Pocket Doors, Pantries, and Canned Good Storage

I know I’m like a broken record here, but yes, I am going to talk again about the kitchen renovation. It’s like the renovation that keeps on giving and giving. ;)

As you probably surmised by reading the title, I am showing you the two pocket doors we installed (love them!), our pantry makeover, and also sharing a cool storage solution I came up with for canned goods.

Let’s start with the pocket doors. I knew from the day we bought our house that I wanted to ditch two awkwardly placed doors and install pocket doors instead. I love pocket doors!

Exhibit A: Awkward Door #1

Standing in the kitchen, there is a door that leads to our pantry/mud/laundry room, which then leads to our garage. It is probably the most used area of our entire house. When we bought the house, there was a door connecting the two rooms, as well as a wall separating the door from where the refrigerator goes.

In addition to ripping that wall out, we also ripped out the door and half the wall so we could install a pocket door.


Read more about installing the pocket doors here

Today we have a lovely cabinet around the fridge, beautiful new wood floors, and a fun space-saving pocket door! (The trim has since been painted. The door will be painted black eventually.)

  

If you stand in the mud room and face into the kitchen, here’s a before and after:

  
Read more about the wall hooks here

Here’s one more of the same door into the kitchen from a slightly different angle showing the pantry, and our 2nd pocket door we installed… (Older picture – all trim is now painted.)

This photo brings me to…

Exhibit B: Awkward Door #2

The pantry door opened into the mud room and was always in the way.

When left open it blocked the walkway and was just really annoying. So of course when we decided to rip out the kitchen and add a new one, I scope creeped the renovation to include a surprise door switcharoo and new shelving in the pantry.

We had to rip out half the wall and several floor tiles to install the pocket door frame, but it was so worth it to not have to deal with a cumbersome door in my way all the time anymore.

Here’s the door after it was installed. We still need to paint it black and add the door handle, but at least the trim is now painted.

Three cheers for pocket doors! A pain in the rear to install after-the-fact, but totally worth it.

Well, now that we are talking about the pantry, I might as well show you the updates in there too.

The pantry originally came with wire shelving.

A lot of people like wire shelving, but personally, I don’t. I’m just not a fan. I’d rather have wood shelves any day of the week. Well, as my luck would have it, those two pocket doors we installed shared a wall with all the wire shelving in the pantry. We literally had to remove the shelving in order to get the pocket doors installed. I couldn’t have received happier news that day. Now I’d be getting some nice wooden pantry shelves out of the renovation too!

Because the renovation of half the house was such a huge job, we just had the trim out guys add our new shelves as well.

We had them do a basic set of shelves on the left…

But we wanted to still have our mini-fridges (blogged about here) on the right, so they installed the bottom shelf to accommodate them.

Last month I shared a project over at True Value’s blog about a Canned Goods Solution I came up with for our pantry. We had a big blank wall at the back of the pantry, but adding full depth shelves would have made the pantry feel way too claustrophobic. At the same time I had been frustrated with trying to store all our canned goods in a way that made them easy to spot and not take up an entire shelf. The solution was to build a 4″ deep wall shelf for all the canned goods.

Isn’t this such a brilliant use of space? I came up with the idea after seeing people use the narrow space behind their bedroom doors for tiny bookshelves. I figured I could create a narrow shelf but to hold all the cans. I managed to build this shelf in only a few hours. Here is a link to the full tutorial.

It’s always so fun for me to see where a project started, and where it’s ended up:

  

Now if only I can bring myself to actually paint everything. My claw hand is still recovering from painting all the trim (3 coats of paint!) so I keep putting off painting all the shelving. Maybe blogging about the pantry progress will motivate me to get it done once and for all.


     

Repurposing old home decor; Wooden Wheatgrass Bowl

One constant love I’ve had over the past 5 years has been decorating with wheatgrass. I just love the stuff! When decorating with fake wheatgrass, I think it just looks crisp and classic. One of the very first projects I ever blogged about was taking some gross old tins from goodwill, refreshing them with spray paint and vinyl, and adding wheatgrass to them.


Wheatgrass Containers

In our previous home I had some leftover fake wheatgrass and added it to a simple flower pot found at the dollar store.


Easy dollar store wheatgrass tin

I went totally bizerk over this wheatgrass plant my daughter brought home from school in kindergarten. Seriously, cutest present ever.


Wheatgrass Silly Face

I also have a thing for faux moss rocks and wood tones. After seeing an adorable decor display at a model home, I found this wooden bowl at Target and grabbed a bag of moss rocks from the dollar store (boo, they don’t sell them anymore, but you can get them at Target), and created my own “Model Home Decor“.


Moss Rocks Decor

Well, after many years of loving my Wheatgrass Numbered Tins and my Moss Rocks Decor, I was ready for something new and fresh around here. I repurposed the two into one new display.

I reused the wheatgrass and floral foam and the wooden bowl to create this new fresh piece of decor.

The green wheatgrass and the wooden bowl play off each other nicely and look crisp together.

I’ve been keeping the display on our dining room table, but when the table is in use, the wooden wheatgrass bowl looks great on our new Butler’s Pantry.

I have been trying to incorporate more natural and wood elements into my decor lately. After much pondering and Pinterest-browsing I’ve finally been able to put a label on my decorating style: Transitional Country (Rustic Transitional works also).

Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles.

I added the “Country” to the end because I love LOVE the Transitional style with a hint of rustic charm – metal finishes, a hint of shabby chic (but NOT too much, I can only take that distressed look in very small doses), and my love for random items like my cow painting. Living out in the country is allowing me to bring in some of that rustic style that I love, but didn’t necessarily work in our last home.

I can’t wait to start incorporating even more of those elements into our home!

Anyway, back on topic! I’ve been trying to come up with new ways to love my old decor that isn’t necessarily working for me anymore. This is one way I’ve been able to do that.

Have a great (and warm!) day! I will see you all again on Thursday. :)


     

2 hacks: Ikea Bygel rails as curtain rods & bed sheets into curtains

I can finally check another item off my should-have-done-this-a-year-ago to-do list. My son’s curtains have been sitting in his closet since we moved in almost 2 years ago. Why has it taken me so long to hang them? Because I am the Master Procrastinator.

But they are hung and looking fly if I do say so myself. I hung them the same way I hung them in our previous house – using two Bygel Rails from good ol’ Ikea. They come in two sizes. For the curtains I purchased the shorter ones.

These rails are made for the kitchen to hold accessories on. Ikea also suggests using them as a towel rail or to hold pot lids on. I like to “hack” products from Ikea and use them in unconventional ways, so I used these as curtain rods!

In our last house I had two extra ones just sitting in my stash and it dawned on me that I could totally use them as curtain rods.

They aren’t functional rods where you can drag the curtains across your windows, but they do work great if you want decorative curtains. I left the old rails at the previous house so I had to purchase new ones for this project. They are super cheap though; only $2.99 each.

Here is the window before:

And the poor wrinkled curtains. I actually made them using twin sized bed sheets and added some orange grosgrain ribbon down the edge.

After ironing, and ironing, and more ironing it was finally time to hang them! I figured out where I wanted the rails hung, threaded the curtains onto the rails, and attached them with some wall anchors. To easily hang the rails I used a level on the rail and just marked where the screw holes were. So much easier than math.

Our ceilings are a foot lower in the bedrooms in our current house than in our previous house. Because of this, I realized they would need to be hemmed. I decided to hang them first and then hem them for the most accurate length possible.

I just set up a sewing machine on a little table and hemmed them right there! It was so easy. I started by pinning them exactly where I wanted them hemmed and then just sewed them at the appropriate length.

Now Travis has pretty curtains hung high and wide to accentuate his window and make it look bigger. I obviously need to scooch the big orange star over now that the curtains are overlapping it.

His room will come together eventually. I pretty much put all rooms on hold while renovating the kitchen and dining room. Now I’m slowly starting to make more progress in the kids’ bedrooms. I’d like to just get them totally done once and for all so I can stop tinkering in there and start working on other spaces that need my attention. I would really like to get him a full-sized bedroom set, so we are just kind of in a holding pattern until I decide which set I want and have enough cash saved to purchase it.

Here’s a fun side-by-side. Curtains just make such a huge difference!

  


     
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