Pantry Organization

On Wednesday, I shared my pantry makeover with you guys.  Today I’m back to show you where everything is located in our pantry.  Get excited!

organized pantry

I tried to keep like items together.  They may not be on the same shelf, but they’re near each other (see “snacks”).  I tried to put the items I use most higher on the shelves and the items I use the least on the lower shelves/floor.  I’m tall, so reaching the top shelf isn’t an issue for me.

Pantry Organization

Yes, I have an entire bin dedicated to nut butters (peanut butter and almond butter).  Trader Joe’s was out of my favorite almond butter for two months so when I recently went in, and to my surprise there were some available, I grabbed every single jar on the shelf (4 total).  Don’t hate.  A girl’s gotta have her almond butter.

The shelves are deep enough that I could line our bottles of booze along the wall and lay the wines in front.  I keep a basket of koozies for when we have friends over and they need to keep their beers frosty.  I put the basket on our kitchen island and everyone grabs a koozie.  I’m basically the beer whisperer.

I keep a crate with tailgating supplies because it makes it so much easier when we go tailgating to just grab the crate instead of trying to find everything.

Pantry Organization

I store my vases upside down (to keep the dust out of them) on the top shelf of the pantry.

The small appliances I use most often (handheld mixer, food processor, large crockpot, small crockpot) are on the second shelf from the bottom.

I kept all of the paper plates, napkins, straws, and plastic cutlery together.

Serve ware I use for special occasions is stored on the floor.

pantry organization

Remember, this is how I chose to organize our pantry because it’s how it will work best for us.  When organizing your pantry, do what will work best for you.  If something isn’t working you can always change it.

Has my snowed-in-induced pantry organization spurred anyone else to tackle theirs?

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Pantry Makeover

Thank you, Office Depot, for sponsoring today’s post!

Hey, friends!  Today I’m sharing a fun before and after makeover with you– our pantry.

Since I’ve been trapped in our house since Saturday morning (thanks to Snowpocalypse/Polar Vortex/etc.), I figured what better way to spend my time than overhauling our pantry.  Trust me, it needed it.

Let’s begin by ripping the Band Aid right off– the before picture.  I’m obviously not proud of the before picture because it’s very hoarderish.  As you’ll see, this overhaul was majorly needed.  I hated going into our pantry get something because it made me anxious, but it was a monster I created.  It’s just so easy to shut the door, well when something wasn’t in the way, and forget about the hot mess that was our walk-in pantry.

photo 6

Did that image make you feeling anxious, like how I feel after watching Hoarders?  Did you say “Oh. My. Gosh.” out loud?

I don’t blame you.

Now, let me redeem myself with the after image.

organized pantry

Isn’t she pretty?

I used Office Depot See Jane Work medium woven bins for the majority of the storage.  The bins are the perfect size for our shelves and they hold the right amount of items.  Oh, and I’m in love with the blue color.

pantry organization

I organized the pantry into sections so like items are near each other.  I’ll do a more detailed post on Friday with how I have everything organized and what is in each bin.


I also added a fun magnetic dry erase board so I can write down items we need.

pantry message board

Since we have wire shelving, I always had to lay my cookbooks down on the shelves so they wouldn’t slip through.  Then I had an aha moment– magazine files.  Genius, if I do say so myself.

cookbook organization

Now I’m determined to keep the pantry organized and clutter free.

You wouldn’t believe the giant box of items I need to donate after going through this room.  But I’m happy about that.  I feel so much better after getting rid of stuff I haven’t used in forever.

pantry organized with bins

And for fun, here’s a side-by-side before and after shot.

pantry before and after

Come back on Friday to see how I decided to organize the pantry and exactly where everything is!

Organized pantry makeover!

So, what do you think about the pantry makeover?

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This post was brought to you by Office Depot.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

More Kitchen Photos

I couldn’t think of a witty title for this post so I went the literal route.  Yep, you’re getting more kitchen photos today.  In case you missed it, I revealed the kitchen cabinet makeover on Monday.  There’s also a pretty awesome $1,000 Home Depot gift card giveaway in combination with that post so make sure you leave a comment and get yourself entered to win.

Monday’s post was already photo heavy, so I thought I’d share a few more photos with you today.  I’m also sharing the rest of our plans for the kitchen.

The bookcase, which was added to the original island, is one of my favorite things about the kitchen cabinet makeover.  It’s one of the first things you see when you walk into the kitchen.  And it makes the kitchen look less builder-grade and more fancy and custom.

In case you’re wondering, the cow shaped creamer was a wedding gift (from Bed Bath and Beyond), the turquoise bowl is Kate Spade, apples are from Walmart, teapot was a wedding gift (from Bed Bath and Beyond), and the vintage pink coffee canister was a Goodwill Outlet find from a few years ago.

kitchen island bookshelf

These are just some of my hoard of cookbooks.  I tried to display the prettiest ones.

island bookshelf

We plan to replace the countertops soon.  There’s just not enough contrast between our current countertops and the new white cabinets.  My brother’s friend does countertops so we’re hoping to get the family-of-your-friend discount.

kitchen island

Jack’s food and water bowls used to live where the bookcase is located.  I couldn’t figure out where to put the bowls.  Ultimately, I decided to re-home them to the space between the two island chairs.  It’s worked out so far.  I need to invest in a new mat for under the bowls because the color of the current one isn’t really meshing with the rest of the room.

It’s kind of hard to see in photos and in real life, but the three sides of island are beadboard.

white kitchen island

Like I said in the reveal post in Monday, Brad and I ran the electric and installed under cabinet lighting.  Seriously, I am in LOVE with the under cabinet lighting.  Like, I would marry it and have its babies.  I mean, look how amazing it makes my KitchenAid mixer look.

I’m going to start a “Every home needs under cabinet lighting” campaign.  Why?  Because it makes the kitchen look so much fancier, and it’s easier to see when you’re prepping food.


I’ll post a tutorial soon on how we ran and installed the lighting.

Here’s the list of things we still need to address in the kitchen:
overhead lighting (sayonara, florescent light)

Fingers crossed we’ll have all of that done by spring.

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Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Reveal

Today’s the day! The reveal of our kitchen cabinet makeover!

I know some of you have been stalking the blog for weeks, so get excited because today is the day you’ve been waiting for.

Before we go into the after photos, I want to review what our kitchen looked like before.

Don’t get scroll happy now. Take it all in.

honey oak kitchen cabinets

honey oak cabinets

oak kitchen island

Remember, we loved the layout of our kitchen.  It’s a good size kitchen with ample storage.  But we didn’t like the honey oak builder-grade cabinets, which is why we had the cabinets refaced by Home Depot.  We were able to keep the layout of the kitchen the same, but completely change the look and, in fact, add additional storage.

Ok, enough torturing you.

Drum roll, please.

kitchen cabinets and island 5

kitchen cabinets

kitchen island with bookcase

So, what do you think?  Looks like a completely different kitchen, right?

As you can see we had toppers added to extend the height of the cabinets to the ceiling.  Crown molding was then added.

Friends, if you ever find yourself contemplating whether or not to have your kitchen cabinets extend to the ceiling, DO IT.  There should be no hesitation.

 kitchen cabinet makeover before and after

Brad and I also installed dimmable under-cabinet lighting.  More on that project later, but as you can see it makes a big difference.

kitchen cabinets before and after

We also had hardware installed– regular knobs for the doors and cup pulls for the drawers.

kitchen before and after 2

We had a bookcase added to the island in order to give the kitchen a more custom look, and so I could display my cookbooks and kitchenware.

kitchen island before and after

Now, let’s go over a little bit of the refacing process.

First, the previous cabinet doors, drawers, and hardware were removed.

kitchen cabinet refacing

Then, the toppers were installed and wood was added to flush out the sides and bottoms of the cabinets.

cabinet refacing 2

cabinet refacing

The bookcase was also installed.

adding bookcase to island

The cabinets were sanded down and the white laminate was added.  Epoxy is applied to the backside of large laminate sheets, position the sheets onto the cabinets, and then a roller is used to go over where the laminate meets the cabinets.

kitchen cabinet refacing process

cabinet refacing process

A router is used to cut the laminate where the cabinet doors and drawers are located.

home depot refacing

New drawer fronts, doors, and hardware were added once the laminate was installed.  The whole refacing process took about 5 days.

We love how the kitchen turned out.  It looks and feels so much bigger with the cabinets extending up to the ceiling.   Going from oak to white also helps make the room look bigger and bright.  And I love how the white cabinets look with the Mint Condition (Sherwin-Williams) paint color on the walls.

Our family members and friends who have visited since we had the cabinets refaced have said it looks like a completely different room.  And we haven’t even tackled the countertops, backsplash, lighting, or sink yet.

So, what do you think of the cabinet refacing?

 If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen, Home Depot has 3 ways to help you out! The services that they offer include Replace, Reface and Renew. With the Replace service, they remove your old cabinets and replace them with all new ones. The Reface option, works with the bones of your old cabinets and refaces them with new doors, trim, veneer etc. And the Renew option takes your existing cabinets and refinishes the wood.

Want more info? Check out these videos from The Home DepotReplace VideoReface VideoRenew Video.

Baking Sheet Organization

There are endless things to organize in a kitchen, right?  Well, recently I decided to tackle an area of my kitchen that was plaguing me– my baking sheet cabinet.

baking sheet organization

Now that you saw the spoiler, let’s see what I was working with before I got my organization on.

Does this look familiar?  Kind of sad, huh?  When I needed a certain sized baking sheet I’d have to wrestle with the other sheets and my silicone baking mats.  It may not sound bad but it frustrated me.  Something had to be done.

unorganized baking sheets

So I started to think of ways I could clean up this space.  And then I had my baking sheet aha moment.  An office paper sorter.  Thankfully, the one I grabbed fit perfectly.

cookie sheet organization

Tadah!  Doesn’t it look 10 times better?  I’m able to easily see and grab the baking sheet or baking rack I need.  I rolled up my baking mats and secured them with rubber bands.  I was going to add contact paper before organizing but our kitchen cabinets are currently undergoing a makeover (woot!) so I’ll wait until the makeover  is over.

how to organize baking sheets

What do you think about this organization system?  How do you organize your baking sheets?

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Kitchen Makeover Plans


A couple weeks ago I announced that we’re having our kitchen cabinets refaced by Home Depot (there’s also a $1,000 Home Depot gift card up for grabs).  Today I’m sharing the plans for our builder-grade honey oak cabinets.

To review, refacing is perfect for those who like the layout of their current kitchen.  The existing cabinet doors, drawers, and drawer fronts are removed.  Wood or laminate veneer is adhered to the existing cabinets and frames.  Then the new doors, drawers, drawer fronts, and hardware is installed.  The whole process typically takes between 3-5 days.

We love the layout and ample amount of storage space our kitchen offers.  However, we don’t love the color of the cabinets.  Plus, there’s just too much wood going on in our kitchen with the cabinets and flooring.  So refacing was the perfect option for us.  We get to keep the layout of our kitchen, but improve the look and function of it.

builder grade honey oak cabinets

We decided to go with Martha Stewart Annandale thermofoil cabinet doors in the color Picket Fence, which is basically white.  Brad wanted to change the cabinets to white since the day we bought our home.  I quickly jumped on the white cabinetry train with him.  Since our kitchen only has one window the white cabinets will bounce more light off of them than our current cabinets, maximizing the small amount of light we get through the window.

I couldn’t find a kitchen photo with our exact choice, but I found a bathroom.  The only difference is our drawer fronts will be flat and with different hardware.  Brad and I love the simple look of the cabinet doors.  We’re also going to go with full overlay doors (very little cabinet frame showing around each door) as shown below.  We like the seamless look compared to the traditional look of our current 1/2 inch overlay doors.


We’re going to have toppers and crown moulding installed on top of the existing cabinets to fill in the 12 inches of awkward space I loathe.  The new cabinet doors will be taller so the top of the cabinets will become an additional shelf.  By adding the toppers and taller doors we’re not losing storage space.  If anything, we’re gaining storage space because we’ll be able to store more things and hide them behind the cabinet doors.

kitchen makeover plans

My wish of having a bookshelf added to the island is also coming true.  The bookshelf will be added to the side of the island shown below, which faces the main doorway to the kitchen.  I’m already planning which cookbooks and vintage kitchenware to display on the bookshelf.

kitchen island


 For more info, visit The Home Depot, and check out their videos:ReplaceReface and Renew.


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