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 bit of a difficult 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.
I'm not gonna lie... if you remove these types of
anchors, you are going to be left with giant holes to patch.
It will be worth it, I promise!
Just like last time, I bought all white pre-primed wood boards
for the shelves as well as pre primed 1 x 2's for the supports
from Home Depot and that is such a time saver.
I bought 8 ft lengths and cut to the sizes I needed at home.
I did not paint over it, just used as is.
I spaced my shelves about 13" apart.
You can always adjust the spacing to fit your needs.
**This is a pantry with potentially heavy items like canned goods.
When attaching your 1 x 2's to the wall you must screw the majority
of your screws into the wall studs so your shelves will be super strong and sturdy.
It goes without saying you must also use a level as well when
installing your 1 x 2's... you don't want lopsided pantry shelving.
I used this type of screw I found at Home Depot to
mount the 1 x 2's.
**You must drill pilot holes in the
1 x 2 wood pieces before using this screw or you will split the wood.
I mounted the back wall 1 x 2 supports first. Once they were in place,
it was easy to rest the level on the edge of the back support to level the side 1 x 2's.
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.
After laying the shelving boards on top of the 1 x 2's, you then need to secure
them to the 1 x 2's to keep them in place. To do that, I used regular wood screws
along the back edge of each shelf to screw down into the 1 x 2 supports.
I placed my screws about 6-7 inches apart along the back of each shelf.
**Since you are screwing into the very back edge of the shelf and down into
the 1 x 2, you must predrill your holes again so the wood
won't split on the edge.
This pantry is a little different and a little larger than my last one.
In this pantry, the door swings open into the pantry,
in my old pantry, the door swung out into the room.
This means 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 on the underside to secure the side shelves to the back shelves
and it worked like a charm.
To reiterate and ease any fears or confusion on whether there is enough
support for the shelves, just remember...
The deeper back shelves are fully supported on THREE sides.
They are supported across the full length of the shelf by the back wall 1 x 2's
as well as being supported on each end by the side wall 1 x 2's.
The side shelves are only 6" deep and are supported by the side wall 1 x 2's
as well as being anchored to the (supported on 3 sides) back shelf
with the metal mending plates. The metal mending plates also
serve to help the corners line up perfectly.
And as mentioned. all shelves are then screwed into the 1 x 2's
that have been securely screwed into your wall studs! :)
I used 12" deep shelves on the bottom two back shelves,
8" deep for the remaining back wall shelves and 6" on the sides.
Looking in to the left...
Looking in to the right...
The lowdown on this makeover...
I've gotten so many emails about my previous pantry makeover
from people worried they will lose space. In my last makeover
I felt I had gained space but had not measured before and after so
I didn't know for sure.
This time, I measured the wire shelf space before I removed them
and calculated I had 21.56 square feet of shelf space.
The after measurements with my new wrap around
wood shelves measure 21.36 square feet.
So it's practically the same but you will feel like you have more
space simply because you can see everything.
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 for this makeover including primed wood,
screws and mending plates, yours could be
more or less. My pantry is 33"w x 34" deep to where
the door swings in and a 9ft ceiling.
$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 so these before and after photos
show the exact 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!...