I have been wanting to do a pantry makeover for so long! So when we moved into this house and I finally had an actual pantry to do that with, I was over the moon!!! So we’re going to talk all things sources on this post!!! I’ll have another one under the DIY tab to teach you how to wallpaper! Let’s jump in because there is a lot!
Before I bought anything or started taking everything out of my pantry I sat down and wrote out a game plan. I searched ideas on the IG and Pinterest. Once I knew what look I was going for I got to work researching the cheapest, without sacrificing quality, containers. I quickly noticed that The Container Store had the best selection and the best prices. Yes even over Amazon. I then went through my pantry and wrote down EVERYTHING that was in there. This honestly is the least fun part. Go figure. I even wrote a few notes next to certain items that I had problems with. For example my kids basically live on granola bars. But I was SO sick of picking up granola bars that had fallen on the floor, or empty boxes etc. So I knew I needed to eliminate as much packaging on them as I could. This helped me in finding the proper container for them to meet my goal. Pretty soon I had a really good list of items and what problems in storing those items I had. Next was measuring my space. I measured all of my shelves making sure I noted the depth so I didn’t buy any containers that would over hang. This also helped me calculate how much wallpaper I needed. You can find a wallpaper calculator here. I also encourage you to browse the wallpaper on this site because it’s perfection and incredibly affordable. Once you’ve done this your ready to move on to purchasing!!
I knew that I wanted something BOLD in this small space. Something that would really give it some pop. So when Classy Clutter came out with their wallpaper options, I knew that was the one! I picked it because it was a small repeating pattern, making it easy to match up in the wallpaper process if I needed it to. It also has a deep green in some parts of the leaves, which finalized my decision. I will be painting my kitchen cabinets a deep green later this summer, so having that cohesiveness was a must for me. It has a door, but if it were open I still wanted it to feel like a part of the space. Not an after thought.
Isn’t it just dreamy!? You can purchase your own roll here. Bonus it is on sale right now!!!
Before I dive too deep into this section I wanted to give you guys a heads up! The Container Store is currently having a 25% off sale on a lot of the items I will be linking!
I knew that I wanted to use lazy susans in the corners so I could maximize on using my space. Plus its the perfect way to store sauces and bottles. These were the only products that I bought from Amazon.
On the bottom shelf I knew that I wanted to have the boys snacks easily accessible especially for my 2 year old. I decided on getting these large glass jars with metal lids to put all of our crackers or cookies in. I got 2 of the 1.5 Gal jars and 1 2qt jar. They have been my favorite pieces!!
Multipurpose bins are largely the biggest contributor to the pantry. I wanted a large box that was clear so I could see what was in them. It needed to hold large boxes of pasta or large chip bags. These have been heaven sent! I ended up getting 5 XL Multipurpose Bins for chips, pasta, baking items, cake mixes and boxed dinners. 1 Large Multipurpose Bin for microwave popcorn bags. 1 Medium Multipurpose Bin for boxed broth and 1 small Multipurpose Bin for all those granola bars.
My next big obstacle was how to store my canned food. I have seen many people store their cans on a tiered shelving unit. But I have a lot of canned food and didn’t want to devote all of my space to store them. So I went a more compact route with these wire can racks. I have really enjoyed them and they have saved me on space. I ended up purchasing 5 of these bad boys.
I’m a huge love of hot air popcorn but storing all the bottles of kernels was the biggest pain! So I decided why not display them in a pretty container!? Which is when I found this plastic little number! Its so fun to pour my kernels into the hot air popper.
I have always hated storing paper plates or plastic utensils. I hate that the plastic around them just remains open as you try to finish the pack off. My packs of paper plates always looked messy and out of control and heaven forbid if they fell. Which is why I got that acrylic magazine sleeve!!! It’s narrow and my plates and extra utensils fit in there perfectly!!! You can see it in the top left of the above picture. It has made me feel so tricky!
I like to keep a few extra rolls of paper towels and ziploc bags in the pantry and the remainder gets stored out in the storage room in the garage. But I didn’t necessarily want to see these items all the time. So I opted for a white container instead of a clear container and they have done that trick! I purchased 2 large white bins. I then needed something that had low sides but could still hold enough fruit snacks to satisfy my 2 year olds addiction. I opted for 1 small bin. Which you can also see in the above picture.
I buy things in bulk because a lot of the time it saves my large family money. So I knew I needed a large container to store all of our pancake mix, oatmeal and rice. But they needed to be air tight. Enter these cute little numbers. I got 1 in the 4qt size for our pancake mix and 2 in the 2.5qt for the rice and oatmeal!
I used to buy the cereal in the giant bags. Because my kids would eat it like it was going to disappear soon. Now they suddenly resent cereal… can’t imagine why. So I opted to buy smaller cereal containers to fit a normal sized box instead of a gigantic bag! These are air tight and will keep your cereal from getting stale. Which was another problem because no one could manage to close the bag. The nerve.
Under the bottom shelf with my boys snacks I store my bulk flour and sugar. I HATED trying to wrestle a giant bag to pour most of it on the floor while trying to get some in my smaller container to bake with. I mean, I can’t be the only one. These bad boys are big enough to hold like a lot of flour or sugar. I’ve never filled them all the way. But a 25lb bag fits with lots of room. They are air tight so no worries about bugs or the like! These I actually purchased in October of last year from Wayfair. Bonus they are on sale right now!! Catch a glimpse of these in the first picture under my glass containers.
Along with my wallpaper I also purchased some pantry labels from the Classy Clutter shop! I love that you can choose from different colors and they are an actual sticker. Not vinyl that takes all your will power to apply. I also found another shop on etsy that I plan on using to finish ordering labels from since they are customizable!
Lets Get Working
Now for the hard work!! I started by pulling everything out of my pantry and grouping it in like items on the counters.
Honestly this part was a little bit overwhelming. There was so much stuff in there but it also gave me some relief to see a clean slate and what I was working with.
I then wiped off all the shelves and encourage you to give it a quick refresh on paint if they need it. Mine were done a few months prior so I skipped this step. You’ll be amazed at what a little paint can do!
Next step is to apply your wallpaper. I won’t go too in depth into this because I have another post coming on how to wallpaper. But don’t be afraid to do it. They have wallpaper that you get wet and apply to the wall, that is what I used, or there is peel and stick wallpaper. It’s literally a giant sticker. Both of which come off of the wall just as easy as it is to apply it.
The final step is to put all your food into their designated containers. Follow your list and organize them in a manner on the shelves that makes the most sense for the space and needs of your family. I waited to label mine for about a week. That way if I wanted to move anything or swap out containers then I had that option and wasn’t married to my first choice. Going through and labeling after will give you that sense of self accomplishment!!
That about covers it!!! I need to order a few more containers for my spaghetti sauces and hot chocolate and a few randos. But for now I’m satisfied! I love it so much and plan on upgrading the light fixture later this summer after I get a better feel for how I want my kitchen to look. So I’ll leave you with a couple hot tips.
Hot Tip #1:
Remove as much packaging as possible. I am blown away at how much room I actually have in a before cramped pantry!! It has also helped me keep it more clean with my kids getting in it multiple times a day.
Hot Tip #2:
If after filling up your container you still have some food left in the package just store it behind your container. I have done that in several areas in my pantry.
Hot Tip #3:
If you are worried about getting rid of packaging because it has the instructions for how to cook said item. Then cut the instructions out and tape them to the back of the container.
Do you feel ready and inspired to go start your own pantry makeover!? I hope so!!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!