I was blessed in this house to have this amazing storage closet or pantry. The thing is, it had burgundy walls and unfinished wood shelves. Now, the shelves were incredibly sturdy and well built, so it did have that going for it.
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Over time, as I picked up a set of dishes here or a set of chargers there, I just added them to the pantry. I stacked up the plates, the placemats, the chargers and whatever. This photo is actually after I started taking things out, it had been even worse than this.
The first step was to take absolutely everything out of the closet and clean the space. The shelves were wiped down and the floor and baseboards were cleaned.
The next step was to to get out my Frog Tape and tape of the baseboards and tape some brown paper on the floor to protect it while I was painting. Note that because I was working in a small space before emptying the space my husband helped by taking the door off of the pantry. That made the whole job so much more easier.
When painting raw wood, and over a dark color like this, you really want to begin with a good primer. I first painted the ceiling, with bright white ceiling paint and then started in on the walls and the shelves with my primer.
I made sure I painted the underside of the shelves so they will look crisp and clean when the pantry is finished. This is just the primer coat on the walls and shelves here.
Of course, while the pantry was empty, that meant my kitchen was overwhelmed with all of the things that came out of that pantry!
…and it is finished!! Time to load it up with all of those dishes! The bright white is such a wonderful change. It will be so much easier to find things in here!
This is the liner I am using this on the shelves and I HIGHLY recommend it. I got this from The Container Store. It comes in a variety of widths including this 12″ width which is perfect for my shelves!
One of the challenges I have is how to store my chargers. I don’t like to stack them and have to shuffle through the stacks to find the ones I want when styling a table. After lots of research, this is what I came up with, also from The Container Store.
You can see how easily those set right on my shelf and hold my chargers so I can access what I need without digging through all of them.
Just as I do not want to dig through chargers, I certainly do not want to dig through stacks of dishes. Chrome cupboard shelves are the perfect answer. These are great for keeping dinner plates beneath and salad plates above. I filled two shelves with dishes using these and have decided that I will not make room for any more. IF I decide I just HAVE to have some new dishes, I will get rid of some that I already have.
The door has been put back on the pantry, all of the dishes, the chargers, appliances, the serving pieces and decorative pieces have their own places and I find such joy just opening the door on my transformed dish pantry!