Our new pantry

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We bought a vacation home that has such a small kitchen. I knew we needed more storage. So I checked out Ana's plans and made this bad boy based on the Simplest Armoire plans.

The home is in the mountain/lakes area of northern New Hampshire, so I wanted to bring the outside colors in. I used Valspar Cabin Red paint and the Valspar Antiquing glaze over the top after distressing it a bit.

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Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Valspar Cabin Red paint Valspar Antiquing glaze
Estimated Cost: 
$200 +

Comments

I sure hope you are insanely proud of yourself! That pantry is *incredible* and belongs in any magazine.

I'm planning on building one sometime soon as well, and I hope it comes out even half as beautifully as yours.

GREAT JOB!

That is gorgeous - but I have to ask - did you stabilize it to the wall?

I'd be leery of a narrow unit like that if I had kids (or was clumsy, even)

This is gorgeous!! I love love the idea of modifying it for a pantry!! I've been getting on the couponing band wagon (not extreme, but still wanting small stockpile) but live in a pretty cramped for storage already kind of house. So this would be perfect! I'm in love with your finish; I'm with the above commenter. can you please share your technique? Thank you for being so inspiring!! This is going straight on my to-so list!

This is gorgeous!! I love love the idea of modifying it for a pantry!! I've been getting on the couponing band wagon (not extreme, but still wanting a small stockpile) but live in a pretty cramped for storage already kind of house. So this would be perfect! I'm in love with your finish; I'm with the above commenter. can you please share your finishing technique? Thank you for being so inspiring!! This is going straight on my to-so list!

Definitely getting bookmarked and printed, to be put in the "summer projects" pile. :) Thanks! I love it!

Jenn, YES, we did stabilize to the wall. We put a 1X4 strip on the inside of the cabinet -- near the top -- and screwed into the wall behind. With the doors open, it is definitely top heavy.

I'm very new to building AND funky techniques. First, I did prime the inside of the cabinet. I didn't prime the outside, as I didn't want the primer to affect the distressing/glazing. Since I am okay with the piece being really rustic, I think I might have wasted my time by priming the inside. Next, I used my Wagner sprayer for the first time and sprayed the cabinet with a few coats of the Valspar Red Cabin paint. The sprayer TOTALLY saves tons of time! After that, I used sandpaper (120 grit, I think) to sand some of the edges down to make it look weathered, making sure to sand where it would naturally get more wear. Then I applied the glaze. This is my first time glazing, so I applied to the top first (as you won't see it). I used the Valspar Antiquing glaze. You can wipe or brush on. I waited a few minutes and went back with a rag and very gently rubbed some of it away. Finally, I used the Miniwax Finishing Paste and rubbed it over the whole cabinet. I don't remember if I used it on the inside. I did put down liners on the shelves, so it really isn't necessary.

That's it. I do love it and love the color. It works really well in our rustic home. Now to see if it holds up to all the kids and adults who will be swinging the doors open!

i will have to make this. i received a quote to have one custom made in my kitchen for $1,400.00...making it will be my best bet!

Marisol

I would REALLY like to build this as my first project and want to start first thing next week-can you share how you modified the plans? I am intimidated to try myself and I love the look of the width and depth of this pantry. Do you have that info or have an idea of how you went about modifications?

Honestly, I just wanted the piece to fit in the space I had. Also, I wanted to be able to use the ton of 1X12 pieces of wood in our garage. AND I didn't want to have to buy two pieces of plywood for the back.

So, with all that said, I used one 4X8 piece of plywood for the back (there's your height and width) and I used the 1X12" for the sides (there's your depth).

It's really easy to modify the size of this design. But because it's tall and but with a very small footprint, we needed to secure it to the wall. That's the only real thing you should keep in mind if you modify.