After giving our pantry a much-needed quick makeover shortly after moving in it’s turned into one of the many areas of our home that fall into the ‘it kind of works but…..’ category.
It’s an amazing little space to have and our quick spruce up definitely helped improve the pantry but the dodgy and uneven shelving, the stained lino-covered floor and marked walls really don’t make the most attractive of spaces.
So, what’s the plan?
Well, as always we need it to be budget friendly. Having said that, I have got a bit carried away with our plans. After all, there’s no point in doing something if you’re not going to do it well! And, who wouldn’t love a wine fridge!
I absolutely love these yellow and white hexagonal cement tiles by Popham Design. Aren’t they gorgeous?! They’re not cheap but, as we’re only going to be tiling the floor, it’s an affordable splurge. There’s also another reason I’m excited – it’ll be our first ever tiling project!
Given that we’ve tackled everything from floor sanding through to things like replacing our garage roof, I’m not sure how we managed to avoid laying tiles for so long!
We’ll be carrying through the basic colour theme of our kitchen into the pantry. The two rooms essentially belong together so I’d like them to flow into each other and using similar colours is always an easy way to tie things together.
We painted the cabinets in Railings by Farrow & Ball and I think that the black blue colour will work really well with the yellow cement tiles, too.
We will be having a bit more fun in there, though. We’ll be painting the whole room dark and I’ve decided that I’ll add a bit of stencilling to the walls. Yep, we’re returning to the 90s! 😂
3. Cabinets & Shelving
The biggest change in here will obviously be to the cabinetry and shelving. We’ll be completely rejigging the storage in here to make it work better for us. The current shelves were already in the room but they’re not spaced out well and the space is somewhat wasted.
We’ll be installing all new shelves and some kind of drinks storage solution along with some cupboards or drawers (if we can squeeze them in).
I know that I said I wanted this to be a budget-friendly makeover but there are some things that are just hard to resist! It’s no big secret that we like a nice glass of wine now and then but it’s been difficult to store wine since moving into our current home.
When we lived in Manchester we used to store our wines in the cellar which was perfect as it was nice and cool.
Now though, our cellar is super warm (it’s so warm in fact that it’s usually warmer down there than in our apartment!) which makes it impossible to store wine.
We’ll only be opting for a small wine fridge to store around 40 bottles but there’s just not enough space for something larger.
We can hardly give the pantry a makeover and ignore the door. I’ve pretty much ignored all doors in our home. (Except for the front door which we’ve given a big makeover. Twice.).
All of our doors have been painted in emulsion which isn’t exactly ideal for woodwork to say the least. Most doors already look really dirty and could really do with stripping right back, sanding and painting with suitable wood paint that’s wipeable and easy to clean.
I am planning on sorting them all at some point but it’s not exactly the most exciting of home improvement projects which is why I keep putting it off.
The pantry door is in a particularly unhappy state as there’s a huge chunk of the doorframe missing! I’m also thinking about replacing the top panel of the door with a glass panel (as you can see in my rough Photoshop mockup) although I’m not sure if it’ll be possible yet, though.
We’re not planning anything fancy in here but, as there are no sockets in the pantry at the moment, we’ll be adding a couple so that we can actually use our wine fridge. We’re also thinking that there might be enough space in here for a microwave (which we’ve not had now for over two years now). There’s nothing worse than not having enough sockets!
7. Storage Jars, Containers & Baskets
We’ll obviously be keeping the dozens of jars that are filled with all sorts of supplies but the room could do with a bit of a sort out and tidy.
We definitely need to come up with a better spice storage solution as we have a whopping 51 spices flying around! I’m really not sure how that happened given that I always say that I don’t enjoy cooking!
I’d also love to add a few more baskets or crates to make our storage slightly more efficient and, let’s face it, prettier, too!
What I’ve not yet shared is that we’ll also have a tiny bit of a theme in this room! It’s only going to be subtle but I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Mainly though, I can’t wait for this room to work better and be the most glamorous pantry in Berlin (or at least in our building 😉).
Can you guess what our theme is going to be (our hexagonal tiles are a hint)? Do you have a pantry? How do you store your food supplies?