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Sunday, October 27, 2013

More About the Pantry

There sure are some gorgeous kitchen pantries.
Just browsing through Pinterest the last few months, I've
seen some beauties!  Some are as big as my whole kitchen
with walk in styles, shelves like a gourmet specialty food shop
and even hanging chandeliers!  haha.  Well, mine is
small, but I still love having one at all.  And a couple of
weeks ago when I painted it's door black to match the rest
of the doors inside my house, I thought the inside could
use a little improvements, too.  The shelves are just plywood
and I've always painted them white.  Instead of painting this
time I bought rolls of cork shelf liner.  I have done a few kitchen
drawers like this and like it a lot.  Then, to cover up the rough
edges, I bought a long strip of edging in pine at Lowes.
I got out my girlie tools and cut the pieces to the proper 
lengths, gave them two coats of paint and attached them
with hot glue.  I thought I might need to put a couple of nails
in each but so far they haven't needed any extra support.




I think the attached edging made all the difference in finishing off the look.


Now the inside is as nice as the door!

I only keep what I use regularly in this pantry so it doesn't get
over crowded.  It bugs me to have to dig through things and
I hate it when items become lost and forgotten in the back.
I converted a big closet in the back of the house for an over-flow
pantry that stores all the stock-up items I get on clearance.
And it's a nice place for bulk items that I don't need every day.

A nice little project that only took about an hour.
Makes me wonder why I left those raw shelf edges like that 
all these years. ha.  Sometimes improvements don't
hit you until years later. ..at least it's that way with me. lol...


60 comments:

  1. Great job! Love it when you use your girlie tools!

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    1. Doesn't it look nice? I'm happy with it. Nice, clean and fresh. :)

      You were first at Gloria's today, too! Must be your lucky day!

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    2. Yeah, my week started out badly, but it's improved a lot!

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  2. nice...the new trim makes it pop...
    good job working the girlie tools...smiles.

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  3. A carpenter, too? Is there anything you cannot do, lovely lady?

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    1. Well, do tell! I'm afraid I don't believe you!

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  4. look lovely! and kive this Hershey's cocoa, :))

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    1. Do you? :) Sometimes I have trouble finding the Special Dark.

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    2. Me, too! I didn't know about it until a couple of years ago! It's very nice!

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  5. when you can come to my home and help with my pastry ?????? (is a mess) xo

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    1. sorry I wanna say pantry, omy!

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    2. haha...just take everything out and wipe off the shelves...then you get inspired to fix it up! :) Take pictures! :)

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  6. What a quick and great look. Betsy you are amazing. I wish I had a little bigger pantry...mine is just cupboards in the small laundry room, and the overflow in the garage. But you know what...it works for me. My cousin has one of those "bigger than life" pantries...nice. I could make hers into a bedroom..HaHa.

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    1. So big ones are fun to look at, aren't they? Like I said, some are as big as my kitchen! But we just work with what we have. I'm just thankful to have one at all. Your laundry room cupboards are probably just the right size for the two of you. Neat and clean is more important than size, anyway. :) Overflow in the garage...one of my neighbors does that...neat little shelves on one wall. When we drive by I can see jars of mayo...hahaha....

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    2. Can't see ours from the street, but if you could, you'd see toilet paper, paper towels and laundry products. Just don't let the tp run out in the house. HaHa.

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    3. yes, that's a good point. lol....

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  7. looks great and well worth the work, very unified look now, I like that!

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    1. yes...it gives it a more finished look. I'm loving the cork!

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  8. My ocd approves indeed
    Looks nice at your feed
    Nice and clean
    Oh so serene
    And no extra clutter
    To that I won't mutter

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    1. If the Cat approves,
      then I'm really in the groove.
      ha.

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  9. I'm impressed - that makes a huge difference!

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    1. it really does....it really stepped up the quality...I'm loving it!

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  10. Wow...what a great idea! You are very handy and creative.

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    1. Just a hack saw and glue gun...not too technical. ha.

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  11. Looks super good. I'll be working on our kitchen more during the rest of the fall, and some in the winter. I love having a nice place to cook, bake and write. Hope all else is well with you. Cheers, boogie boogie, and Happy Almost Halloween.

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    1. I agree...we spend so much time there...the center of the home....

      yep, almost halloween! We're all ready here! ha.

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  12. The grey trim and the cork really finish things nicely. At first I thought I saw a bottle of Cognac... but now I think it says Godiva. Yum! Not that I am snooping or anything! :-)

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    1. yep...it's Godiva. Heavenly in coffee or hot chocolate. :)

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  13. You did a great job! Would you like to come over and do mine now?

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    1. I would love to! Wouldn't that be fun!?

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  14. Nice! I really need an extra pantry, but my house is lacking closet space as it is.

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    1. Do what Wanda did....put shelves in the garage...she has brilliant ideas for living in a tiny house!

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  15. Looks great, I would ask you to come and sort my cupboards, but looks as though there is a waiting list already! The edging makes a big difference and makes it look really posh! Happy Pantry!! xx

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    1. I'll come...and bring candy corn and pumpkin pie. Just have some Flakes waiting for me. ha.

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    2. Are you sure you want to risk it - do you know what situations those flakes can get you into!

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    3. Good point....those adverts gave me a clue. hahaha....

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  16. It's true. The edging looks really smart. I never saw that cork shelf liner though. I think maybe we don't have it in the UK. We don't have a lot of sensible stuff. I had to buy my non-slip drawer liner in Switzerland. It's not so nice to look at as cork.

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    1. I bet you could find it online! :) I love the non-slip stuff...

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    2. Quite right. I can. But it all has to be shipped from the US. A bit expensive for a roll of shelf liner.

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  17. The cabinets do look so much better with the black trim. I wish I had a large pantry but alas it is to not be so. Somehow we have turned the dining room into the overflow room. At least we are finally using the room. We almost always eat at the kitchen table, even when we have company. I like the cork, is it easy to clean.

    God bless.

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    1. I moved our dining room table to the kitchen and we eat there, too! Better than having a separate room that is only used on holidays.

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  18. I think you've done a brilliant job with this Betsy, there's nothing that fills my heart just like a thickly stocked pantry as well I have to admit.

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    1. Well, thanks Matt. You think like me! :)

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  19. It takes your artistic mind to see the possibilities. I love what you've done with this. I have had to de-clutter my cellar this weekend, as I had a flood. But it is not going to get prettified, I'm afraid.

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    1. a flood? ugh...so sorry! At least it's been a good excuse to declutter and organize. But why not prettify it? I know you could...you're so stylish! ;)

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  20. A small detail that made a big difference!

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    1. very true....a little thing and hardly any cost. Well, the cork cost a bit, but the piece of trim was just a couple of dollars.

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  21. Hi Betsy, your pantry redo looks great! Cork shelf liner is new to me and I really like it.
    I have been slowed down all week by a cold and have not been in blog world much, but I finally feel much better this morning. Now I need to do some catching up.

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    1. Your overflow pantry inspired me. :) Glad you're feeling better!

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  22. Finished edges Funny how we tend to put off the simple things...huh? And. Something I need to do to mine. Just might get right to that.
    I have a walk-in pantry. No where big enough even though it's a good size. All that means is that I have too much stuff. *sigh* I keep a smaller extra fridge in there for condiments, drinks and of course more stuff.

    Hubby and I toured some of the homes in our ds's new neighborhood. 4,5,and 6 thousand sq.ft. homes with some of them having pantries the size of postage stamps. I have never understood the reasoning behind this. A man designer perhaps? Why a family room, sun room and living room and cut down on the heart of the home which is always the kitchen. I think more love comes from the kitchen than any other room in the house. Although not much love comes from mine since I rarely cook. ;) But it's true none the less.

    Happy Sunday.
    JaG

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    1. interesting about the tiny pantries in new homes...you'd think they would be huge!

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    1. thanks, shannon. :) and thanks for the visit!

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  24. Looks way better...all dressed up!
    Kind of like.......wearing make-up!! Yeah...that's it!!
    Good job, Betsy!

    Enjoy your evening...♥
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  25. I'm always amazed at how seemingly little things make such a big difference. You really have an eye for things like this. Great job!

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