...because home doesn't happen overnight.

It’s Feature Friday!  On Fridays, I’ll be featuring one room in my house in its current condition even if there are some things I’d like to change about it.  If I do happen to improve something later, I can always revisit it when the time comes.  Plus, I’d kinda feel dishonest if I only focused on “finished” rooms in my house.  And if what they (the professionals) say is true, a room is never really finished anyways…you’re always tweaking it.  Concentrating on just one room weekly should give me some time to tidy it up a bit, too.  At least, I can throw all the toys into another room!

This week’s feature room is my pantry.  For a ‘room’, it’s small; for a pantry, it’s big.  At least, to me.  It’s right off the dining area and can be entered through this chalkboard door that I painted here.


Somehow, it’s turned into our “I’m Thankful For…” door.  On a whim, we scribble down things that we’re especially thankful for.  It’s nice.  Sometimes I forget it’s there and guests will giggle under their breath at the dining table.  Usually it’s because of something they’ve read on our pantry door – or maybe it’s my cooking? 

This is what lies beyond the door…

The wall to the left holds food items.  I have them separated into baskets by genre per say.

I also added a detachable wire shelf to the bottom that holds diapers, wipes and such.  No more running upstairs to grab a diaper while a naked toddler awaits downstairs.

The back wall of the pantry houses everything from potatoes to batteries to the kids’ crayons.  A few empty baskets await any new items in need of a home.

A round metal tub keeps an overstock of toilet paper and paper towels ready for quick dispensing.

Another shelf added to the bottom stores paper and plastic bags.

The right-hand wall of the pantry is used for hanging items such as a master calendar, reusable shopping bags, aprons, and a broom.

We also park our vacuum and the kids’ large dry erase board against this wall.

This teeny room packs big function and allows our kitchen cabinets to remain relatively food-free (except for some spices, oils and baking supplies located closer to the oven).  Since we open and close the pantry door at least 4,288 times a day, we decided to paint the pantry walls the same color as the dining area to keep things cohesive.  I’m glad we did because if either of our boys get in there, it’s a good bet the door will be left open.

Next week, you’ll find out what’s on the other side of the pantry.  Wanna hint?  It’s another small room.



Ok I got pantry envy! I am in love with it ! It’s so organized and pretty! Where did you get your baskets ? :)


You’re very fortunate to have such a large small room to use as your pantry. I’ve got a decent sized cupboard, but it definitely doesn’t allow for parking of a vacuum or all the lovely baskets of overstock. Well done! Love the chalkboard thankfulness door. We should all be so on top of counting our blessings. :)


I would love a pantry. I LOVE yours and how organized it you have it. Thanks for sharing your home pics! I love your style.


Michelle – I picked up the majority of the baskets from JoAnn Fabric when they were having a 50% sale. The green canvas bins and the silver metal bins are from Target. I measured all my shelves, took the measurements and a tape measure with me to the stores and basically grabbed up every basket that would fit my shelves.


Can you please tell me the names of the gray paints you used in your home? I have been trying for months now to get the perfect shade :-)


Laura – The lighter gray used in the main living space (family room, sunroom, dining area, kitchen, pantry) is Valspar (Lowe’s) Bonsai. The powder room is one shade darker, Magic Spell. Our living room at the front of the house is Lowe’s Earth Elements line in Dry Riverbed…it’s a tad muddier than the grays at the back of the house. We absolutely love all of them.

[…] the other side of my pantry, lies the only bathroom on the main floor…the powder room.  It’s painted one shade […]


So I know you posted this a while ago, but I LOVE you pantry. That’s one of the next projects on my to-do list. My pantry is teeny tiny compared to yours, though. You have a lovely home. Congrats!


Love the way you organized your pantry. Beautiful. So neat and clean looking. Again, you have great ideas!! Kaho


Where did you get the pantry shelving?


Lee – The pantry shelving came with the house. You can find similar stuff at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I’ve got a post coming up about how I organize the pantry. Stay tuned…

A pantry that size would be a DREAM!


WOW! Do I EVER have pantry-envy!!!


Just wondering where you got the oval baskets,in your pantry I love them. I know its your last house so they may no longer be around, but I really like them. I LOVE your new place as well! Great job.


Oooh, I think either Target or Michael’s!


Wish we had a pantry like yours. Loving all the baskets.

[…] Hidden Pantry – House*Tweaking: Most of the time you see silver wire shelves, but we love the white ones, too. Especially on a white wall, they just disappear and make the space feel less cluttered. […]