Saturday, February 18, 2017

Modern Farmhouse Style Pantry Makeover

There are few things nicer than a newly organized space. Projects for the farmhouse were on hold for quite a while in 2016 due to needing to drop everything to write a book. The book is turned in and things are getting back to full swing and boy am I glad to have my pantry not only organized but beautiful!

I work a lot with Cost Plus World Market in a few different contexts so they agreed to partner with me to make my pantry makeover a reality. Most of the items used in this makeover can be purchased at World Market stores or on the World Market website. Check out the Shop This Project section at the bottom for links to where you can buy everything I used!


Every good makeover post needs before shots, right? If we go all the way back to my "Meet the Farmhouse" tour you can see what we had to start with:
We ripped out the gross carpet, painted the walls and put things away. We were putting our money into other parts of the house so making my pantry beautiful was not my priority. We were mostly using the jars we had from the townhouse pantry and bins from the dollar store. 

Then life happened and after a year it looked like this:
I'd almost rather post pictures of myself in a swimsuit than show you guys the ugly, cluttery parts of my house so if you have unkind things to say to me about "how could I let my house get in such a state?!?" please don't. But let's be real: I have at least one friend whose pantry also looks about like this so I'm sure I'm not alone out there with the chaotic ugly pantry. Am I right, ladies?


I feel like I can hear the angels singing!

Normally I close up the pantry but it's just so pretty to look at and it makes me happy so I've been leaving the doors open like this lately because even when my kitchen is a hot mess with dishes in the sink, my pretty pantry makes me all kinds of giddy.

Would you like a tour? Let's do it!

Bottom Shelf

Before, the floor of the pantry was a disaster zone. I had extra boxes of ziplock bags, leftover bags of bulk items, picnic supplies, and a big pile of "disposable" grocery bags that I was saving to reuse. The only thing I was really doing right was keeping the dog food put away in that pretty white trash can.

To clean it up, I got two Ellie Rolling Hampers to store both the bags and extra bulk items like the big bags of rice, baking soda and picnic supplies. I labeled them with mini metal chalkboard signs. Off to the left, I corralled extra boxes of ziplock bags in a large Sebastian crate.

Middle Shelves

It's hard to believe it's all the same stuff in the same space, right?

One of the things I was doing right before was grouping liking things together - tomato products, baking mixes, spices, smoothie mix-ins etc. The problem was that the groups were just kind of shoved together and you couldn't tell where anything was. While there was actually a logic to what went in which of the plastic dollar store bins, they weren't labeled and it was hard to tell people where to go to find things.

To get organized, I pulled EVERYTHING out. Anything we weren't probably going to eat in the next 6 months, we got rid of. Then I started grouping similar things together. Once I saw what I had a lot of, I could decide if those things made sense to display in a glass jar (like flour and sugar) or if I had a lot of smaller packages - like for baking mixes, spice packets, etc they went into a crate.

The bulk goods went into glass jars that I labeled with chalkboard labels. I wrote on them with a chalkboard pen instead of normal chalk so that the writing is more durable and won't rub off easily. 
I used four large Sebastian crates to corral smaller things like spice packets, baking mixes and more. Now everything is exactly where I need it and if I'm doing a baking project, I can just bring the whole crate into the kitchen without multiple trips back and forth to the pantry.

The crates come plain but I decided they needed a little something extra - and my husband was complaining he had no idea where anything was anymore. You can get all the details on how I personalized the crates by stenciling them here. I really love how they turned out!
The final thing I added to the baking shelf was a hardware bin lazy susan. The segmented bins are perfect for organizing small bottles and bags of baking things like flavorings, vanilla, sprinkles, food coloring and more.

Top Shelf

The top shelf was pretty straight-forward. Using the groups I told you about earlier, I figured out which things made sense to group together and then just put them in baskets. When the kids want a snack or cereal or I need smoothie ingredients, I just pull out the whole basket, grab what I need and put it back. These are the Charlotte Lined Wire Baskets from World Market. The two on the ends are the large size and the ones in the middle are the medium size. Just like the hampers, they are labeled with mini metal chalkboard signs. To make them easier to hang, I swapped out the jute cord they came with for some thinner twine and that made it easier to loop through the wire.

Thank you for popping by to go on a tour of my pantry! If you love this post, please share using the sharing bubbles on the side or bottom of your screen! If you have questions, please drop them in the comments.

Shop this project:

Items listed from top to bottom as they appear in the photo above.
Some of the links above may be affiliate links where a purchase made after clicking will support this website without costing you extra! Some items used in this project were provided by Cost Plus World Market. 

About the Author:

Carissa is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she is also the author of several books and e-books including the best-selling beverage e-cookbook, Infused: Recipes for Herb & Fruit Infused Water, Tea and More.  Her latest book, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse Publishing) will come out in May, 2017. Her goal is to empower families to make easy projects and healthier choices that are beautiful and fun! Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.
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  1. Oh, my goodness this is lovely! Great job! I'm semi working on organizing my pantry .. just re-did the flour/sugar/oatmeal containers .. will use some of your cute ideas :-)



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