Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I Didn't Have A Pantry, So I Got One

All of you, you super-terrific readers, have heard that we rent.  We really like where we live and would like to buy a home soon, but for now, we're pretty happy.

But, as it happens with renting, if there is something you don't like, you pretty much have to deal with it.  For example, we don't have a dishwasher.  So, we weep nightly over our dish-pan hands wash the dishes.  For today's project, there was something we could do.

Cabinet space is at a premium and I don't think I've ever confessed to all of you that the husband is a gadget-hoarder.  For reals.  This doesn't limit itself and so we have more kitchen gadgets than an entire state needs.  Since I prefer cabinet space for actual FOOD, we had a problem.

I found a multi-purpose cabinet at Lowe's.
While I was at the store picking this thing up, someone was saying, "Oh, $108? What a good price!" and I, being the eternal cheapskate Thrifty Girl said, "Really? Do you know what else I have to spend $108 on?"  It's possible that since there was no coupon to use, I was a cranky-pants.  At any rate, I spent the money (while silently sobbing) and hauled that sucker out of the store.

The assembly was easy and I put some pretty fabric on the back, as per usual...

And I set about filling up the new cabinet-turned-pantry.  Am I the only one who was keeping the spices in the cabinet above the stove?  I kept it there because that's where my mother kept it... but I am not tall enough to reach up there and when I ask the hubs to help, he starts bragging about how tall he is and I want to smack him with the parsley.

I've gotten off-topic.

I used the tiered shelves I got at Walmart a bazillion years ago and put the spices right where I can see them.


I made a shelf for salty snacks...

And a shelf for cereals (no judgement, we have a high-fructose corn syrup deficiency in our house)...

I stuck a cheap little dry erase board on the inside of the door for writing stuff to stick on the grocery list.  I have another project lined up to replace this that will be so much cuter and organized, but this will do for now.

And I even put a command hook on the top of the inside for wreath-hanging.  I have a cute wreath hanging on it now, but I have a tutorial for it so I won't show it just now.

Look, it hurt to spend the $108.  I'm not saying it didn't... but I freed up a small cabinet and one large one, which really makes the cost hurt less.  And I can reach the seasonings without certain bragging husbands WHO SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS.

Thanks for all your well-wishes last week... I was so miserably sick but getting emails from my most awesome readers was really uplifting.  I love all of you bunches!

Thrifty Crafty Girl


  1. I believe that now it's so much better and organized! Good for you!
    Love, Olga
    P.S.: I'm now following you also via Bloglovin' so I won't miss a thing! Hope we keep in touch!

  2. Sweet! Looks good, can't wait for the wreath!

  3. I don't know if you will see this. I don't have a blog and don't know how they work. I have been looking at your blog and LOVE you! you really made me laugh and gave me some great ideas!!! (here comes the but) But in your pantry why did you put your spices on the shelf if it is too low to put something under it.... why not just put them on the shelf???? It only makes them higher!!!! Just saying..... If you do get this (which would make me so happy! I'm a stay at home mom, don't get to talk to adults! hehe) anyway my e-mail is tgrice@frontiernet.net thanks xoxo jill
    I have to post anonymous because I don't know what the other options mean! sorry.....

  4. Try inexpensive turntables in your pantry! So much easier to keep organized!

  5. Would you be willing to post a picture of it in your kitchen? I would love to see what it looks like among other kitchen items. I'm a very visual person and apparently not with a creative mind tonight. Thanks in advance :)


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