Organized PANTRY {House of Smiths}

As the first week of our organizing series draws to a close, we leave you with the uber-talented Shelly of House of Smiths who is upping the ante with her pretty pantry makeover. If you haven’t seen it before, you’re in for a treat!  Perhaps her organized and efficient pantry will encourage us all to beautify our pantires as well over the weekend!  Have a great one y’all! image ********** I’m so excited to be part of Megan’s organizing guest post series! I LOVE an organized pretty space, it makes life SO much easier, and to me, there’s nothing better then being able to know that everything has a “proper place” 🙂 This past year, my hubby and I decided to tackle one of the messiest spaces in our house… by FAR! The Pantry! Believe ME… we were thrilled to even HAVE a pantry (being that the last 3 houses we had lived in didn’t even have one) but overtime we had let it get really out of control. Case and Point…lol So with a little creativity, and a LOT of help from IKEA and our local thrift stores, we finally got this space in tip-top, extraordinarily organized condition… and here’s how we did it! 🙂 I started at the bottom, priming away… realized how SMALL and cramped this space was, and gave up. ha. It took Cason finally pulling out EVERYTHING we had in there, to get my “behind” into gear, again. I found these3ft pieces of trim at Joann’s Fabric on clearance and thought they would be a subtle, great way to jazz up the shelf fronts a bit. After about 3 coats of primer, we used some wood glue and adhered the trim on the fronts of all the shelves. (We planned on having larger molding to give it a more dramatic look, but we didn’t want to have to worry about overhang, and someone catching the bottom of one of the pieces of moldings and ripping it off. So these ended up working perfectly!) After the wood glue dried, I putty-ed up the cracks and painted all the shelves and molding semi-gloss white. Next came the fun part!  COLOR! Woo hoo! I had had my mind COMPLETELY set. The leftover Cyprus Grass by Glidden, from my laundry room that I had redone earlier! It would be PERFECT!  And FREE! Slapped a coat up, and… LOL This wasn’t the first time I would throw a fit during this project. I hated it! I don’t hate the COLOR, I LOVE it in the laundry room… but I just knew right away, that it wasn’t the “look” I was going for. So off to Lowes Cason and I went. I threw a minor temper tantrum in the paint section, while Cason tried to tempt me into the color orange!!!… ugh…lol. And then he said something brilliant… “If you can’t find a green color you like… what about…….. gray???” (he said it quietly and slowly… like, if I hated the idea he would quickly say… I MEAN… BLUE???) LOL. Seriously love this guy.  He puts up with all my “house drama/dilemmas” So after sorting through about a hundred gray’s, I picked out a gray I thought might work well. Flagstone from Olympic. Not too light, not too dark, and just enough warmth. I got it home and started painting Looooove THIS COLOR! I’ll proudly admit… Babe… YOU WERE RIGHT! 🙂 The gray popped just right, against the white shelves and I immidately fell BACK IN LOVE with my project 🙂 Please tell me I’m not the only one this happens to.  You start something… you love it… then you hate it… then you love it again… LOL… Like I said… I’m a bit dramatic when it comes to big changes like this. ha! Problem solved… Paint being loved… Start hauling stuff back in… right? eh. no. 🙂 This pantry HAS to stand out! I didn’t spend a whole week on my hands and knees, and squished in between shelves to not make this space all that it could be…  CUE:  THE QUATREFOIL! {{{ Enter hallelujah chorus HERE }}} So fun right!?  I LOVE this pattern!
Normally I would have tried to stencil this design… in a space SO large to save money… but I was lazy, and vinyl took about 35 minutes compared to maybe… days of tedious stencil work. lol. And I really thought about whether or not to use vinyl… because I know that a lot of people can’t replicate this look on a budget, but that’s where I decided to spend my $$$. you can get the vinyl from me, at Wonderfully Wordy. I thought it might be good to break down the shelves and such for everyone so you can see how and where I placed everything.  Also along the way… I added tips and tricks that I found worked best for me 🙂 *Remove ALL food/electrical/bulky items that don’t get used or eaten on a weekly basis All other products should be moved to another “food storage” location, if possible.  This way, when you need to “restock” on pantry items that are low… you can easily refill them with your stored products… and keep your “everyday” pantry clean and free of unnecessary clutter. If you don’t have ANY other space… utilize empty, dead space on the floor with cute, functional containers, that you can easily pull out… that allow for extra storage. I didn’t need to do this, so I kept my floor clear, but I’m thinking some cute pull out drawers on sliders would be pretty dang great in here 🙂 * Place all items that you DO want or need to store and don’t use everyday… up high I found this wire basket at my local Deseret Industries (DI) for $1.00. I placed our ice cream cones, drink mixes and rarely used… but still needed sugars in this basket. *LABEL, LABEL, LABEL!!! The more you label things, the better your kids and husband you’ll be at making sure your hard work doesn’t go to waste! Containers or other storage items you’ve chosen to organize with, will have a better chance at being refilled with the RIGHT products and things will stay more organized and you’ll find yourself  “cleaning out the pantry” less and less. Jar Labels can be bought HERE.   Jars found at IKEA.  But I don’t think the carry them anymore. Walmart has some though! They vary in price from about $4-$12. *Categorize your Pantry Baking Supplies, Snacks, Paper Goods, Canned Products… and so on. It just makes sense… right? 🙂 This little crate was found at DI for $0.50 cents. I just added a vinyl label to the front. I keep all the baking powders, vanilla and such in here. Any SMALL products that tend to go scattered all over the pantry, in due time. *Protect your Work! I used these inexpensive furniture, self stick pads from IKEA to put on the bottom of all my “thrift store” organizational storage finds, that had rough bottoms or edges. I also lined all the pantry shelves with white contact paper, to protect the paint for as long as I can. It might sound a little “fussy” to do all this for a pantr and more work and money, now… but it will keep you from having to take the time to retouch up paint in the future! I HIGHLY recommend these two things. I didn’t work that hard, for NOTHIN’! 🙂 Protective padded circles were $2.00 at IKEA for a large pack, and the white contact paper was from Walmart.  I bought one large roll and it did everything but the top shelf (which I wasn’t worried about doing anyway) for about $5.00. *Make pantry items accessible and easy to “see” Your pantry can be as cute as ever, but if you can’t get to the items you need, or even SEE what you have, then what’s the point? I used hanging bathroom shower caddy’s from IKEA (that were in the clearance section for about $2.00) for all of our spices. And I used this small tin, also from IKEA for about $2.00… to hold all our spice packets. (cinnamon and sugar shaker was found at a kitchen supply store for $1.50) This simple, tight seal bottle was also found at IKEA, and I use it for our maple syrup. ($2.00 I think) I didn’t know how I would like this bottle, for such a thick, sticky liquid… but I LOVE it! Works GREAT, and my small kids can’t open it without my help. PEEERFECT! 🙂 oh right… and it’s CUTE and inexpensive TOO!  hot dog! 🙂 lol. *Keep things you use OFTEN at eye level, for easy use! The things you use EVERYDAY should be easy to access. Once again, try to label things and make sure that it all makes sense. If you have noodles in one area… then your sauce should be it’s sidekick! tall containers from IKEA $5.00 each Wide mouth glass jars with silver screw on lids Walmart – $5.00 each. (I have small scoops inside the rice and protein powder that I keep in each container, for easy use!) Other food products that I use on a regular basis that can’t really go in containers are stored BEHIND the larger items.  Again… Our snacks and other items that we tend to use daily, are in places where the kids can easily get to them. funny… when my kids first saw the pantry they asked if the containers are for decoration or if it’s okay to eat the food! LOL. They get it now… and love how “fun and easy” their snacks are to get to. The small and tall storage containers are from IKEA, once again. I think the small ones were $3.00 each.  I put chocolate chips, marshmellows, and walnuts in ours. Great for dumping into cookie mixes…. or just eating as treats 🙂 And “mommy’s snacks” … these raw almonds, are in this fun glass container I found from DI for $1.50. *Lose all those bulky BOXES! Our family goes through a TON of cereal.  And everyone likes totally different kinds. So I didn’t want to waste my money on a bunch of different containers that I KNEW would always be half full, and have tons of cereal dust crumbs in the bottom of. But I ALSO knew that I HATED all the cereal boxes that would pile up in our pantry… making it look cluttered and smaller then the space already was! So I used this wire crate… again found at DI for about $1.00… and ditched all the cereal boxes and just rolled the bags down with a clip and shoved them all in here! Nothing fancy… But I like it! Our hot cereal mixes are in this basket too. I didn’t put the pancake mix in a container, because I always need the instructions, and we use quite a bit each time we make a batch so I didn’t know if it would be worth spending another $5.00 on a container. If I DO decide to do one, I was thinking of cutting out the instructions and just taping them on the backside of the jar 🙂 But for now, the bag sits tucked in the corner, by our other breakfast items. *Keep Heavy, Less Used, Clutter Prone items down low. Things like my large bottle of oil, vinegars, soy sauce, season salt… and such are stored low, and hidden. I don’t want to have to go to my “alternate storage place” to grab these items, but I don’t need to SEE them all the time either. Can goods are another item that our family hardly uses, still need at hand but tend to clutter our pantry! I always had cans set up at eye level.  But I’m loving them down low and stacked on risers now. So much more organized, and I can actually SEE what I have 🙂 These milk crates were $3.00 each, at an annual antique garage sale that my sister in law introduced me to. I put some of those padded protector disks on the bottom again, to protect the shelf. I LOVE the look of the old faded wood and metal bound corners 🙂 They just add a fun personalized element to the regular storage go-to containers, for pantry’s. Ya…it’s kind of a mess inside… but I tried to keep things in there that I will be using in the VERY near future… to save me too many trips down to our other food storage spot. 🙂 Can good risers were from my Mom.  She gave them to me a long time ago but I’m thinking they were from Target. I can’t imagine them being more than a couple of dollars. And again… Here’s the BIG PICTURE! 🙂 For OUR family, this set up is working AWESOME! I haven’t and ANY problems… and am really pleased at how well everything is working out 🙂 I’ve already had a few people who have seen our pantry say… “My kids would be eating that stuff like crazy! I can’t believe you keep it out, and within reach!!!” I hate to say this… but honestly… my kids don’t really have this problem. They get what they want in a small bowl and then put it back where it goes…  or pretty close, anyway 🙂 I was worried about the chocolate chips and such, but they haven’t even touched them! I also keep my kids juice boxes, string cheese, yogurt and applesauce down low in the drawers in our fridge, so they can get to them easily, without my help. Same with their cups and bowls and such. I know that this doesn’t work well for ALL families, but that’s how we’ve ALWAYS done it… so it’s not really a “privilege” for my kids… therefor they don’t abuse it. Does that make sense?  Hope so. You could totally put snacks and such, up one shelf too high for smaller kids, to keep them from getting into things, but still easy for YOU to get to 🙂 In conclusion… *Make YOUR pantry work for YOUR Family! Everyone has different ways of accessing their food, and how they like to keep it stored. But I promise that if you find functional, easy, clearly marked, (and cute doesn’t hurt either) storage solutions for your pantry… you will be LOVING life, so much more! Things will stay in their place, and your pantry will turn into a space that can FUNC-TION instead of a place you put food ‘n JUNK in! Definitely my NEW PANTRY SLOGAN 🙂 LOL. Here’s wishing you and YOUR family a Happy and Organized New Year! ~Shelley Smith image ********** Thank you Shelley for all of those wonderful pantry tips!  I think I need to get my labeler out! And you can see what this gorgeous girl has to say about our home on January 7, 2011.  image Thanks for the mention Emily! image Also, I’m thrilled to be posting about our KITCHEN on A Delightful Design today! image ******* Here’s what coming up next week . . . image Have a great weekend!

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  1. January 7, 2011 / 2:56 am

    As you all have already seen, my pantries are organized, but Shelley's pantry is downright gorgeous! Who needs a door when ya have something that pretty to look at?!!!

  2. January 7, 2011 / 3:01 am

    LOVE IT! It looks so unbelievably good!

  3. JC's Loft
    January 7, 2011 / 2:46 am

    That's the best looking pantry I have EVER seen! My mouth was wide open staring at all of your fabulous pics. WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File
    January 7, 2011 / 2:58 am

    Most AMAZING pantry ever! Quite breathtaking, actually!

  5. Kendra {House of Ficek}
    January 7, 2011 / 3:07 am

    That's a pantry I could live in! Great, now I am going to add pantry to my to- do list and a new blog. Just kidding, I'll do it happily.

  6. Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess
    January 7, 2011 / 3:15 am

    I SO want your pantry!! I love it! Fabulous job!!

  7. Lindsay
    January 7, 2011 / 3:27 am

    This is just beautiful!! What an amazing job! I'm now going to be scouring the internet for cute/cheap containers to add some pretty to my pantry!

  8. Jen@Organized-Design
    January 7, 2011 / 3:52 am

    As soon as I saw this I did a post about her. Her blog has been fairly new to me, and I still can't get over how amaizng that pantry looks!!

  9. Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!}
    January 7, 2011 / 3:56 am

    great post — that is one snazzy pantry!!!

  10. Carly {Honey and the Moon}
    January 7, 2011 / 4:01 am

    I've been in love with this pantry for so long…so amazing!


  11. classic • casual • home
    January 7, 2011 / 4:43 am

    FANTASTIC! Looks like a bit of work but I am totally motivated now. One thing I just love about my new pantry in my Renovated Kitchen post is that I have the bulky appliances plugged in there and it keeps my kitchen counters clear. Great post.
    Mary Ann

  12. A Delightful Design
    January 7, 2011 / 5:07 am

    This is the most amazing pantry ever! I'm sure your her heart sings every time she opens the door. This is really inspiring.

    Thanks for your patience with your guest post on my blog! I'm sorry it didn't work while I was actually in Mexico.

  13. AnaLisa
    January 7, 2011 / 5:12 am

    Inspiration coming out of my ears! 🙂 And guess what… I heard the Hallelujah chorus like she said. I thought they green was fine and then I saw the grey with white and it was breathtaking. Goes to show what a little paint and creativity can do! Awesome. I love this series already.

  14. January 7, 2011 / 12:40 pm

    Out of all the bloggy pantry makeovers I've seen, this one has been my favorite. I'm heading up to IKEA tomorrow, so I've taken some serious mental notes as I reread this post. 🙂 Love the canisters and the labeling!

  15. January 7, 2011 / 2:25 pm

    Oh WOW! I absolutely love everything about it… from the paint color, to the stencil, to all the lovely storage!! LOVE.

  16. Ruthie{Look~Learn~Love}
    January 7, 2011 / 9:52 am

    I NEED A LABELER!! 🙂 It makes everything seem so organized and beautiful when there is a label on it. All the beautiful jars & containers make such a difference, and I love being able to store stuff out of their original (not so pretty or creative) packaging.

  17. Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair
    January 7, 2011 / 11:00 am

    I would love a pantry but sadly we just dont have room. I love all the boxes and bottles you have used and the labels are so nice.
    Looks so great!
    Rachie xo

  18. Chic Coastal Living
    January 7, 2011 / 11:30 am

    Love labeling everything! It's so refreshing! Nice post!

  19. Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms
    January 7, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    That is a beautiful space! I love that you ditched the packaging and made it user-friendly for the kids – my kids have full access to our cupboards, even the candy bowl! It's funny, usually I will say they can have a candy and they'll say no thanks because it's not a big deal to them, the same as your kids. Great post.

  20. Elizabeth {Pretty Smitten}
    January 7, 2011 / 1:29 pm

    WOW! That pantry is absolutely beautiful. Okay…so Megan, I want your closet and this pantry. Projects for 2011! Thanks, as always, for the wonderful inspiration! Happy Friday!

  21. Design A-Peele
    January 7, 2011 / 1:33 pm

    my goodness! can you come and do mine? I just don't think I have the time and patience to do this! beautiful!

  22. Designing Domesticity
    January 7, 2011 / 1:37 pm

    Wow, Wow, Wow. That is one seriously beautifully organized space. So inspirational!

  23. Michelle @ Ten June
    January 7, 2011 / 2:26 pm

    Shelley- that pantry could be in a magazine! GREAT job!! 🙂

    PS. Glad I'm not the only one who throws paint/decor/design related fits ha ha!

  24. Ali Rockwell
    January 7, 2011 / 2:44 pm

    This is INSANE.

    You did a freaking amazing job 🙂 It is so perfect… I am jeal-ous.

  25. Kate at Dream To Life
    January 7, 2011 / 3:01 pm

    WOW. Talk about amazing – i need to get my "lazy" behind organizing!


  26. coolkids
    January 7, 2011 / 3:21 pm

    I am so embarassed of my pantry now! LOL

  27. The Painted Cottage
    January 7, 2011 / 3:30 pm

    WOW! That is an AMAZING pantry! Love love the stenciling! 🙂

    – Lauren

  28. Pixie Dust Painting- Benjamin Moore Painting and Decorating Services
    January 7, 2011 / 9:50 pm

    I thought the pantry turned out great, and it was interesting to see that you had to prime 3 times- i only have to prime once using Benjamin Moore products, and most of the higher end paints like Aura and Advance don't require a primer. If you go to a Benjamin Moore store they always have mistints available as well, and the primers are very reasonable in cost. I love how the pantry turned out, and all the work you did with the organizing is quite evident. I will pass along this article to clients and mention you on my site. Thanks.

  29. Eryn
    January 7, 2011 / 4:05 pm

    Wow. Great post! Thank you! I am 32 weeks and nesting like crazy. Thank you for the ideas!!

  30. Lovin That!
    January 7, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    Looks amazing!!

    PS: I featured your closet on my blog today. It really is so dreamy! 🙂

  31. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    January 7, 2011 / 4:09 pm

    It's just perfection. I love the vinyl on the walls. So well done. Please come do mine 🙂 And megan . . .great features today!!!! xoxox

  32. Ashly@Moon Walk
    January 7, 2011 / 4:36 pm

    It looks great! I love how everything is labled. I think this helps a lot!

  33. Michaela
    January 7, 2011 / 5:26 pm

    Her pantry is awesome! I love how she did the wallpaper behind to spice it up! Who says a pantry needs to be boring?! She's so organized it's making me want to clean out our cupboards!

  34. Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
    January 7, 2011 / 5:55 pm

    DROOLING over your pantry! Love that vinyl… and everything else! 🙂

  35. Alycia Wicker
    January 7, 2011 / 6:01 pm

    Love that pantry and that vinyl… Such a great idea to dress up a pantry!

  36. Allison
    January 7, 2011 / 6:22 pm

    That is one amazing and fun pantry! I love the vinyl and how everything is labeled. Great series, Megan! It's really getting me inspired and lots of great tips on organization.

  37. January 8, 2011 / 12:25 am

    That is crazy fabulous…I'm feeling very lame about my hall closet redo after seeing this!! I'd even keep my pantry organized to see the back walls!! Janell

  38. Amy @ 11Magnolialane
    January 7, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    I discovered your blog off Emily Clark…but I am so glad I did. Your kitchen is a dream (as is your closet)…gorgeous!

  39. Day Old News
    January 7, 2011 / 7:32 pm

    I must recreate this completely in my cupboards now (bc I don't have a pantry and cannot live without having this in my own home). This series is the BEST, please don't stop!!!

  40. Cindy
    January 8, 2011 / 1:03 am

    I just read your pantry post, and i'm pretty sure i'm going to have to kill myself, because i have never had and maybe never will have a pantry as beautiful and functional as yours. That's a work of art!


  41. emily
    January 8, 2011 / 5:08 pm

    I would never ever close the pantry door if mine looked like that!

  42. The Reluctant Blogger
    January 9, 2011 / 1:38 am

    I am in love! I would do anything for a pantry that big and awesome! The gray is really a beautiful color too!

  43. Meg
    January 10, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Turned out amazing!!! Job well done!


  44. Charlotta Ward
    January 10, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    I nearly touched the screen with my forehead reading this fantastic post!! What a brilliant make-over!
    I am very impressed with the final look, and how amazingly well stocked and organised the pantry is!

    Thank you for this great DIY inspiration!

    x Charlotta

  45. Charlotta Ward
    January 10, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    I nearly touched the screen with my forehead reading this fantastic post!! What a brilliant make-over!
    I am very impressed with the final look, and how amazingly well stocked and organised the pantry is!

    Thank you for this great DIY inspiration!

    x Charlotta

  46. April 17, 2011 / 9:55 pm

    I just love your orginizing skills – I'm in the middle of orginizing my kitchen and storage/laundry room and you've given me PLENTY of ideas!


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