Oh me oh my, I have dreamt and lusted over walk in pantry pictures for sooo long. Last time we built a pantry it was just a place to store stuff. This time…
It became an obsession lol, I could clearly see everything I wanted in it, the exact placement of the shelves, the style of the cabinet, the colour of the timber, the style of the tap, all of it, it had no choice but to manifest in the way it had been created in my mind.
Since moving into this house the laundry was not a place of love, it was just really offensive to me and I felt yukky just walking in the room. Mint green walls with avocado green floor tiles and mist grey coloured spalshback tiles finished off with ceramic floral tapware hanging over the festy concrete and steel laundry tubs was pretty much Vomitville (It’s a real place people) and made me regularly think “Why in hell did we buy this property?”
We removed the laundry tubs when we first moved in, they were just way too gross to keep in the house, it really wasn’t fair to Lola (yep I’ve named our house, she really appreciates it and all the work we’re doing to bring her sparkle back again) Our plan is to pop the laundry in our outdoor kitchen when we get to it, just like we did last time we built, for now it’s in the shed.
In the interim it has been Mishka’s (our beloved Staffy) bedroom, but she has now been kicked out to the main living area. The next logical step was to attack those tiles, thank you jack hammer… Now don’t get me wrong I am totally in with retro but it still has to fit in with my OCD matching and those tiles simply did not lol. I even got Jason to remove all the old sheeting on the walls, I just didn’t feel you could hygienically put a pantry in place of what was a gross laundry. So the sheeting was removed and new insulation also added.
Then all the fun started with the fitting out. We went with the same grey floating floor we had used in previous rooms, we will continue it through the house except for wet area rooms. Why a cabinet in the pantry? We decided with the plumbing already being in the wall that we may as well make use of it and create a Butler’s Pantry with a sink. The cabinet is from Ikea, I have drooled over the Grey Bodbyn range forever, I have so many pictures pinned on my Pinterest boards of them. We’re still to put the handles on, were going with just the little chrome knobs on the doors and when we do the kitchen we will use the pull handles on the drawers. Shopping for the timber bench top was fun, it fitted in the car fine, I just had to sit in the backseat behind Jason to get it home lol. Of course I annoyed him all the way home with whatever was in reach from the back seat hehehe.
I knew I wanted timber benchtops but not high gloss as in previous homes, I just wanted a natural finish that I could oil, so we were lucky enough to find ready-made Acacia ones in the right size at Bunnings.
The next step was the shelving which I wanted to kind of match with the bench top, we went with pine and thanks to my trusty old walnut stain, it’s a pretty good match and my fave timber colour to boot.
The shelf brackets are just basic ones also from the local hardware, I liked the look of the curly ornate ones but thought it would be way over the top with the amount we needed and get in the way of the taller items on the shelves. I’m really happy with my selection.
Those shelves were not just randomly put on the wall, poor Jason, I had worked out exactly what I was storing on each shelf and the height it had to be at.
The dishwasher will go in there temporarily when we gut the old kitchen and this will be our make shift kitchen for that time, but we have plans to put some larger shelves underneath the benchtop for bigger items like my dehydrator and air fryer.
I think Jason may have been a tad taken back by the amount of glass jars we needed to purchase. I think he and Savannah thought I already had quite a good stash, but I couldn’t make him go to all this trouble building this beautiful room and not finish it off with lovely storage and the glass jars were part of the dream in my head.
Both the small baskets up the top and larger ones along the floor were from Kmart, they have worked perfectly for prepackaged items that I didn’t want opened and put in jars. The ones along the bottom store all the bulk items. I went to three different Kmarts to get them, not all Kmarts have the same stock.
I’m not completely happy with the labels I went with so this may change in the future. I printed my own and as I only have an ink jet printer, the options were pretty limited instore. (miht have to check the internet) I used Avery removable labels and have found that even though the glass was clean a lot of them have peeled off at the corners and no amount of over the top OCD repressing them on will work, so I’m thinking maybe a dab of just a glue stick or hunt for better labels. (I’m open to any suggestions you may have.) I’m yet to do the labels for the spice jars so they all still have the posca paint pens hand written labels on them which is good if you are wanting to change the contents as it cleans off easily.
Oils, sauces, salts and pepper have each found a home on 3 small lazy susans, all from Kmart also. It’s the perfect way to find each easily, I always had them stored in baskets and no one ever put them away in the basket (drove me cra cra) as I think they found it too hard to find them later, this way is perfect for finding exactly what you need super quick.
My favourite thing would have to be the little mini shelf Jason built along the middle for my spice jars. I can’t count the number of times I stood swearing at the plastic basket all my spices used to be buried in the old pantry and saying “One day I’m gonna have an amazing pantry with an easy accessible spice rack” and boom there it is, at my height for me to see, it really is magical and I am super grateful.
Above the benchtop are all the teas and coffees, again easily accessible in glass jars and not buried in a basket. I’ll eventually put the kettle and maybe even the Thermomix in there, not sure yet. And of course the top shelf contains the Alcohol. I was even lucky enough to find a couple of copper coloured wine racks to match!!
I guess the only thing left to show you is the door, which again I could not love more. It was a hand me down from my sis and bro in law. They didn’t end up using it and it was exactly what I wanted. I wanted red to match the backdoor and other features in the house but I’m thinking the gloss paint on it is a bit too much for me, so I’m yet to redo that, but oh how I love it!!
The only job left is the splashback tiles, but I just can’t make up my mind, so obviously the right one hasn’t shown its face to me yet.
Hands down this is one of my favourite rooms in our house, it’s been a few weeks since we finished it and you can guarantee if I’m not in my art room there’s a good chance I can be found having a looksy and enjoying the feel of this yummy little room, I know I’ve said it before but oh how I love my Jason and his building skills and knowing exactly what I want. Oh and the best thing ever, no one seems to be messing it up and putting things away in the wrong spaces, I think it is super user friendly for everyone!! That makes this mumma oh so bloody HAPPY!!! 🙂