DIY pantry remodel

7 Jun

I was talking to my friend about our pantry renovation, and her response was, “You know you’ve made it in the world when you’re redoing your pantry”. Made me wonder if I should be spending that money on travel instead! But I didn’t. And now my pantry makes me feel like a queen when I do laundry (which is a lot).

Even Walter knows that linoleum isn’t classy.

So our handyman Bruce cut and laid the tile (after putting in backer board), and we grouted it. Next time we might try our hand at the tile saw too. Though that sounds like I want to cut my hands off with a tile saw.

I have always hated these wire shelves. They are cheap and everything falls over on them.

So we ripped them out.

And David cut lots of boards. We used 1x2s to frame the MDF shelves (3/4″ thick), and 1x3s behind the L-brackets for extra support.

Here I am getting cozy driving home with some trim. Which we didn’t use because 1x2s ended up looking better.

It only took a day to frame and install the shelves.


MDF soaks up primer. I had to use two coats of Zinsser. I should have primed them before we put them up.

Beautiful painted shelves! Almost done! Now just to poly the shelves and paint the rest of the pantry!

Meanwhile the kitchen has looked like this all week.

But when your pantry looks this glorious, it doesn’t matter.

When we sell the house, I think I will miss the pantry the most.

We were working so hard for so long that when we finally finished I just wanted to sit in front of the TV with a glass of wine. The power went out all night instead. But this was a cool sight to see during the storm.


2 Responses to “DIY pantry remodel”

  1. boblarkin June 7, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    Great job. Completing projects like this is very rewarding. Your blog style, delivery and personality is enjoyable. I know, I’ve told you this before, but it deserves repeating.

    • mamajohnston June 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      Bob, thank you so much! I appreciate your comments every time. I’m so glad you like reading what I write! And yeah, I’ve been spending more time than usual enjoying the new pantry, ha. I love renovation, especially DIY

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