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How I Transformed a Coat Closet into a Pantry

How to make a large pantry in your home so that you can organize and store more, plus see everything at a glance.

Now that it’s fall and that “nesting” feeling is starting to sink in, I thought I would show you how I created and organized my kitchen pantry.

You know that feeling – getting everything ready so that you are all comfy and cozy all winter long. It is kind of like a squirrel gathering as many nuts as he can and safely storing them so he doesn’t go hungry over the winter.  He doesn’t have a pantry -just a safe hiding place for his stash.  I have a pantry to do this, but I didn’t always. I had to make it happen.

This is my mudroom – it is right off my kitchen and it is where my pantry is located.  I consider a pantry one of the best features any kitchen can have – large or small.  You need a place to be able to see and organize all of your food.  A pantry also helps provide  that “nesting”  feeling we humans crave during the winter months.

How to turn a coat closet into a pantry

When we first moved into this house, the double doors you see in the photo used to be  half this wide – it used to be a single door coat closet.  A very overstuffed single door coat closet!

The house we lived in previously had a walk-in pantry – it was an entire room.  I was pantry spoiled!  The kitchen in this house had a pantry cabinet – it was small and I could never find anything as it was cramped and deep.  I was frustrated until I finally came up with the idea to move the contents of this coat closet out to the garage and extend the closet to make a double door pantry.

We made a coat and shoe wall with hooks and shelves out in the garage. With two daughters, that space in the garage fondly became referred to as the shoe room :-)

DIY: Organized Pantry closet

The double doors allow you to see everything in one full swoop when you open them. Big items are easy to move in and out. Makes it easy to organize, restock, create a shopping list by just glancing, and keeping like things together.

DIY: Make a large pantry

I like being able to see everything at a glance, but it did take some work.  This is what I did.

How To Create a Pantry in a Coat Closet

1. I Made a Plan

You can see where the old wall used to be in the photo below.  We filled in the space with some scrap flooring pieces we had left over from a previous project.   As with most DIY projects -we ran into a few problems.  One was the new door I bought for the left side of the expanded closet at Home Depot. When we hung it up the recessed panels didn’t match up with the existing right side door. Ugghhh!   I went to Lowes to see if they had one that would match – they didn’t.   Darn, Darn, Darn – so close to getting a real pantry. Then I had a brainstorm and it worked. Since the new door was the same overall size as the existing door and all the other closet doors that came with the house. We took the door from our bedroom closet – that matched and hung it here in the pantry and put the new door on the bedroom closet. Easy!  Just took some “brain time” to come up with that fix.

DIY Large Pantry: Wood floor in pantry

We also ran into the problem of how to keep the doors closed since there would no longer be a door jam.  What we came up with was to add these “male” push ball latches on the top of each door

Pantry Door Latches

and their “female” counterparts at the center top of the door jam. The doors stay closed perfectly.

Door-jam-stops Pantry DIY

The latch function on the two doorknobs that came on the doors became obsolete so I hot glued them to the “in” position so they would not pop out anymore.

Door-knob-fix

2.  Customized it to Fit My Family’s Needs

Since we were constructing this pantry, we could customize it to fit our needs. I measured the width and height of everything I wanted to store in here. I figured out the space that would be needed between the shelves to accommodate all different heights of items and packages. The shelves were made with pine boards that are 12” deep.  They sit on 1 x 2 supports that are mounted along the back and side walls.  We painted everything white. I covered each shelf with freezer paper with the shiny side up. It is inexpensive and lasts a long time. It can also be wiped clean which is an added benefit.

Pantry organizing ideas

The closet is 8 ft high by 6 ft wide, and 23″ deep.   Shelves are 12 ” deep.  The doors are regular size doorway doors 30″ wide each.

Note: The “Various” shelf. It used to hold a lot more junk food when my daughters were still living at home. Now it looks a little empty.

3. Organized It

Group items by size.  It is the best way to use the space efficiently. Big items go on the floor. Bulk items from Costco, pet food containers and two baskets that hold cleaning and utility supplies.

(Sneak peek at how I made this pantry prettier – more on how I did that coming up.)

Pantry Decorating Ideas

  • I use baskets for smaller items and organize them by category  – Baking, Snacks, Etc.  The baskets act as drawers that I can pull in/out to easily find what I need. They also make it easier to move things when I need to re-organize the shelves when something new comes in.

Pantry shelf ideas

How To Organize Plastic Grocery Bags in a Pantry

  • I re-use plastic bags and store them in cardboard tubes of all sizes to keep them under control. I use mailing tubes to store plastic grocery bags and paper towel tubes to hold smaller produce size bags.   The big basket on the floor is for large bags.
  • I only transfer long-term dry goods in containers – flour, sugar, dog treats, etc. Everything else stays in its own box. I found that some containers didn’t hold the entire box and I would end up with a storage container and a half filled box – that was just too complicated. I like simple.

Organizing ideas for a pantry

  • I hung three racks on one side wall to hold foil and sandwich bags.

Organizing a pantry ideas and tips

  • On the other side I added hooks to hang a few cleaning items.

Label making for pantry organization

4.  Label Hidden Storage

Pantry labels and tags for food

I label all baskets and containers.  That way everybody can easily find them. Some are tied on tags. This top shelf is where I store my 30 Minute Party Supplies – accessible but out of the way.

Make a pantry ideas

Free printable pantry labels and tags

Others are attached with brass fasteners or glued on. I make them on my computer using Microsoft Word and a favorite font. I then laminate them with self laminating sheets that I buy at the office supply store.   This way they last longer and can be wiped clean.

To learn more on how I make my laminated labels, click here.

Pantry Organizing Ideas

And yes, I do have an entire basket filled with colored sprinkles. Ya never know when you are going to need a certain color.

Pantry-Baskets

You can click the link to see the tutorial on how I made the Dog and Cat Food Containers.

Ballard Design Inspired Dog-and-Cat-Food-Cans

5. Make it Pretty – Budget Update

Now that my pantry is customized, organized, and labeled I wanted to make it pretty, but had no budget to do it.  I like the white walls, but wanted to show you an easy way to add some color without the time and expense it would take to paint or wallpaper. This could be as permanent or as temporary as you want it to be.

I went to Walmart and bought 2 rolls of giftwrap and found 3 marked down rolls of black ribbon – exactly the amount I needed to add to the edge of the shelves with silver tacks that I had.  When that happens I always say to myself that is was meant to be. Cost: Under $10

I attached the giftwrap to the back wall for a pop of pattern and color. I would have loved to have added trim molding to the edge of each shelf, but I am thrilled with my budget ribbon version.

Panrty Closet Decorating Ideas

I trimmed the edge of each shelf with ribbon and silver tacks. Ribbon can be added to any shelf in your home for a little luxe. Look around your home – bookshelves, linen closets, any shelf.  It makes a nice inexpensive option in place of decorative molding.

Pantry Decorating Ideas - Ribbon on Shelves

Before                                   After

Pantry-Organization-Create-Pantry-Shelf-Organization

Glams it up a bit, don’t cha think?  When I tire of it, I can easily remove it and I am back to my classic white walls.  To attach the giftwrap to the walls, I simply cut each piece to the size of the back of each shelf.  I then attached each section to the wall with GlueDots that scrapbookers use. It was very easy!   I didn’t use a lot of them – only a few to hold it up. Worked perfectly.

 Pantry Closet Decorating Ideas

Pantry Decorating Ideas

 Kitchen Pantry

I store mostly food and party supplies in my pantry, but I also store extra dinnerware, trays, cookbooks, candles, and all of my pitchers. I also always keep a bottle of wine wrapped and ready to go to give as a hostess gift when my hubby and I are invited to an impromptu get-together. Just a plain bag that I gussied up with some ribbon and a vintage earring. Ready to grab and go.

Hostess-gift-Idea---have-wi

So I may not have a big walk-in room pantry anymore, but after planning, organizing, labeling, and adding a touch of pattern – I do have a pantry that I am very happy with.

Want More Pantry Organizing Ideas?

Do you have a large cabinet or closet that can be transformed in your house? If not, how do you store your food stuff – any tips or tricks that help you stay organized in the kitchen?

Pantry-Closet with Gift wrapped walls

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100 Comments

  1. So glad that I came across your post! We are buying a house that is a good size with no pantry! There is a double door coat closet by the front door! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Thank you for the details about how you organized the pantry items and the reasoning behind it all. I’ve got 4 small pantries that I have been working in & your insight is helpful for what makes “sense” with setting things up in a system.

  3. Thank you so much for your post! I have the exact same space that we currently use as a bar and I’m going to make a pantry and add some sliding doors! My only questions is were the shelves sturdy enough with the back and side supports? Basically the shelves didn’t bow when things were added like all the canned goods? Thank you again!

    1. Hi Meghan – The shelves never bowed. There was support all along the back and both sides. I think the back support keeps it from bowing. You can see the back wood supports in some of the photos.

      At one point after we first installed the pantry, we put all the bottles of liquor on the lower shelf, but it was too heavy. We then moved all of them to the floor. That is where they were for years.

      We no longer live in the house and I truly miss that pantry. Now I still have one, but it is small. You can see it here and how I made it over: http://bit.ly/314VxBh

      1. Thank you so much! So you recommend pine boards that are 12 inches wide? We’re your 1×2 support beams also pine? Thanks!

  4. Diane, thank you for this excellent post. This was exactly what I needed to proceed with our pantry renovation. This plan works perfectly with our wonkey walled ancient farmhouse. Your pictures and detailed instructions were very helpful.

  5. Perhaps you can give me some advice. I have a closet just outside my kitchen. I would like to somehow convert it into a pantry/storage area. My problem is its size. Firstly it is approximately 20 inches raised above the floor, this is because it is above a stairwell. Is is 38 inches deep (from front to back) 22 inches wide and 74 inches to the ceiling. There is now 2 large shelves in it. Any advice would be helpful.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Carolyn –

      In my current house, I had a small closet that I transformed into a small pantry. (Not as large as the one in my previous home). If you haven’t read this post, you can find it here: https://inmyownstyle.com/small-pantry-closet-makeover.html

      I think you may get a few ideas seeing the narrow closet and what I did to it. For your closet, I think you could add some new shelves to give you more room like I did for this closet where I store my china: https://inmyownstyle.com/organizing-a-small-closet-makeover.html

      Since your closet is deep you may want to use long baskets that you can fill and then pull out and push in to access items. I used the clear acrylic bins, but they are not very long.

      If I think of another idea for you I will email you.

  6. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pantry DIY! We just bought a house built in the late 90’s, which included the laundry in a wide closet in the kitchen. Before selling the house, the previous owner had the laundry connections moved to a room upstairs, so now this closet in the kitchen sits empty and untouched. With only 2 small cabinets to store food, I am definitely planning to turn the closet into a pantry, and this is exactly what I had in mind! I never would have thought to use gift wrap on the wall for a pop of color and a nice background pattern! Really love the labeled baskets also! Can’t wait to get started on mine!

  7. I definitely appreciate all your time invested in this pantry because I will benefit (as many others, I’m sure). the pantry came out not only to be practical but oh so pretty! And organized! Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. I was looking for an idea for our now unused coat closet, that is except for a few items, and came across your idea. My closet is in our writing room/storage/library and has no doors and make do with a sheet. Your idea for turning a closet into a pantry is brilliant as we have a tiny kitchen we little in the way of cabinet space. Going to print this out and put it in my Projects file; I’m in the midst of a brainstorming and cleaning and de-cluttering phase which will include remodeling. Thanks again for the great idea!

    1. Hi Lauren –

      The pantry in my post is in my previous house. I miss it! I have a very small closet in my current house that I plan to redo soon into a pantry, but it will never be as nice. :-) Thanks for reading my blog.

  9. I have a small hall cupboard which is known as the coat room ,I’m going to be making that into a walk in pantry,although not as widecas yours I’m tweaking ideas everyday on paper to get the most out of it. I have a cupboard in the kitchen which is very narrow and awkward to get into so am converting that into a laundry drying room. Tumble dryer etc as small kitchen won’t fit one in. Love your idea and its given me lots of ideas.

  10. First of all I want to say excellent blog!
    I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you
    don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center
    yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there.
    I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first
    10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to
    figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or
    tips? Appreciate it!

  11. Thank you so much for this! The shelf heights are exactly what I was looking for. My mudroom has a completely useless closet that I’m going to convert into a pantry. It is not deep enough to hang coats, even though I’m assuming it’s supposed to be a coat closet. We have it all demoed, now to add the shelves at the appropriate heights. Thank you again!

  12. Hello Diane! I love the transformation in your space. Thank you for a detailed tutorial; having the dimensions is a life-saver!

    Val

  13. I have a pantry almost just like yours. Supposed to be the place for a washer and dryer….right in the middle of the kitchen! Nope. When we moved in we converted it to a pantry. They did have a dedicated pantry but its like 12″ wide!! So we have a big food pantry and a small storage pantry. You have inspired me to totally empty mine, paint, add a design on wall and reorganize. I have white wire shelves. I would love to wood shelves but i might just add the clear thick shelf liner. Where do you store your onions and potatoes?

  14. This is FABULOUS!!! I love your ideas and hope one day I will be able to do this!! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us!!! GREAT JOB DIANE!!!

  15. Oh and after reading one of your followers about using support, I am using pallet wood therefore I will have lots of support throughout since these boards are shorter than the entire length of the pantry. Thanks again!

  16. I love your ideas and am currently redoing my own pantry. I took out all the wire shelves and repainted my pantry and will rebuild the shelving with pallet wood. I’m going to space mine exactly like your design. Although I don’t have popcorn tins, I will use a small garbage can for my dog’s food. Thanks for the tips!

  17. When you converted the single closet to the double door pantry how did you frame it? What did you use to frame the whole area prior to screwing the hinges to the frame?
    Thank You

    1. Hi James – Once we knocked the side wall out of the existing closet we made a frame out of 2″ x 4″s and then put sheet rock over them on each side. To frame out the doors we used door framing molding that is sold at home improvement stores in the lumber aisle. You can see what it looks like in the 3rd photo in the post. It shows the right side, but the left side door molding where the door is hinged on looks the exact same. I wish I had step-by-step photos to show you, but we did this project many years before I started my blog and I did not take any photos.

  18. This is great …however might I make a suggestion before your pantry falls apart on you? You need to put in some support boards in between the shelves…how do I know??? I’ll give you one guess! The 2 shelves I did not have supported fell inward! What a mess! I also have one of these pantries for all my appliances …it’s so nice to see and be able to just grab what I need when I need it. Then I can just return it all nice and clean to it’s home!
    Please do consider supporting those shelves.

    1. Hi Cherie- Thanks for the tip. Each of my shelves does have support – it runs along the back and sides of each shelf. I created the pantry over 15 years ago and wrote the post 3 years ago to show readers what I did. My dad was a wood worker and I learned early on to only use strong wood – poplar instead of pine boards. I love this pantry. It keeps me so organized. I would love to have one for all my appliances like you. Maybe someday :-)

  19. I love what you guys are usually up too. This sort of clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the great works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.

  20. I know that I am late to the pantry party here, but I would just like to say that you are awesome. I am so jealous.

    I just bought an old house with a tiny kitchen and no pantry to speak of. I hope to have a small cabinet-pantry built in an empty corner but it would never be as nice and large as this. Green with envy, my friend. Green with envy.

  21. You are a genius!!
    I was trying to explain to my husband last night how I envision doing a pantry for our ‘galley style’ kitchen in our first home. It’s a small kitchen but with the pantry layout you have like this, storage sorted. Thank you all the way from Auckland, New Zealand.

    1. Hi Jenna – So happy to hear that the post helped you get your idea for your pantry across to your husband. I hope it comes out beautiful. Would love to visit New Zealand someday – looks like an amazing place to live.

  22. This is great! I am doing exactly the same thing (with bi-fold doors) and am having a hard time designing the interior. This has given me so many ideas. Yours turned out great! Looking forward to finishing mine.

  23. I really liked your planning, the ideas, and all the little details of how you organized this space. The background gift wrap idea is great, really does pop. I also loved how you have the wine bag ready – last minute gifts turn out so expensive, at least some things can be prepared beforehand. This is a great post. I arrived here via Pinterest.

  24. The one basket with sprinkles is funny. Don’t tell anyone but I have two HUGE baskets with sprinkles. Ya just never know! lol My little cottage isn’t big enough for a closet pantry like this, but I wish it were! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Dog/cat food containers… when I made mine using the old popcorn containers, i put handles on the lids. Drill hole, use old kitchen knob, with screw and a washer or two for support. Now i can open with one hand.

  26. Loved the way your pantry turned out. I have been wanting to do this to my pantry and you gave me so many great ideas. I thought about putting sliding doors from IKEA but thought it would take room from the middle. The double doors seem to work better. Thanks again for the tips.

  27. Love, love, love your pantry! The wallpaper in the back is beautiful, and you came up with a great solution for keeping the doors shut. That might also work for bi-fold doors that have been converted to open like a regular door.

  28. I just found your site on Pinterest and love your pantry! Are you having any problem with the shelves bowing? I noticed in one pic that you have a little cube of wood in the corners under the shelves. Is that for more support? Also, is there a reason for cutting the wrapping paper just the size of each space? Love the Glue Dot idea. We need creative people like you to think of these things! The reason for my questions is that I’m lucky to have a small room in the basement just for food storage, small applicances, etc. I want to redo it with your cute ideas. The shelves are ugly 2×4’s supports and look like they should be in the garage! Love, love your site!

    1. Thanks Theresa –

      There are supports that run all along the back and the sides of the pantry. They are painted the same color as the wall. They are what hold up the shelves. It gives the shelves something to lay on. The wood cubes are just for a bit of extra support.

      I cut the wrapping paper to the size of each space because the shelves are nailed into the supports and I could not remove them. I posted about the pantry this year, but it was done many years ago. I added the gift wrap as a way to change it up a bit. If the shelves were not in, I would have hung the gift wrap in sheets like I was wallpapering.

      We used poplar wood that doesn’t have any knots and doesn’t warp. We have had no bowing at all and I used to have a lot of heavy stuff on the bottom shelf.

      I hope this helps.

  29. Hi Brenda – it looks fabulous !!! I did my little coat closet by the dining room into a mini bar – It holds my blender, all the speciality drink glasses ( need more cabinet space in kitchen – so This freed up a lot of space !) All my party items, plastic ware and napkins, and you gave me a few new ideas to increase the storage on those latter items ! So thanks so muck! Love your blog !

  30. Would you mind telling me the width and height of your closet? Our kitchen pantry is wide (two folding doors wide), and deep, but yours, even though more shallow than mine, seems to hold more. :) Love the look, the simplicity, the ease. Thank you!

  31. Our coat closet just so happens to be our pantry as well. Up until this weekend we had various small bookshelves in there to hold things, but we just put up proper shelves to house everything. I found you through Pinterest and am so glad! I needed organization ideas and this is perfect inspiration!

  32. I am 2 weeks behind in my emails but I am sooo glad I got back to find this. Diane, you are fabulous!! I just love everything you do and am so glad I’m following you. You are definitely an inspiration to us all. Thank you so much =)

  33. So organized and pretty to look at! Spaces like this in my own home make me sleep easier at night. I know you must be proud of your hard work!! Great job :D
    I will be featuring you on this week’s Amaze Me Monday!

  34. This is a wonderfully organized pantry! It’s also quite inspirational. I have a new pantry and need to find a way to organize it. Thanks for taking time to post your ideas and great photos.

    1. Hi Laura-

      As you organize yours just keep thinking about its function. What do you need the space to do for you to make your life easier?. The pretty part is like icing on the cake at the end of your planning and organizing.

  35. Can you tell me where you got the racks that hold your tin foil, plastic wrap, etc.? I’ve been looking for some just like that with no luck! And your pantry is beautiful…so organized and visually appealing! I’ve been on the lookout for wrapping paper to use in my kitchen cabinets just like you did…glad to see someone else do this too! :)

  36. Yes, I so agree with Martha. Very unique and individual ideas. I know you say you do get inspiration from some sites and stores, but you truly go the step above and for us to be able to afford to copy your ideas and remakes. I so thank you and I feel just blessed to have found you.

    Sheryll & Critters.

  37. Truly exceptional in charm and function! As always, great photos and clear, sequential directions. You have some very clever ideas I had never seen before. And at 52, I thought I had seen everything. Thank you!

  38. For days I’ve been wanting to read this post. What you did is fantastic. Right now my coat closet is a good size but the closet indents on the sides of the doors so there is hidden space. I’m not sure of the width but maybe if I had doors I could do a double door. I’ve been thinking of converting it to some type of storage and a bit of space for hanging. I’m motivated with your pictures. Thanks for sharing how high you did you shelves too. Right now I have a garage cabinets on the wall that is suppose to have a small kitchenette. I have a small table with the leaves down and in the corner I have a tall cabinet and a short cabinet next to it. I have the microwave on the short cabinet. When I move the TV out of the armoire I’m thinking of putting the armoire in the kitchen with roll out shelves. Then I’ll move the other funky cabinets into the garage for my barbies and stuff that I sell on ebay. Thanks for sharing your genius solution.

  39. Oh my goodness. I’m so happy to meet you! I have pinned many of your home features. It’s great to see the blog they come from. :) I am very impressed with your vision of turning the coat closet into a bigger food pantry. It is brilliant, not only that, it is perfectly organized! Thank you for linking this up with Roomspiration today! Love it! Now I can be one of your happy followers!! ;)

  40. Wow! What a wonderful tutorial on your pantry and great organizing! I love the double doors too, how fun to swing them wide open and see everything right there! Thank you for linking up with Roomspirations today!

  41. Oh this is awesome, I just moved to a new place and it has no pantry…my previous place did…I am sooo converting my coat closet into a pantry. This is so smart!

  42. What a fantastic pantry makeover!

    I would love for your to post this gem up on my Fall In Love linky party on Wednesday.

    Until then come by and see a spectacular new spice cabinet.

  43. Diane,
    Now this was one super duper ideas…looks great and I know you are lovin’ it…love how you used all the baskets. Today at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY you will see that you have been featured from last weeks party…please feel free to grab my feature button for your blog and thanks so much for coming to my party:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

  44. I changed my hall closet into a pantry too. We opened up our kitchen so we lost a few cabinets so I missed the storage space. I used ventilated shelves since I live in Florida and I wanted them to be deeper to hold some large baskets. I love the decorated walls and labels. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Great pantry! Mine is similar in that it is a reach-in closet in the hallway just outside my kitchen, but yours is so much more beautiful. I need to get to work making my pantry look as beautiful as well. How did you cover the shelves with the freezer paper? Is is glued on or stapled? By the way, I’m a fan of yours from way back. I was never able to buy your book, but constantly had it checked out of the library. Glad I found your blog!

    1. Hi Peggy-

      I measured each shelf and cut the length to the exact size . For the width I added around 4″ extra to fold under. I placed the folded edge so it sits along the front of each shelf. It is just laying on the top of each shelf – the items hold it down. Very easy. If something leaks or gets sticky I can easily wipe it down or replace it.

      Thanks for checking my book out of the library :)

  46. Diane. Thanks for sharing… I am in the process of planning one of these myself! :-) I love the labels. How did you make them?

    1. Hi Susannah-

      Here is the link to a post I did about how I make the labels.
      https://inmyownstyle.com/2010/01/how-to-make-wipeoff-labels-for-organizing-your-stuff.html

      I made the ones in my pantry a bit differently as I made the labels in Microsoft Word and printed them out on card stock. Just type in the words you want and add a border around each word. I cut them out and then used self laminating sheets that you can get at WalMart or any office supply store to cover them so they would stay nice and clean looking. The tag labels are made the same way – just cut into a tag shape.

  47. What great ideas, Diane. I really like hanging things on the wall as I always forget about that. I wouldn’t have had the foresight to measure all of my boxes. You are uber organized, girl!

  48. I’m most interested in the yummy Bloody Marys that you are going to make with that Mrs. T’s mix!!! lol Seriously, nice project. Great idea. We all need a little more storage!

  49. Simply brilliant! I do have a pantry but it has taken some abuse and neglect since we moved in and rushed on with life..it’s on my list to clean and reorganize. I love all of the baskets and labels..thanks so much for showing us how you did it..it looks fabulous!

  50. Diane,

    My goodness, your new pantry is fabulous.

    I have tried to do this with a tiny space that contained my water heater that I had moved outside to the laundry room and I am not as happy with it as I thought… I need all the space I can find and so I put two 12 inch boards on some of the shelves, but had to put only one deep in others. It is rather cramped but more space for extra’s and large items. I still have work to do on it as well as the little cubby space it is inside of that stores the portable dish washer…. and mine is no where close to be glammed up yet. I am working on it though and you have reminded me to do more work on it again. Thank you for all your inspirations and the fabulous instructions.

    Sheryll & Critters.

    Did you take any of the depth away from it when you changed it to a pantry?

  51. You are AMAZING and give me some ideas. I have never had a walk in pantry. My small narrow pantry is crammed full and deep . . . But I just may be able to come up with a new idea, thanks to you!

  52. I want to say thank you for sharing your organization with us. I found so many useful pantry storage ideas that I can’t wait to get some baskets and bins and start cleaning. Now if only I had a huge armoir in my blog room for crafts, just another reason to keep looking for those perfect antiques to recycle.

  53. Perfect timing! We are in the early planning stages of adding a pantry closet to our mud room. Yours is Beautiful! Lots of ideas here! Thank you
    Lorrie

  54. I thought I was organized till i started reading your blog. I bow at your awesome ingenuity and resourcefulness. You are an inspiration. I am going to organize my crafts closet following the advice you have shared here. Thank you!

  55. I love the glue dots idea with the gift wrap. I want to do a similar thing with my closet office and was trying to think of what to use to put the gift wrap up with. Now I know! Thanks!