Wednesday, May 25, 2011

29 Reader Space: Perfect Pantry Project

Say that three times fast.  Or try this, since it's even a closer description for what you are about to see, "Perfect, Pretty and Practical Pantry Project".  And the word "perfect" is an understatement.  The use of space in Lisa's new pantry is purely genius! 

Lisa wrote:

Hey Jen!
Recently I shared a make-over of the front entryway that you shared with your readers on your blog.  That was so exciting!  My husband has been hard at work once again, this time on our pantry!  Our old pantry was unfinished and when we moved in we kind of just shoved everything in there and made the most of the space.  Having 3 children and living in a 1300 square foot house on a SLAB made for little room for anything.  For such a small house we were blessed with a very large pantry.  It was the last room in our house that needed to be done over, so my husband was hard at work and re did the entire thing.  You can see I know have recessed shelving in between the studs instead of ones that stick out, I have counter space, and even a gift wrap center!  I am thrilled with the way it came out and I hope you enjoy it as well!! It's a an organized dream!! Keep up the good work on the blog! 
Lisa


First, let's take a look back at Lisa's first set of smart space saving spaces that her and her hubs designed to maximize the space in their 1300 square foot abode, which I had shared right here on the blog:



And let me tell you, this couple was at it again, really taking advantage of an existing pantry, and making all the right moves at maximizing the space and storage potential.

Let's take a look at the original pantry that the home was blessed with:





Something to take note of that I was completely inspired by.  This is where the smart organized thinking comes in.  Check out all those deep shelves.  Great right?  Tons of storage, YES!  But how big could the room be without all of those wire shelves sticking out so far into the room?  What if the shelves themselves were recessed within the studs of the walls?  Oh imagine the space that could be utilized then?  Maybe enough to add entirely new CABINETS and COUNTER and keep the FREEZER and create a WRAPPING STATION?  Oh yeah, they did all that!




It's OK, take a minute to gather your thoughts, wipe up the drool, peel your eyes away... I understand.

Of course the incredible cabinets {from Ikea}, paint job, granite counter and floors make an incredible before and after that is beyond swoon worthy.  It all pulled together in the most dreamy of ways.  But the use of space is beyond smart and I can't seem to get over how much storage, both open and concealed, was created in that nook!!


And boy oh boy do I love cabinets.  They hide things.  Lots and lots of things.  Of course, I was nosy and asked Lisa to show me what's behind some of those doors and drawers....




She has cabinets and drawers for everything, from cleaning supplies to tools to dishware and baking goods.  All in one perfectly organized space!

Let's Oooh and Awwwe at the transformation in unison shall we?




It's so hard to believe that it's truly the same space!  Do I have the most talented readers around or do I?


And a button for you:



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What's your favorite part?  Who is pinning like a crazy person? {Pinterest users, you know what I mean!}  Who is completely inspired to go tackle their pantry, like 10 minutes ago!?  ME ME ME!


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29 comments:

  1. OH MY GOODNESS!! I love it! I mean looking at the before pictures I couldn't even fathom creating such a wonderful space. Thanks Jen for sharing as always!

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  2. Oh gosh that must have been so expensive though! Full cabinets AND granite!? ahh! Its beyond pretty! and a genius use of space! =)

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  3. Wow! What a great transformation!! I love it!

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  4. I am SOOOOO jealous!! I love it

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  5. WOW! what an awesome space! it doesn't even look like the same space!

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  6. AMAZING! Great space, gives me more inspiration to get organzied!

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  7. Um, what??!!! That is an amazing transformation!!! Very well done :)

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  8. Oh my good Lord. That is ridiculous (in a GREAT way)! I have major pantry-envy right now. =)

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  9. That is a TON of storage space in a small area!! I vote it for "best pantry ever!" :-) so pretty and useful, wow!

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  10. Amazing! Light, organized and wonderful. Great job! I really like the shallow shelves. It's so nice to see what's there rather than dig to the back for the can of soup.

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  11. That makes me wish I had a pantry! Hopefully in the new house. How nice to have everything all in one space!

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  12. Cleaning up the drool over here first!!! O.M.G.!!!! Gorgeous. They did a great job. Love it all! My pantry is a little itty bitty closet and is embarrassing compared to this pantry. Lisa & her hubs did a great job! I would be smiling every time I walked in that room. So inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Recessed shelving? Genius! Love this!

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  14. Wow, I'm amazed! It went from looking like a big closet to a small room. Great job!

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  15. AMAZING. That is really inspiring because it must have taken such a vision. Truly awesome.

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  16. That is awesome! Can you ask her how much they spent on the project? It would be nice to know what kind of budget they worked with to create that jaw-dropping pantry!

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  17. O....M....G.... I am in all kinds of pantry envy right now. That is just soooo cool. Oh, the inspiration!

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  18. wow. Jealous. I just moved to a small apartment. I don't have a pantry. So I'm having to use some of my cabinet space as the pantry. I'm hoping in the long run this will save me money. Before when I did have a pantry food went to waste.

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  19. I don't know what Lisa and her husband do for a living, but they have a serious business prospect designing & remodeling spaces like this for people. The projects she's shared here are genius and make the most amazing use of space with style!

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  20. That is some impressive organizing, congratulations! Jen, I used your label template to organize my tiny pantry. Way smaller scale and impact than this amazing project here but I think it makes it look so much prettier! Thanks for all the inspiration, I look forward to reading your blog and getting new ideas every day!

    Keltie

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  21. I think I am in love with that pantry... Awesome job...

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  22. Wow! What an amazing redo. It took me a minute to even figure out how it is the same space. What a clever use of space on the back wall with the little cubbies.

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  23. W.O.W. That is amazing... speechless..

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  24. Awesome! Would it be possible to ask the people who submit these projects for room sizes to give a better sense of what I can do with a similar space at my house?
    I am always impressed with these before and afters, but it is hard to tell from photos if I would be able to do something similar with the space I have.

    Thank you!

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  25. Can you describe and give a parts list for the recessed shelving between the studs. That is so great! I have a very small space and this would come in SO handy! Thank you so much

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  26. Jen-
    I realize this has been ages, but does Lisa have a blog where we could get more project details? I was hoping to find out how they did the recessed shelving as our laundry nook is just a closet and we could use some more space. Thanks! :)

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