We put this narrow books shelf against the random, big, empty space and have used it for our pantry for the last 7 months. It worked great for the time being, but we knew that it wasn't a permanent solution! We thought about just getting a cute bookshelf and adding doors (probably from Ikea), but really it just took up too much space. Our kitchen is a good size, but we wanted to utilize the space that we had.
We decided pretty early on that we could probably flip the "closet" (it's really a broom closet. Too narrow for hangers) that was directly on the other side of the wall with the pantry. Something that presented a problem was a panel with internet stuff and a lot of wires (I'm obviously really techie!) in the closet, but upon further review (aka my Dad took a look) we decided that we could flip that also.
We tore that sucker down and patched it back up. It was definintely as easy as I'm making it sound! (not.)
Now, for the pantry side. Here is what it looked liked after we got the other side sealed up, and the internet panel turned around.
I just had to use this picture because Dan took it. He documented this part of the process since I was gone that particular day. Aww what a good husband! He knew I'd want to blog this sucker. All his pictures are mostly ceiling and I find that adorbs. Typical man.
Painted a bright color that I hate and painted over...
Having a pantry has literally changed my life. I would give my pantry the final rose. Either that's too dramatic or I've been watching too many episodes of The Bachelor. Those are the only two options.
Still on the To-Do list:
-Paint the wall around the Pantry grey (to match the rest of the kitchen)
-Paint trim white
-Put up shelving
Stay tuned for the final pictures!