Creating a Pantry

Thursday, January 18, 2018

I swear, when it comes to making some decisions related to the house, I know what I want 110% and don't give it a second thought. Then other times, I feel very certain until it's time to pull the trigger, then I second guess myself. This closet pantry conversion was one of the latter. When we first looked at the house, I mentioned using the closet as a pantry. I was still committed to that idea until one day a few weeks ago, Juston was like "Are you sure you want to make it a pantry?" "Yes...I mean, I think I'm sure. Okay, I don't know, do you think it's a bad idea?" 

Everything we are doing to this house, we're doing with short term resale in mind. I don't want to live in this town any longer than necessary. It's been my plan since I graduated college to move to the Carolinas, preferably North Carolina, raise my children there, get a job in a YMCA full time once the kids are in school. It's just a place I fell in love with many years ago and have been ready to move to ever since. But life keeps happening and we just haven't gotten there yet. So anyway, my point being, I don't want to do anything to this house that could turn off potential buyers. But we've been in this place for about four months now and all this closet has been used for is storing things that will go into the basement once it's finished, so I re-committed to my initial idea, and we converted it to a pantry tonight. 

Here's what it looked like when we started....oh look, more awful brown paint.





I painted it yesterday and it took two coats of Benjamin Moore Pale Oak to rid it of the brown. We already had the Pale Oak from using it in the majority of the main floor, so I just used up what we had left. Here it is after two dried coats of paint. 


 Juston swung by Lowe's today on his way home from work and picked up the shelves and other needed supplies. He had some really great assistants during the shelf hanging process, as you can see. 

Now here's the finished pantry before I've organized it. 



We did one high shelf that runs the length of the closet, then three shorter ones with the idea of storing the broom, mop, Swiffer, etc in the extra space leftover. I'm planning on hitting Target tomorrow morning to grab some organization bins to really get things looking good in there. We've only just tackled this project, so I'll let you know if I end up regretting it, but I think it was a good move considering you can never have enough storage space. We added a huge master closet upstairs in what was once a Bonus Room, so we just hang all of our coats and things up there. We just never did use that closet, so I feel good about it. 


In other news, aside from some pretty nagging coughs, the kids are doing so much better today after the Strep Throat and Flu last week. Caroline did wake up with a rash all over her face, back and belly today, but apparently it's not uncommon with strep throat. It doesn't bother her, and her fever is gone, plus she's still on antibiotics, so hopefully it'll be gone soon. 
These babies were feeling pretty rough for a few days, so it's such a blessing to have them acting more like themselves again. 
 

We ended up with some pretty significant snow over the last few days as well. I hated not being able to take the kids out to play in it since they weren't well. We have the perfect little sledding hill in our backyard, so I'm hoping for one more snow before winter is over so that they can enjoy it a little bit. I hate winter and cold weather, but it sure does make everything beautiful. 


I'm thinking after some serious organizing and purging to Goodwill this weekend, our next project to tackle will either be the kids bathroom, which will be a scaled back version of the complete gut we originally planned, or finishing our Master Closet, finally. Whichever direction we end up going, I'll be sure to share updates here in case anyone enjoys following along home update processes like I do.

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