Thursday, March 10, 2011

Nesting, part 1: Pantry Project

I was just starting to get the nesting bug last month when I found this blog that TOTALLY inspired my to clean up my pantry. It hit me at the right time because I'm in the mood to MOVE and get things done. Here is the finished product--neat, clean, organized and labeled. (Now can we make it last?)

Here is what it looked like before:

What a disorganized mess!

If you look close you can see how chipped and gross the shelves were before. What a mess! How did I find anything? Okay, so here's what I did:

First, I took everything out of the pantry and scrubbed down all the shelves.

Try living like this for three days!:

Step 2: Painted the walls (two coats). I used paint that I already had. I'm being frugal, and it already matched my kitchen.

Then, taped off and painted the shelves white (two coats).

Oh, doesn't it look beautiful? To protect all my hard work, I covered the shelves with white contact paper as well.

My friend Julie helped me by making labels with her silhouette. Oh, how I would love to have one of these machines! We labeled just about everything! Aren't these glass jars cute? They are from Wal-mart for only about $3.50 each.

Isn't the bottle of maple syrup cute! I borrowed that idea from that other blog as well.
Since I bought a new trash can to replace my disgusting old one, my family complained that the couldn't tell apart the recycling bin and the trash. So we even labeled those.
Once again, here is the final product:

What a beautiful sight!


  1. Good work!! It looks WAY better. The labels are cute and I like the two tone paint. Keep it up. Oh, and I love that you took pictures of everything. Very official!!


  2. Looks great! It must be a #5 nesting thing, because I'm doing the same thing. I just finished painting baseboards and I'm now starting to paint the walls- living room, hallways, family room and kitchen. I have 7 1/2 weeks- think I'll make it?

  3. Looks good! I LOVE that blog!! I actually have all the stuff to do my pantry all cute too! It's just a matter of actually doing it! LOL

  4. Don't you just hate when people post stupid comments. :)Emily Pope

  5. When my girls saw the pantry they said, "Oh good, now you know which one is recycle and which one is garbage. Cause we never know!" So they were all excited about the trash cans!! Thought that was funny. Looks good. And I love the carsear cover!!

  6. Wow!!! That looks fantastic!!! And I thought your old pantry was organized.


  7. I guess my family wasn't the only one that was confused by which can to use for recycling and which to use for trash. I thought it was obvious (the recycling is ALWAYS on the right, plus if you see what's IN the can you know if it's recyclable stuff or not), but I guess I was wrong!