You guys. I did it! I can’t believe I finally did it. What I kept putting off – for years – I conquered in less than three days.
I also happened to whip our completely unorganized and ‘scary-messy’ kitchen pantry into serious shape, for less than $300.
I am in such awe and feel like the heaviest weight has been lifted off of my shoulders! I’m not kidding one bit…talk about liberating and feeling so good about something!
I organized, purged, painted, hunted down the best items to pull this off. Literally, a pantry makeover.
I’m so excited to share this with you, so please, without further ado – let’s open that pantry door!
Kitchen Pantry Makeover
Affiliate links are provided in this post for your shopping convenience – while I make a small commission on these items, it’s no extra cost to you! Ah… but first…a reminder of the before. Rows deep of ugly boxes and expired packages. Plastic bags floating around. Piles of items stashed into the corners, and just a plain old-fashioned hot mess.
If you read my post last week, I walked you through this pantry and talked all about the stress and anxiety (no joke!) it has given me for years. You can read all about it and get a closer look right here. I had put this project off for so long, thinking it would be a ton of work and too much money to spend. I just didn’t want to spend $500+ on this little pantry, especially since I really couldn’t stand it.
Well, let me tell you, since taking this on with serious conviction and no looking back, I am a new woman! Had I known it would be this easy and feel so great, I never would have waited this long.
Newly Organized Kitchen Pantry
And here is my newly organized kitchen pantry.
Baskets, wire shelves, glass jars, and the best part for this type of pantry, the door organizer. It was the biggest investment, at $110.00, I purchased it from Canadian Tire (and have similar ones linked further down).
It is a life changer and allows me to keep the shelves clutter-free. I removed the boxes off the shelves that I couldn’t empty into jars, and gave them their own designated area.
No more random box sizes floating all over. Almost everything else you see here is from the dollar store. Yes, the dollar store.
You wouldn’t believe what you can find there – items that you can pay three and four times the amount for, in other stores. My cylindrical glass containers, tall pasta containers, and the small size baskets are all from there.
In case you’re wondering where the plastic bags and reusable shopping bags are from the ‘before’ shot, my oversized ‘bread-crock’ jar is housing the plastic and the reusable ones are on the very top shelf (not pictured).
We keep our weekly shopping bags out in the garage. I like the idea of the uniform look, so I purchased a plethora of these jars with metal lids in different sizes, to hold:
- goldfish crackers, and more
I’ll even most probably buy more of them, because I love their look, and I sill have plenty of room on this shelf if I need to add more.
The large ones were $3 each, the 2 medium sizes were $2.50 and $2.00 and the smallest size was $1.25.
If you look at the back of the shelves, the tall pasta containers, which happen to match my large bread-crock jar on the top shelf, were $4 each.
I spent a grand total of $66.75. For less than $70, this shelf looks like a million bucks ;)We added a half-depth shelf at the very top, to house items I don’t use often.
Simple MDF (medium density fireboard) brackets and melamine shelves did the trick perfectly.
We happen to already have the materials, so there was no additional cost, but if you were to purchase what you’d need, it would cost around $20.
I also gave the entire pantry a fresh coat of white paint, in an eggshell finish, which I already had as well.
SHOP GLASS CONTAINERS:
He’s a smart cookie! The wire shelves at the back are perfect for taking advantage of the depth and the height of the shelves.
I purchased them for $7 each at Canadian Tire as well, totaling $28.
I love the use of the space underneath the wire shelves, and I have more of my small glass jars housed inside the baskets.
Find the solutions that work for your needs to have a pantry that functions for you.
SHOP VINTAGE INSPIRED JARS:
They were another small splurge at $20 each, also from Canadian Tire, for a total of $40. Open chip bags and extra cereal boxes now have a pretty and organized home.
Again, because of the depth of the pantry, (about 23″), I used the floor behind the baskets as well as on the sides, for the larger items that I don’t need or want to have visible.
Clearing the clutter keeps me sane and stress-free. What a therapeutic exercise this has been! There you have it – my fully organized kitchen pantry for a total of $284.75.
From top to bottom we purged and kept only the necessities (including m&m’s), added shelving and yes, a place for everything and everything in its place.
I am so happy and ready for my next organizing adventure.
SHOP FLOOR BASKETS:
The functional spaces in our home need to be pretty and organized, in order to function well, and I think I’ve mastered this one. I hope you found this useful and inspiring, to go and tackle those eyesores behind closed doors.
I never imagined a simple little pantry makeover could bring so much happiness ;) Tell me what you think in the comments below!
Did you find it useful and are you ready to take on the challenge and get your spaces overhauled? You can totally do this and as you can see, it doesn’t need to cost a whole lot either. xo