Pantry Remodel

pantry 1pantry 2For years we have lived with a cramped pantry, with sharp corner angles that did not properly accommodate two rectangle five shelf storage racks.   Walking space was always lacking and any large storage items ended up blocking the narrow aisle and making the pantry not user friendly.  This year we decided to tile the pantry and I was tasked with customizing shelving and storage baskets so we can maximize our home storage.   With only the bi-weekly downtown winter markets to prepare for, winter is the best time for me to tackle this kind of project.

I started the project by screwing 1×4  pine boards to the walls and I built 30 wooden shelf supports.

pantry 3I then used 1x 8 and 1×6 boards cut to match the corner angles for the shelves.pantry 4pantry 6

pantry 9I decided to build five shelves approximately 15 inches apart.  I then built above a crawl space adding three additional small shelves.  We plan to use the crawl space for water storage.

pantry 7pantry 8pantry 10I then screwed three 1×3 pine boards as supports for my customized hanging storage baskets.

pantry 11These wall hanging baskets are removable to allow for easier access to the crawl space water storage.  These baskets are great to keep the floor clear and the hardware cloth allows for great air flow for produce storage such as potatoes and onions.

I sanded the shelving and applied a coat of varnish on all the wood surfaces.  The project cost about a hundred and fifty dollars in materials and a few nights work.   I am also using my portable french market basket for additional produce storage as well as a cover for the entrance to the crawl space.    I have additional closet shelves to tackle in the next few months.   All in all I am pleased with the results and look forward to filling the pantry with next years produce bounty.

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About urbancompostsystems

I am a retired law enforcement officer who is an avid gardener. I have a compost bin business named Urban Compost Systems. I believe strongly in the concept of growing healthy food and I utilize chickens and redworms in my "compost system". The only ingredients that I need from outside my system are leaves in the fall and some supplemental grass clippings from neighbors. I make hundreds of gallons of compost in my four bin system. I thoroughly enjoy the summer bounty I get from my yard and I take great pride in knowing that I am using my yardwaste to make healthy compost for my yard.
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8 Responses to Pantry Remodel

  1. Drew says:

    Nice to see a new post. I am interested in composting. Look forward to talking with you some time in the spring. ~Drew

    • Thanks Drew….It has been awhile since my last post. Glad you want to delve into composting. I sold a bin last week which surprised me for this time of the year as most people are hibernating. Let me know when you want to get started and I will make sure you have success. Thanks for reading the blog. Scott

  2. Marilyn says:

    hi Scott. the pantry looks lovely and practical! great job…Happy New Year! Marilyn

  3. Tom McCoy says:

    Very nice…I went out to check on my bees a few days ago and noticed that they had cleaned out the hive of dead bees. Dead bees were scattered on the snow in front of the hive…about a dozen or so. Hopefully this year they will survive the winter.

  4. Tom McCoy says:

    I went out Saturday and put my ear to the hive and they were “humming” loud enough I could hear it plainly with my not so good hearing. I will be interested to see how your extra insulation works. Can they get out on nice days?

    • Hey Tom,I went out and looked at the hive entrance a couple of days ago and I had dead bees by the entrance.  My insulation is on three sides with the front open for them to come and go but I don’t think they have ventured out.  I think the insulation may keep them from knowing it is warm outside.  I plan to start feeding in February so will see when I open the top box to put in the feeder.  I should have installed the feeder last fall but forgot so I need to pick a really nice day to mess around with that.Scott

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