|Cue scary music!|
Fast forward to today, and ta-da! My new and improved pantry!
|That's an empty shelf on the bottom!|
|View behind the door -- appliances, cans, baggies, etc|
I intended to paint some sort of stencil on the back walls, but it's just not a priority right now. Until I have more free time, I'll settle for organized. I purchased the glass jars (two sizes, the little ones on sale) at Walmart and used them for dry goods. I had the cereal containers in the pantry before, but now they're on a lower shelf and accessible to the kids. We'll see if that lasts. The only other purchase I made was a set of four dollar store bins. I used one for infrequently used baking items (candied ginger, carob powder, and so on) , one for frequently used baking items (vanilla, baking powder, cupcake liners, toffee bits, etc), one for extra or half-full pasta/grain bags, and one for 'drinkables' (tea bags, instant coffee, Crystal Light, Koolaid). I thought four would be enough, but I really could have used another one or two, and may pick up more later.
This re-org came in the nick of time, as the shelves were on the verge of collapse. Seriously, the previous owner had the shelves attached to the supports by finishing nails, and the angled support at the bottom wasn't even attached to the wall. I had loaded the shelves assuming they were secure, but if these things had collapsed when one of my kids was in there rooting for crackers, it could have resulted in serious injuries. Hubby ripped out the angled supports and hand cut niches in 2x4s (I'll be painting these eventually) to create solid vertical supports. Thanks, Love!
Speaking of my dearest, he broke into my newly acquired stash of wine corks and, along with our boys, created these little guys:
Two corks down, only a bajillion to go!
I'm off to do my hour of sewing for the Kids Clothing Week Challenge!