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{ New House Tour } Pantry Makeover Before AND After Photos!

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I am so sorry I teased you last week with just the before photos of the pantry makeover! :) If you missed part one, our new pantry was originally a laundry room. Here’s what it looked like then — and why we wanted to rip it out and turn it into a pantry! After we moved the laundry room into another room closer to the garage (we were able to reuse the sink and cabinets as well), we wanted to do something special with this newly opened-up space.

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We used HomeAdvisor to help us find a company in our area that specialized in designing and installing closet organizers. HomeAdvisor is a free site to find, rate and review home improvement professionals. HomeAdvisor offered to help us with our pantry project in exchange for sharing our experience with them. After a quick search on the site, we were matched with a local company called Wilson Lumber Co. We went to check them out and were so impressed with how friendly, helpful, and energetic their designer Amy was. She said she could come out the very next day and give us an estimate. She came in and took stock of everything on the baker’s rack we were using as a pantry, took dimensions of the room, and got straight to work. Within two days she sent us three different pantry designs, all along with price quotes and 3D illustrations of the plans.

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Here’s the one we picked… :)

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It’s got adjustable shelves, drawers, baskets, and a rounded corner storage unit right in the middle.

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Amy took note of all the old laundry fixtures and hook-ups and made sure everything was perfectly hidden and tucked away, so there would be no sign this was a former laundry room.

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I love the counter inside the pantry for storing appliances. So nice to just reach in and grab what I need.

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Here’s my favorite, favorite feature of the pantry! This is something my dad installed for us. It’s a push button door switch that you can get at Home Depot. It’s installed in the hinge and when the door closes, it pushes a button to turn off the light. When the door opens, the button is released and the light comes on! Love it!! So nice for grabbing things quickly out of the pantry or when your hands are full! :) And if you need to be in the pantry with the door closed, the light switch still works. I wish every room automatically turned the light on when I walked in, lol! :)

You can pick one of these switches up for about $15 at Home Depot, and use HomeAdvisor to find a qualified electrician in your area to install it for you. You can even use HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide to get an idea of what it costs to hire an electrician to install a switch. I love using HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide to get a rough idea of what a home repair or remodel might cost without having someone come into my home and give me an estimate!

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Hello pantry!

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Here’s a close up of the appliance counter in the pantry. I keep my food processor, Yonanas, Blendtec blender, and electric tea kettle here and just pull them out when I need them.

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Above that is a shelf for my favorite sweet foodie friends’ cookbooks. :)

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And up top is our wedding china and crystal.

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A more reasonable human would keep things like onions and potatoes in these baskets, but I have about a thousands bags of chocolate chips in here instead. #sotypical The baskets are also removable, so you could take it out and bring it into the kitchen with you.

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Drawers for linens, towels, and aprons — or anything else I want to keep out of sight. :)

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Deep rounded corner storage — a lazy susan would be perfect in here for even more space, like for spices.

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Here’s a peek at the shelves… :) Flour, sugar, and baking.

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Oil & Vinegar.

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Peanut Butter & Nutella… Yes, I have a shelf completely devoted to peanut butter and Nutella… :) #sendhelp There’s even a little jar of homemade honey roasted peanut butter up there. :) Although it didn’t last much longer after that photo. ;)

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Pasta shelf! I am a fun pasta shape collector. :)

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Rice & grains.

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Canned goods. The shelves are nice and tall, so it’s easy to grab stuff from the back.

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Cake & cupcake decorating.

Spray paint cheap wicker baskets to match any decor.

Remember these baskets from my old laundry room? They were originally a light honey color, but I spray painted them a dark espresso color to match the laundry room in the old house. For the new pantry, I wanted a lighter color again, so I spray painted them this beautiful Nutmeg color from Rust-oleum. Perfect color for a pantry. :)

Dress up a cheap kids footstool with spray paint for a beautiful solution to hard-to-reach kitchen or pantry shelves.

This was originally a bright (read: tacky), multicolored kids footstool I found on clearance at Old Time Pottery. A single coat of black glossy spray paint dressed it right up for the pantry and is the perfect height for reaching items on the top shelf. It will also slide under the bottom shelf for convenient storage.

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Here are a few final before and afters for you :)

It only took the Wilson Lumber guys about 2.5 hours to install these shelves, from start to clean up. When they were gone I would’ve never known they were here — they left no mess, not even dust — except I had gorgeous new shelves! I thought it would take them most of the day, but before I knew it they were knocking on the office door (where I was totally working and so not just playing on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest) saying they were done!

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Here’s one more look at the makeover process, from beginning to end.

If you’re thinking about doing any home repairs, upgrades, or remodels, check out HomeAdvisor to find a trusted professional in your area.

If you’re curious about where anything came from, I’ll add everything I can think of to the source list below. If I missed something you were wondering about, please let me know in the comments and I’ll update the source list! :)

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{ Source List }

Kitchen Paint Color — Sherwin Williams Virtual Taupe
Pantry Paint Color — Sherwin Williams Basket Beige
Rug — Surya Frontier Gray, Amazon.com
Wooden chalkboard boxes — Hobby Lobby
Wicker baskets — Target (2009)
Footstool — Old Time Pottery
China — Bernardaud Galerie Royale
Crystal Stemware — Noritake Vendome Platinum
Plastic storage bins — Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Push Button Door Switch — Home Depot
Pantry Design & Installation — Wilson Lumber Co.

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P.S. I’ll tell you all about that fun stainless steel thing soon!! :)

P.P.S. I will definitely share pictures of the new laundry room too. You might want to subscribe to get all the posts by email so you don’t miss it, just in case! :)

Thanks so much for looking!! xoxo