I’ve wanted a pantry for some time now. Or should I say, I’ve needed a pantry for some time now… Regardless, for me it was important as I needed a singular place to store canned goods. You see I’ve wanted to get into canning, but I had nowhere to store the fruit’s of my labor, let alone the empty canning jars. As it was, when I went to a case lot sale (there’s a couple of grocery stores in my area that have them twice a year and they are always worth participating in) I would try to find placed to stuff the cans. Often forgetting what I had, or even where I put it. This often led to frustration, and the purchase of items that I did not need. Can we say, big waste of time and money. So for me, a pantry was greatly needed. So much so that I was more than happy to convert a closet in my house.
- A pantry would give me a single place to store all canned goods
- I would easily be able to tell what I had on hand
- I would have space to store the empty canning jars (as they emptied)
- Would reduce a lot the frustration of trying to find somewhere to store something
- Would save me time and money
- I could use items I already had on hand to turn the closet into a pantry
I’ve now been using the pantry for a couple of months now, although I haven’t put any of my canning in it yet (it’s still early, and canning hasn’t started yet), and I’m truly thrilled with my decision. I almost wonder why it took me so long to finely make the conversion. For me, it’s the best decision I ever made, I may want to pretty it up in the future, but for now it is functional, and that’s what matters.
How I did it
- First I removed everything from the closet
- Then I cleaned the walls and measured it up
- I found some wood that I could use; measured, cut, and sanded it
- Using a level, I attached the shelf supports to the wall
- Before adding the shelves, I decided to add the rod I planned on using for my spices. For this I used a piece of doweling I had on hand, 2 Round Screw Hooks, 20 S Hooks, and a package of Binder Clips.
- I attached the screw hooks to a piece of wood, and attached the wood to the ceiling. After that, I slid the S hooks onto the doweling, and placed the doweling into the curve of the round screw hooks.
- Using the binder clips, I hung my extra spices. I also labelled each of the spice bags along the side for easier referencing, and hung them in alphabetical order.
- Once the spices where in place, I added the shelving boards and loaded up the shelves.
- I also purchased some 3M Command Hooks, rated to 3 and 5 pounds, to hold my step ladder and a metal bag holder thing (I’m not really sure what it’s called, but it holds the bag open for me so it’s easier to fill), however they ended up pulling off the wall… 🙁 So I will most likely be adding a couple more Round Screw Hooks to hold these things.
This entire project cost my around $15 and took approximately 2 hours to complete.
Would you give up storage space in your home for a pantry?
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