Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tutorial on our DIY pantry

Now that the pantry is all finished I thought I would try to write a tutorial on how we did it, in case you are curious and want to build one for yourself. 

My husband and I are pretty good at these DIY projects, I draw the plans out and we go over the materials that we need and head for the lumber store. We take our time, there is never a rush to get something done when we do it ourselves, rush and that's when mistakes are made. 

This is what the pantry looked like before the transformation:

The room is 7 ft. 4 inches x 8 ft.

The materials we used for this project were:

2-sheets of bead board paneling.                                            80.00
3-1"x10"x8' pine boards.                                                        45.00
9-wooden brackets                                                                 90.00
3-1"x4"x8' pine boards.                                                           24.00
2-4"x4"x8' pine boards.                                                           20.00 
1-1/2" finished plywood for base counter shelf                        From our wood stash
2x4's.                                                                                      From our wood stash
1-8' piece of trim.                                                                    From our wood stash
1-butcher block top for countertop.                                       170.00
Primer.                                                                                     30.00
Paint.                                                                                       30.00
Total cost for this project.                                                      $489.00

Before we start

We first hung the bead board

I filled nail holes, painted and primed it and attached a thin piece of trim along the top to finish it off

I primed and painted all of the wood

And brackets

Then we hung brackets, we found the center of the room and hung the middle brackets first

we then added the other 6 brackets, measuring equal distances in from the adjacent walls

The brackets came with the wood plugs to cover all of the holes, but I really don't like the looks of the plugs

so I filled all the holes with wood putty, let it dry overnight, the next day I added more filler to make sure they were completely full. I then sanded them down smooth, and painted over the patched holes twice to make sure they were completely painted over.

The top is done!

We wanted the base cabinet to be 35" tall, and because the  butcher block countertop we chose is 2" thick, we nailed a 2x4 up 33" from the floor.
We wanted the cabinet to be 20" deep so we nailed another 2x4 (13" long) along both sides of the walls, and used another 2x4 to run along the front, to attach the 4x4 legs to.
(See photos) 

We did the exactly the same for the second shelf. Running another 2x4 along the front

We measured some of the items we would be storing in the shelves (Stock pots, larger appliances etc.) to make sure they were big enough to house those things. The bottom storage area is 15" tall, the top one is 11 1/2" tall.

We then added the 4x4 legs on both sides of the base cabinet using "L" brackets. This is when we cut the plywood shelf and put it in place, screwing it down to the 2x4 brace. Then we added the middle 4x4 leg, again attaching it to the frame using an "L" bracket. 

You can see in this photo the 2x4 brace under the shelf

Then we cut a 1x4 to fill the area in between the legs, to cover the 2x4 frames and give it a finished look. 

After we got everything put together I filled more nail holes and any gaps that were left with wood filler and touched up the paint again.

Then we measured what we needed for the counter top, cut it to fit, I then sanded and stained it out in the garage. We brought it into the house and set it on top of our base frame, attached it underneath using "L" brackets. I finished it using an oil based rub on gel poly, three coats sanding between each coat. 

I made a cute little curtain for the base using fabric from my stash.

Honestly it took me longer to prime, paint, fill holes etc. than it did to build this pantry wall. I always feel so great when we do these projects together and can only imagine how much we save by doing it ourselves!

This is the other side of the room, my bucket bench houses yellow ware that holds potatoes and onions, for easy grabbing.

I hope I was able to explain this process so you could understand it! I know what we did but explaining it can be confusing:)


  1. Oh Rhonda, it all looks so inspiring to create a simple small pantry like yours in a closet of mine, I have wanted to hang T1-11 in the closet and then shelf it on 3 of the walls and change out the door to a vintage glass pane door and dress it up like yours, I just used the breadboard plywood paneling in my cupboard I just up-styled on an older posting and loved the look, but the heavy outdoor siding will complement the closet to match the kitchen corner cabinet.
    This project was a great fabulous up styling for a real great price, it's so model home ready.

    Thank you dear for taking the time to visit me and the French basket post, I could so see the baskets in your new room sitting nested with all the grace and beauty you have given this room
    Love the chandelier :)


    1. Thank you Dore! I'm glad I gave you a little inspiration! A glass pane door would be gorgeous! And you know I will be shopping for a few old baskets for these shelves!

  2. Anonymous8:57:00 AM

    Beautiful and functional; perfect! I'm so happy you got your pantry at last. You two do such good work. <3

  3. That looks amazing!! I think you could use a set up like that in just about any room.

    I came over to visit you at JoAnne's recommendation. Glad to find you.

    1. Thanks for visiting Stacey, and thanks for the sweet comment!

  4. Oh, wow, what a wonderful make over!!! How lucky you are to have a little room like that to use as a pantry!!!

    1. Thanks for checking my blog out sweet violets! This little room is the perfect size for a pantry:)

  5. I'm doing a kitchen makeover and I don't want regular cabinets. This may be perfect. Thanks.

    1. My husband thought I wanted stock cabinets for the base! I told him "we can do this" and I love it! It's really very simple to do, good luck! And thank you for visiting!

  6. Just found your blog. I LOVE your pantry. Very inspired.

    1. Thank you for visiting!! Come back often:) I love new followers!

  7. This looks great and has a vintage farmhouse vibe to it.
    So nice. Great job to you and your hubby on a job well done.
    came here via MMS

    1. Thanks Patricia, I love doing these projects with my husband, it's fun and rewarding to know you can DIY! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment!

  8. Loved this so much Rhonda! I can't wait till the day that I can have a pantry! I featured you this week at Sundays at Home!

    1. Thank you so much Alice! I love my pantry! It's so nice to have a place for all the small appliances and not have to pull them out when you need them! Thanks for featuring me!

  9. Lovely pantry. Such vintage style.

  10. This is so did a beautiful job with your pantry!

    1. Thank you Linda! And thanks for visiting my blog:) have a super duper weekend!

  11. Rhonda, it's BEAUTIFUL! And very well-done. Thanks for joining the Thrifty Life Thursday link party at Revisionary Life!

    1. Thank you so much Revi, and thanks for the great party!


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