There are a handful of projects we’ve done in our home that have become completely life changing, and this pantry shot quickly to the top of that list. We now have a place to put food! And our vacuum! I can’t believe we didn’t consider this project sooner. Until now we’ve been living with a 15″x30″ food storage space for over 2 years, and all the while we made due, however our ‘fun’ food (chips, large beverages, big cereal boxes, loafs of bread, etc) would end up on our kitchen counters, driving me CRAZY. We didn’t have extra space to put our snack food, and our counters always looked a hot mess.
Once my husband and I were able to really consider the function of this entire wall, we realized it would be an excellent idea to chuck the black china cabinet and replace it with something that functions more appropriately for our needs. We actually didn’t chuck the cabinet, we sold it on Craigslist for dirt cheap, and ended up meeting the nicest family in the process! The wife bought the cabinet, and the husband actually runs his own painting company and we ended up contracting him to paint our built in shelving and fireplace! Win-win.
Anyway, back to this heaven-sent pantry, just like with the base cabinets surrounding the fireplace, we used 3 15″ x 90″ IKEA SEKTION high kitchen cabinets and DIY Shaker doors from Semihandmade. As I mentioned in the shelving post, our #1 priority was making sure the pantry doors also fit right in with our kitchen cabinet doors, as if they always went together from the start. Semihandmade offers the DIY door front options so that you have the ability to paint them however you please. We painted the pantry doors the same paint as the rest of our kitchen – Cyberspace by Sherwin Williams, which is the perfect moody navy-gray. In bright sunlight, the cabinets read 100% navy, and in indirect light, they read like the below image.
We ordered 6 DIY Shaker doors to cover the cabinets, a DIY panel for the left exposed side, and extra trim for the toe kick and header trim. We got all of these pieces painted professionally because it was better for them to be sprayed in a booth. Each piece got 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of finish paint, with sanding between each coat. The painting for the pantry + the doors to the shelving cabinets cost us about $400.
I ended up painting the front facing trim of the IKEA cabinets because they were peeking through the navy doors. I should have installed the dark IKEA cabinets instead of the white ones to have avoided this issue. Oh well! Also, please note the amazingness it is to have a home for our vacuum! It is currently mounted to that wall and makes me very, very happy. The convenience having it steps away from whatever mess needs cleaning is a luxury.
The pulled back view also makes me very happy. Remember the before? Yeah, I’d like to forget that too… Here are a few more photos of the space, for your viewing pleasure :)
Sources: sconces | rug (vintage) | cabinet doors | cabinet hardware | pantry hardware | pantry doors | soapstone | sectional | coffee table | fringe pillows | indigo pillows | check chairs (vintage re-upholstered in this fabric) | roman shades