Friday, February 19, 2010

Kitchen Pantry Inspiration

I wanted to catch y'all up on our Kitchen Makeover.

I am SO EXCITED (squeeee!!!) that I will have a new kitchen in just about 2 more weeks!!

We still have to deal with plumbers, drywall, patching, painting, & removing the old cabinets all ourselves before any new cabinets can go in. Oh, and finish unpacking all of our moving boxes still in the garage so the company can have a place to store our new cabinets till they are installed. Which means completely re-configuring our storage room in the basement with new shelves I bought like 2 months ago and haven't done anything with yet.

All within less than 2 weeks.
I'll be eating a DQ Blizzard as therapy now...
....I'm really not kidding. Ice cream can work wonders.
Now why can't I seem to lose those last 10 pounds??
Hmmm ;)...

Well, to keep my mind off of the work ahead of me today :), I thought you'd like to see
one of my favorite things about our new kitchen:

The Pantry

This (above) is the current "before" pantry.
This pic was actually taken before we moved in. The pantry is somewhat functional, but very very very BLAH.

Since you see this pantry space from the front entry and the living room too, it really needed to look as lovely as possible!

Enter inspiration photos:

See that circled built-in cabinet above?
That was my inspiration for our new pantry!
Isn't she pretty?!!

Our new house doesn't have much going for it in terms of "character".
This nest needed some built-in loveliness to make her really sing!

I love how our new pantry will look like a built-in furniture piece, like how gorgeous old homes have built-in china cabinets or butler's pantries.

Here's the line drawing of our new pantry to give you a rough idea of what she'll look like!

Glass front doors on top will hold beautiful baskets with extra dishes or baking items, or pasta, for example.

The plate rack below will be both decorative and functional.

The drawer will be holding small snacks, perfect for school, after-school, or on-the-go munching!
My other idea for the drawer would be to hold placemats and napkin rings to make setting the table a snap!

The lower cabinet will have roll out shelves for cereal & breakfast items, and chips, along with kids' dishes and cups (so they can easily help themselves).

I've already been purchasing a few goodies for getting the new pantry organized!
I can't wait!!!

Keep checking out the Kitchen Makeover area on my right sidebar to see what progress we're making over the next 2 weeks!

Do you have any tips for organizing your pantry you'd like to share with us in the comments?
What would your dream pantry look like?


Melissa Miller said...

Stacey I can't wait for the beautiful and big *reveal*!

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Angie said...

I'm sure it is all going to be fabulous! Can't wait to see it!

Jill said...

Stacey, Oh, it is my 'dream' to do a new kitchen from start to fun! Thanks for your nice comments today, it meant alot! Can't wait to watch your progress over the next couple weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend.
xo Jill

Darlene said...

Oh WOW it is going to be GORGEOUS!!! I can't wait to see. Hope you have a great weekend.♥

Donatella said...

looking forward to seeing your new kitchen... how exciting!!

myletterstoemily said...

it's going to be beautiful and functional.


put the things you use rarely at the very
top. put canned soups and veggies together,
canned fruits together, baking canned good
separate the starches, etc.

if things are grouped together then it will
always look pretty when open and your
kids will know where to put groceries


LuLu said...

Love your idea. Can't wait to see it all done,

jenjen said...

Wow - that is going to be gorgeous! I can't wait to see it!!!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Stacey, thank you for stopping by! I am continually out of time to visit like I want to & miss so much. I hope you are settled into your new home and enjoying it a lot. Love your new rug & what a great plan for your pantry. Sounds very neat!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I cant wait to see....yipee!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Stacey,
Love the look of your new pantry and can't wait to see the finished product, it will definitely add some character to your home. Can't wait to see the new kitchen either.
Will pray the Lord organizes you and helps you make the best use of your time, that is a lot of work to get done in 2 weeks.
Blessings, Nellie

brown paper packages said...

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! This is my first time to your blog too, and I love it!

southerninspiration said...

Oh, girl, that is going to look wonderful!!! I am so excited for you that you are moving in on finish day! How exciting!


Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Love the design you came up with! I can't wait to see it together. We still are in our kitchen remodel at the you feel like me and wonder if it will ever all come back together?! lol I love all that you are doing...such great style!

Hugs to you friend,

Shannon said...

That will look so good! I can't wait to see it!

Elizabeth said...

i'm not sure how i found your blog, but i just wanted to say your kitchen is looking fab! we have been renovating our kitchen since august....we are almost finished....well, we're starting to see the light now. looking forward to seeing your 'after'

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi, Stacey! Thanks for the visit. :) I love your inspiration and I can't wait to see how it all turns out. It will be functional and fabulous. :)

Cheryl said...

Hey there!
Good to see you posting. Figured you were under lots of boxes and knee deep in kitchen reno and sometime soon you would wow us with an after pic.
Love the idea of the new pantry. I too like the furniture look. It gives the kitchen a little bit of character and not so cookie cutter like most newly built homes. Sounds lovely and looking forward to the big reveal.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh how exciting for you! Looks like you are in for a great pantry future. I know you will enjoy organizing it the way it works best for you. Looking forward to the finish!


ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

From blah to beautiful! Can't wait to see it all done! The inspiration is stunning. I love that you have all the organization figured out already!!