Pantry Makeover

Today we finished up a mini-makeover in the kitchen that injected a bit of color and opened up the space.

I am kicking myself for not having a true before picture, but here is the pantry during the planning process :

You can see that I’ve already picked out a color in this shot. What you don’t see is how Mike had taken off the bi-fold door that used to cover the pantry. Removing the door did a tremendous job of opening up our tiny kitchen.

With a few coats of color on the walls and inside trim and a fresh coat of white on the shelves, the mini-transformation was complete.


- one coat of Kilz2 Latex Primer
Рtwo coats of Behr Premium Plus, color: Corn Husk Green, finish: semi-gloss
– two coats of Behr Premium Plus, color: color-matched to Gallery White, finish: hi-gloss


Though we don’t prime everything we paint, it seemed especially important to start with a coat of primer because of the grease, grime and odors that can build up in a well-loved kitchen. In addition, there were a couple food stains on the shelves that benefited from the extra stain protection.

Each coat of paint took about three hours, so be prepared for the time required in the pantry. Nearly every surface is an edge that needs to be cut, and many of the angles were awkward to reach.

De-cluttering the top shelf with a few Le Creuset pieces and our stainless steel bowls also helped in keeping an open feel. I re-arranged other parts of the kitchen to make room for the previous top-shelf tenants. We doubly-benefited by pulling out a colorful dot canvas box to hold tea and other hot drinks (now on the top of the refrigerator, and adding a new color element).

What do you think? Are you ready to infuse some color into your kitchen?

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7 Responses to Pantry Makeover

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  2. Sara says:

    Oh I love the colour!
    May I ask where the barstools are from?

    • Sara says:

      Thank you Sara! We picked up those bar stools from a bed and breakfast that was doing a full interior re-design. The maker didn’t leave any marks on them, so I haven’t a clue where they came from. Sorry about that!

  3. Chrissy says:

    I love this, it is a stellar idea to remove bi-folds and leave open shelves. Especially in the kitchen. I did this in my kitchen as well. I use nice wicker baskets too to put spices in and one for small canned stuff and one for packets like taco seasoning. It helps keep it organized and breaks up my loads and loads of caned/glass goods ;)

    Looks Lovely Great Idea!!

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  5. Comeca Jones says:

    Lovin the color in the pantry.Love your style I am now a follower!

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