She Organizes Her Messy Pantry At Last With This Simple, Inexpensive DIY Project

Pantries are one of the hardest places to keep clean and organized in the home. Sure, they're an ideal place to store food and supplies, but for some reason, they always look cluttered. It's easy to shrug it off as being a hopeless battle, but it doesn't have to be like this.

Since starting her DIY and decor blog in May of 2010, Emily of Decorchick! has made it her mission to inspire others through hacks, DIYs and insightful ideas. In a posting from 2010, Emily decided to redo her pantry as it was always a bit of an eyesore. With the help of her father, she definitely took things to a whole new level.

Just from having a peek inside, it isn't hard to see why this room was such a source of frustration. Even though things were somewhat organized, it would always look cluttered.

Everything that couldn't be stored on a shelf was put on the floor. This made it very difficult to move around the room while trying to reach for things at the back of shelves. It wasn't impossible to do, but it was certainly less than ideal.

The first part of this transformation involved removing absolutely everything from the pantry. After all the contents were cleared out, Emily was taken aback by how much room she actually had in there. The opportunity to start anew was right in front of her.

It was a laborious task, but one that was necessary if the pantry was to undergo a complete makeover. Shelf by shelf, all of the food and supplies were cleared. Afterwards, she used some leftover wallpaper from a previous project and started to apply it to the walls of the pantry.

The wallpaper she had was one with a beaded paneling pattern on it.


"When the pantry was emptied, my dad put up beadboard wallpaper for me. I helped a little by smoothing out the occasional air bubble. I already had a roll of it from another project, but I did end up having to buy 1 more roll for $15 so we could finish the top of the pantry. While he was wallpapering, I did touch up our shelves with paint," said Emily in her post.

The next step was installing the carousels that were designed and made by Emily's father. These could have been easily substituted with store-bought lazy Susans, but her father wanted to make ones to perfectly match the size of her shelves. These ones are 20 inches in diameter.

Using the base as a guide, Emily drilled out holes in the shelves for the carousels to be attached.

The results were amazing. All that was left to do was put everything back in an organized fashion.

Here we see the completed room with everything put back. However, instead of simply putting everything back as it was, Emily embraced the opportunity to do things a little bit differently.

After making a trip to her local Ikea and Wal-Mart, Emily returned with a few new containers to help keep her shelves looking great. The large ones were purchased from Wal-Mart for about $6 each, while the rest ranged from $2 to $6 at Ikea.

To make the labels, Emily wrote, “I bought some Cricut vinyl for $9, cut out pieces with those squiggly scissors (sorry, I know they have a real name but I forgot), then used the chalk pens (bought at Michael’s) to write my label with."


Her pasta and beans look great in these resealable glass jars.

Those skinny containers are great for storing cereal and loose snacks that don't come in resealable packaging.

With all her canned goods on the carousels, she'll never have to struggle with reaching to the back of the shelves again.

Looking at the pantry now, it looks like a photo from a completely different home. To learn more about this project, be sure to check out her original post here.

Via: NX2 | Decorchick!

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