Creative Pantry Solution For Small Spaces

While I have spent this past week working on some projects (but not actually finishing any) I thought it'd be a good opportunity to show off a project my sister just finished. You know how some people claim "they don't have a creative bone in their body"...well I'm pretty sure every bone...and muscle...and ligament of Emily's body is just oozing with creativity. Whether it's  painting, jewelry making, sewing, woodworking, or just general crafting, she does it! (Ok, maybe the woodworking is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the picture!)

Emily and her husband recently purchased their first home. Although they have long term plans to add on, it currently is a bit smaller than their previous home, and that means less storage space. For some people, this may seem like a deal breaker, but for Emily, it was an opportunity to let those creative juices flow!

The major kitchen dilemma is it's lacking a proper pantry, making food storage a challenge. I suggested to solve the problem by going for the  'starving artist' approach where you really only need to keep condiments and a bottle of vodka in your fridge. However, she wasn't too keen on that idea. After all, how are you supposed to host an impromptu Tuesday night dinner party if you don't have at least 20 varieties of cheeses and crackers hoarded away?! So, after analyzing the space, she determined that the mudroom, located right next to the kitchen, could double as a pantry as well. 

The goal was to go for extra storage space, yet not to let the pantry portion take over the rest of the room. She picked up this old locker from a vintage store in town for $30. 

It definitely didn't scream glamorous, but it provided the necessary shelving she was looking for.

I think I may have worn off on her a bit, because upon seeing this piece her immediate reaction was "Let's chalk paint this!" One of the great things about chalk paint is the wide variety of materials you can use it on, and metal is no exception. However, it adheres to metal a bit more streaky, so you'll probably need to apply an extra coat (she did three for this piece).

Emily settled on Graphite for the inside and Coco for the exterior. Her home is decorated in a lot of warm, earth tones so these colors complimented her color scheme well. 

She applied Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze on the handles to give them a fresh look.

Here is how the locker looked after three coats of paint. Better, but in need of some flair!

It still needed a final touch to really define it as a pantry. And what better way of doing that than straight up labeling it 'Pantry'?!

I think it's a pretty fail-safe solution! Here is how the locker (now pantry) turned out.

What you maybe can't see in this picture is not only is the outside labeled, but so is every shelf and compartment. There's really no excuse for putting the cinnamon back where the oregano belongs! This is definitely where we differ in styles. For me, if the cinnamon ends up on the same shelf as the rest of the spices, I'm calling it a good day!

It really was surprising to see how much extra space this small locker created. She even found room for miscellaneous items. 

Here you can get a better idea of the size of the Mud Room. It's compact, but efficient.

In my opinion, for $30, this is way better than anything you could buy at the store.