A Petite Pantry

A Petite Pantry

One of the things that I find a source of pride in our home’s remodel is that we have made do with what we have from start to finish. We’ve never added on, only using what we had when we started. I don’t want to say it wasn’t much, because I am so grateful for every inch of this home, in all of it’s rattiness because it provided us with so much more these past 6 years than just a roof over our heads. The limited, awkward space has been enough to make me grateful and appreciative for having any space at all. I have all but forgotten that there are homes with basements, attics, coat closets and garages. Our storage space here is limited to say the least and for that I, truly, am grateful. I have learned to only keep what we need and use, and to remove all else from our lives so as to live as clutterless as a family with two small children who love legos and other assorted smaller than should be allowed toys.

All of that to lead you in to the excitement I have discovered now that my husband built me a pantry. I know, he’s a keeper, don’t you think?

My kids’ bedrooms are right off of our kitchen and when my hubby remodeled them, my daughter’s room was our room and my son was only a few months old. He built the room with an opening, a hallway of sorts, but really it was left open because we are parents who love being near our babies when they sleep and we liked the idea of connected rooms so I could swoop in there during the night to nurse the little sweetie pie when he cried. Turns out the kid slept like a log as an infant and I’d get 10 straight hours of sleep most nights and we never really “needed” the opening space. But soon, we moved out of that bedroom and my daughter moved in. The kids *loved* having their rooms connected. They could play together and it was just – neat. But, my daughter is almost 8 now and my son just turned 5. Turns out there comes a point in every person’s life when they find the need for privacy. My daughter complained when she’d go to her room to read or play and he’d come bother her. The time was coming for the “hallway” to be closed off.

These pictures are terrible, but I will try to show you what we started with. See if you can follow along.

This is taken from me standing in my daughter’s room, looking into my son’s room. See the mess? I thought about cleaning it up first, but then thought how he’d just mess it up again 5 minutes later and you’d just think “wow, her kid’s room is clean!” and that is so not true.

This is from his room looking into her’s.

And this is the wall in the kitchen

So, basically, he put up two walls – one in each bedroom – and took down the wall in the kitchen. See?

I am afraid this isn’t making any sense and perhaps I should have just shown you the pantry to begin with and forgotten all about showing the process. But, it was a long process, drawn out and complicated, so I didn’t want to just show – “Look! A pantry!” and not give my hubby the credit he deserves for all the hard work he puts into my crazy ideas.

Here it is after

because the last thing we needed was another door opening into the kitchen to drive us batty, he bought a door panel and put it on a sliding rail thingy. I am pretty sure that is what the package called it.

(Now you know…one thing my hubby cannot do well is paint walls without getting paint on the ceiling. It is like this all over my house. But I don’t care. I love him anyway. )

This is the teensiest little pantry ever. It is annoying me that every time I type pantry, I type panty first and then have to backspace and fix it. Panty is my least favorite word in the english language. Maybe I can arrange to have a pantry called something else. Food closet? Hmmm.

Anyway, the pantry is only 18″ wide, but hey, 8 feet tall and 18 inches wide is a lot of space when you are going from no food closet to one. I love it. And I love that my hubby puts up with such crazy requests of mine.

The kids got new paint in their rooms because of this project, too, because of their new sections of wall.

My daughter’s room doubles as our guest room when we have company. Who wants to come stay in her very pink room?!?!

More soon.


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  1. Congrats on your new pantry! And you’re right – no closet is too small. You can do a lot in your 18″!! Before moving into our new home 18 mos ago, we lived in a small house where every single inch counted – it was that small. So I know how exciting it is to have a small space carved out just for you. Enjoy!!

    Emily Reply:

    Thank you!

  2. I love the food closet! :-)

    Emily Reply:

    Thanks Lis! xo

  3. I laughed out loud about “Panty.” I LOATHE the word panty (well, that and “gelatinous”), but haven’t come across many people who feel the same way. :)

    The pantry is great. Thanks for sharing the process, too.

    Emily Reply:

    I love that we share that in common!!


  4. Yay for your new pantry! (And the pictures made sense to me) :)

    Emily Reply:


  5. looks like a great idea to me! I don’t have a pantry – these things aren’t so common here (neither are coat closets for that matter) so we use one of those pull-out Ikea cabinets. Enough space if you ask me. So congrats, love your new, uhm, food storage thingy…

    Emily Reply:

    Hee hee!!

  6. I would be super excited about any pantry!!! And, I think my little girl would be super excited about a really pink room:)

  7. I love your new pantry! I couldn’t live without mine, even though it shares a closet in my laundry room with the carpet cleaner and ironing board. BTW another word for pantry is larder — a bit old fashioned, but I rather like it. Kudos to your husband!

  8. oh my, how brilliant and handy for you!! I always love seeing your home projects

  9. this is my first time visiting your blog and its great! this is such a clever idea! thanks for sharing.