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Friday, September 28, 2012

Pantry Makeover Reveal

It's been a while! I have been so busy being a mommy, keeping up with my domestic duties and of course enjoying my new pantry that I have not had a chance to snap pictures. Our pantry has been finished for at least 6 months.  Some big changes have happened around here. The biggest being sending our youngest off to Kinder this year! Of course it was a bittersweet moment.  I will no longer have my little gal pal running around town with me for impromptu mani-pedi dates, lunches or shopping but I will have more time to dedicate to making my house look more like the model homes I dream of. Without further ado here is our brand new pantry...

I'm totally in love with it! It's so easy to maintain and everything is easily accessible. 
On the upper top left is a Vase that I found at HomeGoods that was damaged in the back. It was just perfect to glam up this space because nobody can see that there are a few glass tiles missing.  Inside  the vase I stuffed a feather duster that was just too pretty to clean with.  On the second shelf I have some airtight glass bottles that store my agave nectar, syrup and soy sauce. I found mine at Ross for $2.99 ea.  but have seen the exact same ones at Crate&Barrel for $4.95. To the right of the glass bottles I have a collection of Candy Jars that I found at an awesome divorce sale for a dollar a piece. On the third shelf I   have my flour, sugar, oats, rice and hot cocoa mix stored in the Anchor jars from Target. I think they were about $8.00 each for the four larger ones and about $6.00 for the smaller.  On the fourth shelf I have two Charlotte lined wire baskets on each end from Cost Plus World Market $12.99 ea. The center basket is from HomeGoods. It is a size in between World Markets Medium and Large baskets and was $12.99.  It fits in perfectly and you really cant tell it 's not from the same collection. On the fourth shelf I have a collection of Better Homes and Gardens Flip-Tite storage containers. I purchased two of the boxed 4 piece storage sets for $15.97 each and a few of the 2.7 liter containers that are sold separately. They are the perfect size to fit a whole box of cereal. These containers stack neatly onto one another and fit all kinds of snacks. I love them for things like wheat thins, Rice cakes, marshmallows, nuts craisins etc. On the very far right end of the fourth shelf I have a cute little Kvarnvik linen box that I found at Ikea for $7.99. It stores my bouillon cubes, cooking packet and dip mixes nicely. On the floor is a wine crate that I scored from BevMo for free!  I use it to hold all the pouch lunch drinks. As you enter the pantry there is a chalkboard that I made from a cute $1.00 frame that I got from my favorite newly divorced couple. It had a lot of detail but was ugly and dusty. I gave it a glam makeover and Voila!
No Clutter here! On the top shelf sitting next to the Pellegrino are two penny jars from Target $4.99 each. I use one to store tea bags and the other for drink mix packets. They had a cheap little plastic knob but I replaced them with some cute knobs that I ordered off eBay. In the corner of the shelves I have a double tier lazy susan that I found long ago on clearance at Walmart for about $3 each. I didn't need them when I purchased them and just saved them for a rainy day. They work perfect for my canned goods and I don't have to dig around to find anything any more! 

I now use my aborable Charlotte Lined Wire Basket from World Market $24.99 to hold all of the kids bagged lunch chips.  I had a stockpile of cake / bake mixes that I did not realize I had... What can I say? We like to celebrate in our house! I had been eyeing this basket at Target and happened to stumble upon it at Goodwill of all places.  It was unraveling a bit but was brand new with tags. It retails for $39.99 and I got it for $12.99. My glue gun fixed the unraveling and I was lucky enough to score this awesome basket. 

My favorite part of the pantry is the faux wallpaper stencil painting.  It was quite a bit of work but I am so glad I did it. My pantry looks so glam now!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's the little things...

Happy Valentines Day! 
I spent my morning working on my pantry and was surprised by my husband with a card, huge balloon and an orchid. I am still busy working on my pantry. It really is an overwhelming task but I am sure in the end it will be well worth it.  
This morning I received one of the most meaningful valentines ever!  Handmade by my 5 year old.  She turned 5 at the end of last year and I have been working with her for quite some time on her alphabet.   

Now this is a love note to cherish... I'm having a proud mommy moment.
Hope your day was just as sweet. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Pantry

Where do I start? I am not an organized person nor do I claim to be. I yearn to have one of those houses that looks like a model home. My New Years resolution this year was to be more organized. So I guess now is the time to make that happen, right? I know that organizing is a PROCESS and it's not going to happen overnight. Right about now, I wish I could wiggle my nose like Samantha on Bewitched just to get the pantry tidy enough to show you. 

Now my pantry didn't get like this overnight. If I go grocery shopping and ask the kids to help put away the groceries, this is what happens. If I make dinner and ask someone to put away the rice cooker guess what... It ends up on the floor!  I have organized an re-organized my pantry and it always ends up looking like an avalanche waiting to happen. This is that room in the house that I just want to close the door on and never open again. Ugh.. I could scream just thinking about it. So without further ado I will now unveil (in a spooky voice) "The Pantry". Yes, I know it needs some serious help!