In the process of moving into the Jenny-Mike House, we’ve had to do some downsizing, having lost 1500 square feet. This includes pantry space. My new pantry is quite a bit smaller than the old one. I’ve actually enjoyed figuring out ways to minimize. I mean truthfully, it’s not like we live in the middle of nowhere, hours from the nearest grocery store! Reality is HEB is just 3 minutes down the road!
Who Needs Food
In this scenario, forget the groceries. I mean, really couldn’t I fit a weeks worth of essentials on a couple of shelves, and go THIS route!?
So, maybe this is more of a butler’s pantry than a food pantry. I LOVE IT! I’m a bit of a collector of dishes and I would have a BLAST with a butler’s pantry!
Ok, ok. Maybe this is a wine pantry, but REALLY if you had this, how necessary is food anyway!
More About Design
Someone put a lot of effort and money into this pantry, but it is amazing! That ladder would really help maximize the storage all the way to the ceiling.
Natural light is a HUGE plus for me! Why not put a window in your pantry? Another great feature of this pantry is the counter space, which would be awesome for your mixer! I had this in my last house, but I need to be with people too much for this to be the design for me. I was always baking for my friends and family while they were in the kitchen chatting away. I was left out of the party 🙁
I love these glass doors on the front of this pantry, although you would have to be a pretty organized person to pull this off. It seriously looks like looking into an old-timey drug store! Again, with the coveting!
Another option that would offer slightly more privacy, yet sticking with the charm of a glass door, is this frosted glass door. I also really love the look and organization of the plastic containers in this pantry. Charm AND function! Sign me up!
Organized Yet Visually Appealing
With a pantry like this, I would want to hang out in there! Utilizing baskets into your pantry is an easy way to group like items and keep an accurate inventory. The container store and Target have great pantry baskets.
I love the organization in this pantry. The Container Store and Bed Bath & Beyond have great plastic containers that seal up nicely. I also love the colorful display of cookbooks in this pantry!
This home owner (or designer) thought of everything! Notice the slots at the bottom right for large trays. And the wine and water racks! Plus the pull out drawer and baskets on the left are extremely functional. Again, think about utilizing available space all the way to the ceiling, putting your least used items at the top.
Or forget plastic and baskets! Go for glass! Not real space-saving but so cute! I love the buckets at the bottom. I may be implementing this idea. Great storage for lots of items but still looks unified and charming!
Another idea to personalize your pantry, is to wallpaper the wall behind the shelves, as above. They make so many great self adhesive papers now! It’s a fun way to bring your favorite color into a “work-space”!
I love these blogs that have given some great ideas for labeling glass jars with chalkboard paint!
Such a fun and handy idea that would work so well on these storage jars!
Or, some combo of glass jars, baskets and plastic! I love the tables on each of the baskets.
Even if you don’t have a lot of available space, you can have a great pantry! Look at this shallow option. Still extremely useful and loaded with storage space.
What are your essentials when it comes to pantry design? I’d love to hear your useful tips! And, I really was kidding about the wine pantry replacing a food pantry! No! Really!
Happy Hump Day!!