Almost five years ago, I made over my pantry
by removing the deep wire shelving and replacing with wrap
Today, I did it again in my new home and I love it!
It's been on my to-do list ever since we moved in.
This is what I started with... ugh.
I didn't even pretend to straighten it up before taking a photo.
I'm so over this
deep, constantly messy, can't find anything,
Just like my last pantry makeover, I started by removing the
wire shelving, patching the holes and adding touch up paint.
I was having a time getting the Closet Maid wire shelf anchors out
of the wall but found that a tiny flat head screwdriver helped
pry the nail out just enough to be able to grab with the pliers
and remove it.
There's no way around it, if you remove these types of
anchors, you are going to be left with giant holes to patch...
but it will be worth it, I promise.
Just like last time, I bought all white pre-primed wood boards and
it's such a time saver. I got mine at Home Depot.
I did not paint over it, just used as is.
I used 1 x 2" boards to form my supports for my shelves.
I screwed into the studs where possible and of course
use a level to keep it... level ;)
I used this type of screw I found at Home Depot to
mount the 1 x 2's. You need to predrill your holes in the
wood pieces before using this screw.
I mounted the back wall supports first. Once they were in place,
it was easy to rest the level on the edge of it to level my side pieces.
Then I forgot to take more during pics, but here I'm starting to
lay the shelving boards on top of the 1 x 2 supports.
I used regular screws to attach the shelving to the 1 x 2.
At this point, the 1 x 2"s are your main support, you are
just keeping the shelves from moving around so I used
just a few screws per shelf to keep them in place.
Since you are screwing into the edge of the shelf into the
1 x 2, you definitely want to predrill your holes so the wood
won't split on the edge.
This pantry is a little different and a little larger than my last one.
On this pantry, the door swings open into the pantry,
in my old pantry, the door swung out into the room.
This means that there is no end wall for the side pieces to butt up
against like last time which gave them extra support, instead
my shelves are open-ended...
To remedy my lack of an end wall for my side shelves, I used metal mending
plates to secure the side shelves to the back shelves and it worked like a charm.
The back shelves are supported fully across the back and sides.
The side shelf is screwed into the 1 x 2 on the side and
by using the metal mending plate, it anchors it to that nice,
sturdy back shelf and helps the corners line up perfectly.
I used 12" deep shelves on the bottom two shelves, 8" deep for
the remaining shelves and 6" on the sides.
My shelves are about 13" apart.
You can always adjust the spacing or board size to fit your needs.
Looking in to the left...
Looking in to the right...
The lowdown on this makeover...
I measured before and after and calculated 21.56 square feet
with the wire shelves.
My new wrap around wood shelves measure 21.36 square feet.
I'll take being able to clearly see what I have in the pantry
over a negligible loss of space any day.
I spent a total of $127 including primed wood, screws
and mending plates for this makeover, yours could be
more or less.
$130 bucks for a lifetime of pantry happiness? yes please!
I started this project one evening by removing the wire shelving
and patching the holes so it would be ready to go the next morning.
I finished the next day and this photo shows all the same food
and items in the pantry :)
Thanks for reading about my latest pantry makeover!
or swing by the shop to see what's new.
Until next time!...