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Hey friends! Today I am going to share with you my Simple Small Pantry Update that I made this week! When we bought our house, one of my biggest concerns was the fact that my kitchen only has is a small closet for a pantry. In the 10 years and 4 houses that I’ve lived in with my husband, this pantry is literally 1/4 of the size of all the rest. I thought I would HATE it — so much that I would need to figure something out! But, somehow over the last 2 years I have actually grown to love it. I don’t over buy groceries and it’s much harder to “lose” items and have them go bad. You are forced to keep it organized, or else you just run out of space and it becomes a mess. You just start stuffing items wherever there is room. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, cause it helps you make sure it stays clean! My pantry had gotten to that point and I knew it was time to pull everything out, give it a good cleaning and a small update. Here are the before pictures:
It wasn’t too bad, but it had hit the point where it wasn’t becoming functional and I found people weren’t sure where to put things, so they would just set stuff wherever there was a free spot. First step, empty and clean! I was so shocked with how beat up my shelves were. We will have been in this house 2 years next month. I didn’t think we were that gross! Hehe! This picture was even taken after I cleaned them!
As much as I love some good organization, I just didn’t feel it necessary to label every bin and basket. Our pantry is small enough that everyone should be able to remember where things go, as long as it is cleaned and organized! I really just wanted to make it more functional! There were 4 things that I did this update:
- Paint the edges of the shelves a fun accent color! The main color in my house is a blue. So, I chose a blue just a shade darker then the color in my kitchen rugs! It adds a fun pop of color and helps make the pantry not look so boring! Plus, it was super easy! I didn’t even need to tape them off, I just used a roller brush!
- Cover the Shelves with Easy Liner® with Clorox® by Duck®: My shelves have only 2 years of wear and tear and yet they were still pretty beat up and dinged! I knew that I needed to protect them. Plus, the new shelf liner, Easy Liner® with Clorox® has antimicrobial protection on the liner to prevent the growth of odor-causing mold and mildew. Which you know will be nice with all my littles getting food in and out of the pantry!
It’s super easy to install! Just cut to size and lay right down on the shelf! It has a solid grip, so it naturally grabs the shelf and stays in place!
- Get more organizational bins, shelves and trays! When everything has a place, it is more likely that your pantry will stay clean and organized! I added a few bins and moved around the few shelves I had to make it more functional. I also got these skinny bins, for my gravies, nuts, seasonings, etc!
- Added a chalkboard sign to help my kiddos know what snacks are on hand! Anyone else get tired of hearing, “I want a snack! What is there?” out of their little ones mouths? Plus, it added a little touch of decor!
The whole makeover only took a few hours! The longest part was waiting for the paint to dry! If I had to do it again, I would clean out the pantry at night, paint the edges of the shelves and let is dry over night. That way you can put everything back into the pantry first thing in the morning! But, honestly, either way it was quick! I have loved having my shelfs lined the best! They clean so easy and stay in place so well! I highly suggest you check them out!
All and all I love the makeover! And I have gotten quite a few compliments on the painted edges of the shelves!