The Pantry

Welcome to my pantry makeover! Why make over a pantry? Well, I must confess that I have always considered it just a closet for food, (and I am blessed with a large walk-in pantry.)  BUT.  I was totally inspired to makeover my pantry by two people – the first is my niece, Sarah, who also made over her pantry, and it is as darling as she is! The second is a person I never met, but my new hero from the house of smiths, Shelley Smith.  She dares to put her home and her projects on line, and has given me my courage to do so. So here I go!…

I know, it seems innocent enough from the outside door.

But once the door is open…SURPRISE!!! Just like a closet that needs the door kept shut. I shudder to think how many times I have gone in and out of this pantry when I have had company!

The first thing to decide was what color to choose for the walls.  My inspiration came from my apron fabric! I originally decided to also paint little red/white flowers on the walls after I painted, but more on that later…. 

The color I chose was a Martha Stewart color called Sea Glass from the Home Depot.  In the House of Kirsch, Behr paint is considered the best.  Sea Glass is a color that has never been in my home’s color palette, …but I really like my apron!!!

The next thing was to empty my pantry, and to take down my shelves.

It is a good idea to take a picture to remember how things are to be put back together again.

Now with the pantry emptied out on my table, and the paint purchased, I am now committed to this project…

The best option for me at this point is to call on “The Most Wonderful Husband In The World”.  He can tape off a room, prep it, paint-cut the ceiling and have it painted before I find where is the end of the tape on the roll.  He is my hero.

My hero in action.

Painted shorts have the “I-have-been-worn=on-many-paint-jobs” look.

Within no time, “The Most Wonderful Husband” had my pantry painted.

The shiny places are a few touch up spots that aren’t dry.

Now comes the task of putting everything back – but I needed to make sure that it would not become what it once was so…. I took out all the small appliances and stored them in the kitchen island.   I just kept the serving dishes and pieces that I use most often,  – the others were banished to the basement storage shelf.  I thought about the little flowers on my apron, and to stencil or paint them on the wall, but I really like the crisp look of the Sea Glass walls and the white shelves.  I had also contemplated replacing the wire racks with wooden ones, but decided to keep this makeover a low budget one!

I put the racks back in place, thanks to my reminder pictures, and started organizing my food.

Like suggested by Shelley Smith, I took the cereals and boxed crackers out of their containers, pinched them shut and stored them in baskets. (Sarah uses clothes pins instead of clips, cute idea, especially for her pantry’s theme.  And it’s cheaper too.)

I stored my covenanted Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in the freezer for that perfect hot July day…

I put a light brown shelf liner on my wire shelves, and I weeded out my cookbooks, and cooking magazines.  The canned goods I stored on a lower shelf for aesthetic reasons only.

The baking staples I stored in glass jars, (Walmart, $5. for the large one.) And I also used tall canning jars for chocolate chips, bread crumbs, nuts, etc. 

The top of my shelf needed a plate (I decorate everywhere with teacups and plates) and my favorite truth sign.

There we have it, all done in 3 days.  3 days is pretty good for me, I am the starter and my “Most Wonderful Husband” is the  finisher, but besides the painting,  I became the starter and finisher on the pantry makeover.  Just a few more things…my apron…my inspiration…is hung with the “Most Wonderful Husband’s” apron as well as my granddaughter’s on a long picture holder decorated with my life word “Joy”. I hung it just inside the pantry door.

So, A look back – before….
After….P.S.  Wine rack coming as soon as I can get to IKEA!!!
U pdate….My good friend, (and design consultant!), Georgine,  suggested that I change out my stool for a step stool, and on my recent trip to IKEA, I picked up this one. as well as…..
a few cute jars to hold spices….
and a wine rack.  I think I am good to go on the next project….
Thank you to everyone for your encouraging comments and suggestions!



Welcome to the “House of Kirsch”!  I am attempting my hand (and my heart) at sharing some of the adventures of my home and life.  I am a complete novice at blogging, (as will probably soon be evident),  but my wonderful daughter has promised to come to my technical rescue as the need arises!   I looking forward to sharing my world.                              In His Joy,  Wendi

“For the LORD your God is living among you.  He is a mighty savior.  He will take delight in you with gladness, with his love, he will calm all your fears.  He will rejoice over you with His singing.” Zephaniah 3:17