Kitchen Update Part #1 & #2…Pantry is complete-ish!

When Todd and I first got married I always talked about knocking down the walls in the end of the kitchen leading into the laundry room at that time. I also talked about creating a laundry room and completely moving it elsewhere which we did here and quite honestly after we had that void I knew we NEEDED a pantry!! Finally, after a few months, a few close calls, some tears, lots of sweat and many lost weekends we went from closed off cramped kitchen with a TINY pantry to opened up kitchen with tons of storage AND a custom pantry! I couldn’t be more excited and though our next phase is cabinets and granite I’m totally okay with waiting and saving until it’s feasible! It only took my husband 3 years to agree to this…probably because arguing with a pregnant wife is more dangerous than with a terrorist!

Here’s a BEFORE, like WAY before…

Our ceiling needs to be painted and yes the kitchen was a mess...

For months our kitchen sat while we were working on the laundry room (well the Todd and Ryan were, I was working on being pregnant).

And then the goodness started…our walls started coming down!

We did have a little flooring problem…word of advice, if you’re going to buy discontinued flooring make sure and buy at least two extra boxes! We only had 4 pieces so there was a lot of stressing out when we took the wall out and had to figure out how to patch our floor! That weekend we went from walls to open goodness…

Notice how there are 4 light switches to the right of the door and then that random cord coming from the ceiling? Too many switches...

I seriously can’t even begin to tell you what a HUGE difference there is! Pictures don’t do it justice! It’s soo much brighter in our kitchen and no longer feels small at all, so crazy to be honest!

From here the guys capped off the water, took care of the electrical and got the framing taken care of.

Haha! Todd was REALLY excited about how strong it was!

The drywall and mud came in next…

Now only 3 switches!

You can see what we had as a pantry before hand…18 inches of {not so} goodness!

The guys busted out a ton of work for a solid week, every night they worked on the pantry before the party so that we could at least make it look like there was something behind there and well wanted to make sure that the doors were in so we could close them.

The doors are going to be painted and we will be replacing the door to the outside eventually.

Then came the shelving unit. Let me be honest…I was kinda bummed when I found out that there would have to be legs at the bottom. I loved the look of pantries that were legless and had tons of room for drinks and what not, especially since Todd drinks insane amounts of soda!

The two of them figured out a way to surprise me and make our pantry floating and I couldn’t be more excited, 6 ft of pantry goodness!! And this is how it sat for a few weeks. I was terrified to put anything in it, it was too lovely all by itself! But this weekend it was time to suck it up and get it moved over (especially since we literally didn’t do anything else house related all weekend).

I couldn’t be more happy!

We are trying to find the same hardware as the rest of the house in dummy handles...

Our ice cream maker is going on the bottom left.

Originally we had plans to do something like this with out baking sheets and cutting boards…

But we realized that though we have more storage space it wasn’t very practical to use up one whole shelf for just baking sheets and what not. Oh! Of course my obsession with boxes (especially of the blue descent) helped keep things organized as well!

We couldn’t be more excited! Obviously there is more left to do like install the lighting fixture above the door, paint the doors and add handles but those are little bits that can be done as we figure things out! You can see that there is more to be added to our pantry but being that I’m not much of a cooker, (I can, I just don’t) so there isn’t much need for  a bunch of stuff. We plan on adding a third shelf in the middle there and using those (or some) shelves for Tenleys bottles, food and Tupperware since we don’t have a ton of space in the cabinets. I LOVE that the shelves are adjustable too!!

So we went from this small, messy and funky yellow kitchen…

To this…

Next phase…cabinets and hardware and hopefully shortly after that counters and a new sink!

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Breanne - Wow…. you guys did this yourselves? You rock!!! I’m seriously nervous about decorating a house far less building things. How long have you lived there? I’ve never lived in a house one so like my wedding it will be a project where I have no idea what the hell I am doing!!!July 11, 2011 – 10:35 am

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Jami Reply:

Thank you Breanne!! Todd and Ryan our neighbor did it, they wouldn’t let me help! WE have lived in the house for almost 3 years but Todd has lived in it for 11! It took me getting pregnant to actually get the ball rolling on renovations…I think he’s too afraid of the pregnant me to say no! :p

Trust me…I don’t know what I’m doing and I’d much rather build/reconstruct than decorate! Good luck on your wedding planning too!

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Mary @ Redo 101 - Your new pantry is so roomy and organized – a place for everything! I know you are enjoying it and looking forward to the new phase of kitchen remodel. Thanks for sharing at Motivate Me Monday.July 11, 2011 – 11:46 am

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Jami Reply:

Thank you Mary! Thank you for dropping by as well! It’s organized for now…haha I imagine once real life happens it’ll become a normal pantry!

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Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) - Wow, it looks so professional! Awesome storage! I know you are loving it. What a great use of that space…fabulous idea! Love the chalkboard in your kitchen, too! :) July 11, 2011 – 12:06 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you Susan and thanks for dropping by!! We seriously are in love with it still! Almost every day I just open it up just to see it! :p Something we didn’t think about with the chalkboard door was the mess! Hence the reason it’s still in the 4th of July theme! I’m going to be buying chalkboard pens so hopefully it’ll be cute-ified soon! :)

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Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co - SUPER DUPER pantry envy!!! Looks great! :) July 11, 2011 – 12:27 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thanks Ashley! I’m so stinking excited it’s not even funny!! We love it!

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Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - Oh my word that looks amazing!!!! I’m jealous of how much room you have!! Our kitchen is teeny!July 11, 2011 – 2:52 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you for dropping by Emily! We had a tiny kitchen till we tore down some walls! :p No, it’s still not HUGE but it feels like it! Thank you, we really are excited about it!

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Deanne - Great job, I love walk in pantries, can’t wait to see the rest of the kitchen when it is finished.July 11, 2011 – 4:24 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you so much for dropping by Deanne! I’m looking forward to the end but I don’t know when it’ll happen, which I’m totally okay with!

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Michelle - Are you serious!?! You guys rock! What an awesome job…it really looks amazingJuly 11, 2011 – 4:33 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you so much Michelle!! That means a ton, especially coming from you and your expertise! I can’t wait to it all to be finished but with this basically done I’m pretty content!

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Laurin - What a gorgeous kitchen! I love the pops of blue in your pantry!

stopping by from Jenna’s… but I’ll be back! You have a fun blog!July 12, 2011 – 6:53 am

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Jami Reply:

Thank you so much for stopping by Laurin! Thank you! I’m really excited about getting the kitchen finished but I’m happy to wait at this point!!

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Lisa - That’s great! I’m so jealous of that extra storage space you have for food now!July 13, 2011 – 5:57 am

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Jami Reply:

Thanks for shopping by Lisa! I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m actually looking forward to filling it and cooking…for now! :p

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Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses - This is fantastic! Where did you get the shelving for the pantry?July 13, 2011 – 10:14 am

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Jami Reply:

Thank you so much for stopping by Kassandra! We actually got the shelving from Home Depot, it’s $20 a sheet for the ones with holes and then just a little less for the ones without (shelves).

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MamaSpaghetti - Looks great! I love the legless shelves!!July 13, 2011 – 10:14 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thanks!! That’s seriously my favorite part still! :p

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Carolyn - What a beautiful kitchen…what a wonderful pantry! I love space in a kitchen, and you certainly have heaps here. Looks terrific.July 14, 2011 – 5:55 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you so much for stopping by Carolyn!! I can’t believe how much space we have now! Thank you very much!

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Tami McDaniel - This is great! I would love to have a pantry at the end of my kitchen. Unfortunately I do not have the space. My pantry is in the bedroom closet. LOL You have done a wonderful job and it will be exciting when you get done. tfs TamiJuly 14, 2011 – 8:13 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you so much for dropping by Tami! WOW! I feel fortunate for the little space I had, I need the bedroom closet for our clothes! Thank you so much we are really excited about it!

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Leanne - The pantry looks amazing. You did such a great job using all the available space. I love the chalkboard too. Thanks for linking tothe Home Decor & Organizing Link Party. I’m featuring this on my FB page today. Have a great weekend.July 15, 2011 – 6:39 am

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Monica - Looks great. I did something similar and painted the pantry doors dark grey. Nothing like an organized pantry. I’m gonna miss my pantry when we move to California. I’ll be lucky to have a pantry cabinet.July 15, 2011 – 12:56 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you for dropping by Monica! Why the move to Ca and to where?! I LOVE IT here! Now if only I could talk Todd into moving to SD!

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Rebecca - Now, what’s it going to take for you to come do that over here at my house. ;-)

Great job!!!July 15, 2011 – 1:43 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you Rebecca for dropping by! HAHA you want my imagination (and stubbornness) and my husbands skills . Neither of us have any decorating skills so that’s where it ends! :p Thank you!

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Ruth - It is amazing. What a fabulous amount of space. I love that it is floating, too. What a dream.

RuthJuly 15, 2011 – 1:56 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you Ruth for stopping by! I seriously can’t get over the fact that they’re floating!

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Courtney - Love how this came out!! I am one who loves construction and opening up walls and such too~ you have a wonderful space now!! Would love for you to come share this at my weekend decorating party! :) July 15, 2011 – 6:40 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thanks for dropping by Courtney!! It’s amazing what taking out a wall will do! Thank you so much! I will for sure drop by! :)

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Elizabeth@BlueClearSky - Gotta love an organized space! Love that you have the floor space too.July 16, 2011 – 11:53 am

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Jami Reply:

Thanks for dropping by Elizabeth! We are so excited about the space! Quite honestly, it’ll probably get rearranged a few times before we settle on something that works best!

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Lea - Love love loving this space. And not liking you so much ‘cuz you have one and I don’t ;) Amazing that you guys did this yourself. I’m Kermit colored.July 16, 2011 – 12:31 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thanks for dropping by Lea!! HAHA! I hear ya…I feel that way all the time! Just imagine I have a pantry but behind that picture is a huge mess, EVERYWHERE! :p Thank you!

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June @ I will craft….. - Great pantry. I love the clean simple lines of it.

It is making me want to revamp my apartment pantry for something a bit more user friendly.July 16, 2011 – 3:00 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you so much for stopping by! Haha! Do it! It was inexpensive and has made a world of difference!

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Courtney - Hi there~ Just stopping back by to say thanks so much for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday~ following you along! hope you back and link up again soon! :) July 16, 2011 – 9:26 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you Courtney for hosting!! I will for sure be linking up again! :)

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Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating - I’m sooooo jealous of all that storage space that you have!!! Oh my, what I’d give for that! It looks great, and I know you’ve got to be loving it!July 17, 2011 – 7:24 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thanks Kristi!! I still love ti!! We are constantly opening it just to look!

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Amy@NewNostalgia - You are featured at New Nostalgia’s Anti-Procrastination Tuesday. Thanks for linking up!July 18, 2011 – 10:02 pm

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Jami Reply:

SHUT UP!! Awesome! Thank you!

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Ashley - this is so awesome, I love it! Featuring you this week at my party:)July 19, 2011 – 3:29 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you so much Ashley!! I’ll proudly add that badge! :)

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Meg - WOW! You guys are renovation pros!July 20, 2011 – 6:43 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thanks Meg! HAHA! We are far from it but we will keep faking it till we make it! :p

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DaNita - Great JOB! I featured this today at my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party. Feel free to grab a button for your blog

http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2011/07/delightfully-inspiring-thursday-party_20.html

DaNitaJuly 20, 2011 – 9:23 pm

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Jami Reply:

Shut up!! Thank you so much! I will for sure snag the button!

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abeachcottage - Your pantry is great! Its so lovely and functional.July 24, 2011 – 3:52 am

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Jami Reply:

Thank you!! We’re happy with it!! We still have some finishing touches but it’s pretty much done.

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tricia - Love it! Great use of space and storage! I also love your banner pic, we have a blk/tan doxie named Jack ; o )July 24, 2011 – 7:20 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thank you so much for stopping by Tricia! We are still obsessed with our pantry but unfortunately it’s still not completely finished. Seriously dachshunds are the best…I totally have an addiction to them!

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tricia Reply:

Doxies are like potato chips…you can’t have just one ; o )

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Katharine - That looks like a dream pantry. My daughter’s best friend is Graham and I love doxies. So cute and fun! Thanks for sharing.
I didn’t get a before picture of my kitchen because it went from messy to remodeled and I was embarrassed to take pictures of it messy. Now I’m kicking myself! I had the project done a year ago and still haven’t posted it. Anyways, glad you went ahead and took a before picture.July 31, 2011 – 12:14 am

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Jami Reply:

Thanks Katharine! I seriously am obsessed with dachshunds…I’d have a puppy right now if Todd allowed it! I had to swallow my pride and take pictures of it…there aren’t many other rooms that have been photographed though…my house is a constant state of mess.

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Karen - Great makeover!

I use a vertical pot lid holder for my baking sheets and baking stones. They take up little space, about 9 or 10″, and can hold more than one baking sheet per space. I just group same size pans together.August 1, 2011 – 7:12 pm

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Jami Reply:

Thanks for dropping by Karen! Thank you! I’ll have to check that out, it’s a great idea!

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Jess @ The Colorful Ones - what a fabulous transformation – great job!!!July 26, 2012 – 6:18 am

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Jami Reply:

Thank you so much! Major renovations pretty much came to a halt with Tenley around but we’re hoping to get back into the swing of things and tackle the rest of the kitchen early next year!

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