Saturday, January 24, 2015

Redoing the Pantry

Now-You-See-It, Now-You-Don't Pantry

This homeowner created kitchen storage out of thin air. Here’s how to create your own rolling pantry.

Space-saving can storage next to refrigerator
Mallory of Classy Clutter fit a rolling pantry in the 6-inch space between her refrigerator and wall. All images in this post: Classy Clutter
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Finding hidden storage in the kitchen is always a treat. That’s why we’re sharingClassy Clutter’s rolling pantry, which gives slivers of space new purpose.

Mallory (half of the Classy Clutter team) built the portable pantry to fit the 6-inch space between her refrigerator and wall — a common underused place in many kitchens.

The neat thing about this project is that it’s adjustable. You can make it as big or small as you need. And it’s totally DIYable if you have basic skills with a drill, hammer, and screwdriver.

Here’s what else you’ll need:
  • Wood boards — Mallory used primed pine (about $15 per foot for 1-inch-by-4-inch)
  • Dowels to hold cans in place ($1.50 for 1/2-inch-by-4 feet)
  • Sheet of beadboard (75 cents per square foot)
  • 4 casters ($3 each)
  • Handle or pull
Mallory has construction details, plus a handy diagram on her post about the project. Her rolling pantry was 64 inches high and 31.5 inches wide, and she only needed seven shelves. (Nine were on the plan.)

The other cool thing with this project is that you can jazz it up as much as you want. Mallory wanted the pantry to match her kitchen décor, so she spray-painted a blue-green chevron design on it, which made a really nice background for spices and soup cans.

Mallory says she got the idea on Pinterest. (We’ve been collecting other great ideas on our Perfect Pantry Projects page on Pinterest.)

But don’t forget to check out the other pantry makeover contenders:
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lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon
is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

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