If you read my very first blog post, you will know that I have very mixed feelings about my kitchen.
I mean, I love it, but there are some things that I would like to change.
One thing that I can’t change though is the size. While it is a decent size by today’s standards, I still don’t have space for a pantry.
Instead, I have (as I’m sure that most of you do) those horrible corner cupboards that can store tonnes of crap, but that you can’t actually find anything in unless you are willing to get down on your hands and knees and climb in it to find your stuff.
To try and fix the problem, Hubs moved our groceries to the tupperware drawers and moved the tupperware to the corner cupboards. The drawers worked well for the groceries, but the cupboards were a disaster for the tupperware!
So, what now?
We have a teeny space next to the back door… can we really find a way to use that space optimally and have easy access to at least some of our groceries?
There is nothing like a good challenge to get the Hubs motivated and so the idea of a pallet wood pantry cupboard was born!
He decided to use the same wood that he had used to create the open shelving in the kitchen, it really is the cheapest there is available and it does the job. We love the rustic look too!
Firstly, he measured the available space, bearing in mind that we needed to have space for the dirt bin at the bottom and space to store groceries at the top. As with most projects, he knew what I wanted and had an idea of how he was going to get there, but he mostly just flew by the seat of his pants.
The next step was to frame out the cupboard. It is technically free standing, but he had to build around the electrical box and in a very limited space, so the whole thing was constructed right there in my kitchen. It was also sanded right there in my kitchen. I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you the mess that that caused!
The mess was worth it though.
Cheap pine battens to build out the frame.
Pine pallet wood to flesh the pantry cupboard out
A few hinges, a piece of string and some hardware… and ta-da: A DIY pallet wood pantry cupboard!
We haven’t stained it yet, because we are going to be changing out the backsplash in the kitchen. I’m wanting to go with a white subway tile, which will change the whole look of the kitchen. I don’t want to stain the cupboard now, only for it to not look right once the backsplash is changed. Besides, I quite like the natural look at the moment!
I know that it looks small. It is small, but it’s more than I had before. It’s also very shallow. Shallow may sound like a con, but I see it as a pro. I can see what I have at a glance.
Another benefit of this is that my bin is finally hidden! It’s tucked away in the bottom so I don’t have to look at it all the time, while being easy to access when I need it.
All in all I love this little cupboard. Hubs did a stellar job on it!
I know that I don’t have plans or drawings for it, or any of our projects really. Is that something that you would be interested in? If so, please let me know and I will twist Hubs’ arm to putting some plans together for you in a downloadable format.
Until next time,