other things which my daughters are using in their current college apartments. For almost a year the bookcases just sat there and had been used for storing various items. I didn’t like the look, the clutter, the dust… but I need storage.pantry

My plans:

– Replacing the cheap backing with plywood.

– Staining the bookcases with Java Gel Stain to match my kitchen cabinets.

– Making doors to hide the mess.

– Adding trim for a more “expensive” look.

– Installing new kitchen cabinet knobs which I’ll also use for the pantry.

 

pantryBoard & Batten with Leftover BlindsThis stain is amazing. It’s holding up great even after 2.5 years.

This is the design I have in mind for my new pantry.

via Ana White

So, there you have it. My Project Pantry plans.

A long time ago I learned not to cry over things you don’t have. Instead, make the most with what you do have. I love to reuse as much as I can, and the bookcases were free. Win win!

Have a great weekend. 🙂

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