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
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
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.
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:)