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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.


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


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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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. 🙂