Going Red

So if you have read my Pantry Posts .. you already know that I chose to
paint my living room and kitchen a lighter shade.

Well, I also decided to change my beloved orange wall..

I do love that color.. (cinnamon stick)

(to see a tour of my kitchen before the pantry go Here )

My orange wall was definitely a favorite of mine, in the photo's above the lighting
makes it look a little off.. it is actually a little deeper than how it looks in the pics,
and here were my previous choices..

Cinnamon stick, Warm Caramel, and Peacock.

After some decision making.. I chose to change up my warm orange shade to..
a shade of Red.   

I came to this decision because I have purchased a few new kitchen pieces 
lately which have red and turquoise in them.. I have always really liked red and 
turquoise together.. Well, red and just about all blue shades actually.

   But I finally decided it is only one wall, and if I don't like it - I will simply
paint it again. :0)

So after debating on different shades of red, my new color choice.. 

Kilz Fahrenheit, and Ranch House... 
and here is the result.

It isn't too drastic of a change, but you can definitely tell it is red and so far I
really like it.
 It will be really pretty for Christmas too! :0)

My Pantry

I am excited to share my completed pantry with you today.

If you missed the previous posts about my pantry project you can see
the decision to make one Here,
and several photo's of my progress as I built it Here.

Drum roll please...

Here is the outside of my new pantry..

Isn't it a thing of beauty? :0)

and now on to the inside..

To see how I built my shelves go Here .

I am still tweaking how I want to arrange the items in here,
and still debating what items I want to actually place in here.. 
at the moment it has a lot of  junk  snack food & extra's. :0)

It is so nice to have this added storage, my deep freeze nearby is
also a nice touch..  But to be able to have the storage space to actually 
decide what items I want to put where.. instead of having to cram 
stuff in a space. Aaaah,  yep I am so happy I finally took the plunge
and built myself a pantry! 

And if I decide I need more storage space in the future.. out goes the 
freezer and more shelves will be added. :0)


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Pantry Project - part 2 - The shelves

So after getting the outside of my pantry completed,
I worked on the inside..

(See Part 1 on my pantry progress:Here)

After the sheet rock, paint and so on was done,
it was time to work on my shelves.

I first started by deciding where to place my shelves.
I took into consideration how much space our small deep freeze would need
for the door to open, and then also how far apart I wanted the shelves to be
for the items I would be placing on them.

After those decisions were made,
I drew a pencil line level around the interior where I wanted
to place my shelves.
Then I cut some 1" x 2"'s to use as cleats, and using my pencil line as a guide
placed them inside.    

Then I painted them to match the walls,
double checked my measurements for the shelves themselves,
copied my measurements onto my wood and I proceeded to
cut my 'shelves' in L shapes to fit onto my cleats.

I considered a lot of options for my shelves.. and found there are so many options 
out there to choose from!

Eventually though after a lot of thought and spending a while in home depot
looking everything over.. :0)
I decided on buying a sheet of cabinet board.. 
I could cut all my shelves from one sheet, and decided it was plenty sturdy to 
avoid sag.  Who wants a sagging shelf, not this gal! :0)

Next up I painted the shelves, and then I simply added some trim along the edge to finish
them off.

The inside is now complete,
on to filling it up and organizing.   :0)

Pantry Project in progress - part 1

Pantry Project begins..

(If you missed the post on my decision process for my pantry 
placement you can see it by going Here 
and if you'd like to see photo's of my kitchen and the reason behind
my pantry project go Here .)

So it started.. the decision was made and I got to work..

I started by removing the baseboard and crown molding, and then I
got to work.. and those boards that I have been looking at for a couple of weeks?
Well, they finally got screwed to the floor.

I decided to leave the floor as it is for now..  this was something else I debated on for
a while.. rip it out? leave it? and on and on.
Budget wise I decided to leave it for now.

And after the initial shock of drilling a screw into the floor, I was over it
(the big decision to do this & all by myself)
and progress continued.

I am certainly no building expert, so I am not putting a tutorial on how to build
a pantry..  :0)
Just sharing my own progress and project - so please don't follow how
I built my pantry.. I basically just had a general idea of how to do it, what I wanted
the outcome to be, and went with it.
Using a square, tape measure, level, compound miter saw, and plenty of other tools..
and mashing a couple fingers along the way..
definitely don't do that!   Ouch!

Things I figured out..
sheetrock is simple to work with, although kind of hard to lug
around by myself, but I got it done!

Something else I found out..
Cutting Crown molding is not as simple as baseboards/trim.. oh no, it takes some
skill.   But I finally got it figured out.. after a few tries and searching online..
and a little tweaking with the end result. :0)
 Coping crown molding.. well, that takes some skill too, but I finally got that done
with a decent result.. far from perfect mind you, but looks pretty good.

A little more sheetrock work on the inside..

and of course paint..

I chose to lighten up the paint color in the living room and kitchen..
So I spent a couple days painting.

I went from glidden "warm caramel" to kilz "ranch house".

Here is a little peek so you can see the paint.. :0)

Reveal coming soon..
So excited.

Pantry Project - the decision where to put it

So in my last post I shared 2 options of where I was debating to put a pantry.


I actually took a long time to decide this..
I chose to place it between the kitchen and living room.

To prove it took me a while to make up my mind,
I took photo's. :0)

I measured the size of the pantry space I needed..
because I really wanted to be able to put our small deep freeze
inside the space or have it as an option at least.
So that is what I measured for.

I cut boards and placed them on the floor.

Yes, we literally had boards on the floor. :0)
Not only that, I rearranged our furniture multiple times to make sure
I would like my options by taking up this space with a pantry.

That's not all still,
I even took it a step further..

I set up a door (which we removed from a closet), some lumber, and
hung a sheet.. just to get a visual idea of the space this was going to take
up.. and to see if I really wanted to give up that living room space for
a pantry or not, and to see what the sight line was going to be from
different area's of the house.

To me this was a big decision.. and since it was left up to me I wanted
to be as sure as I could be.

So after a couple weeks or so.. of this,

The decision was made, and I have been
hard at work ever since.

Stay tuned..