Walk In Pantry Makeover

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Hello! When we moved into our new custom home in December of 2017, I knew I wanted to have a pretty walk in pantry. Well, we got everything except for the pretty. 🙂 It had the standard wire shelves and they worked fine, but were far from impressive. When we built our home, I chose a french door to the pantry and a pretty chandelier because I knew we would eventually add wooden shelves and not only make it more functional for our family, but also pretty. Well, that time has come!

Let’s start with the before (iPhone photo’s…sorry). Again, pretty standard. Not horribly embarrassing, but definitely didn’t deserve a glass french door for a peek inside. Lol And a chandelier in a space with wire shelves? I’m a dork, a fancy one. Ps. Now I think I want to change out the light. I’m thinking an oversized white milk glass school house pendant.

The Pantry Before

wire shelves pantry

I contacted a local contractor who is also a family friend and he executed what I described perfectly! I’m very visual, so I generally show 8-10 photos from Pinterest of a “a little of this, and a little of that” and try to be very specific and descriptive for the look I want to achieve. My husband will usually sketch what I am describing and our contractor nailed it. 🙂

Pantry makeover with subway tile, white wooden shelves, butcher block countertop and glass front refridgerator

I mean, it’s relatively simple. I wanted our pantry to have painted white wooden shelves, a glass front fridge, subway tile, a cubbie for baskets and a butcher block countertop. Our pantry is 7.5 feet deep and the glass front fridge is about 18″ in depth, but needs to be out 5″ from the wall for proper ventilation. So our contractor made the depth of the butcher block countertop 23″. The upper shelves are 10″ deep as well as the side shelving.

open shelves in pantry, white subway tile
Glass front fridge, storage baskets and subway tile

Glass Front Refrigerator

Now, my organization skills in pretty containers are limited because I need expiration dates. I absolutely love the look of glass containers to hold our food, but they usually don’t hold Pringles and cans of Spaghettio’s. Ok, fine- we like snacks around here. Lol

white wooden pantry shelves to store food and decorative items
walk in pantry with shelves, glass front refrigerator, countertop and subway tile

I feel like our walk in pantry actually looks bigger than before! I added a rug, wooden boxes and step stool from HomeGoods. The wooden boxes hold our garbage bags, saran wrap, tin-foil…etc. Eventually I’ll get baskets that all match, but for now I’m just using what we already have.

I admit my styling of food isn’t glamorous, but it’s functional. The pantry is also used to store crock pots and strainers along with seasonal floral decor and glass pitchers. My favorite are the glass front fridge, countertop and subway tile! It’s nice to have a dedicated fridge for just beverages. I told my husband we should get rid of the one in the garage now, but I don’t think he agrees.

Pantry countertop
countertop styling in pantry
walk in pantry with a french door

I love it, I really do. Walking into this pantry just makes me happy and I generally leave the door wide open now. I do think I will replace the light fixture (I need something brighter anyway) to better suit the style of the room, but for now I am calling this pantry done!

2 thoughts on “Walk In Pantry Makeover

  1. Love it! What a great idea to put the fridge in there. The solid shelving is so much more attractive and useful than the wrapped wire. Great job…. as usual!

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