My Organized Pantry - Pantry Makeover Part 2

My Organized Pantry

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I just finished Part 1 - Building Custom Pantry Shelves, so if you missed that post, click on over and check it out!!

Sooo.... this is where I left you... Yay!!! All Done!!!

Pantry Shelves Finished

But... once we finished, we had to cram everything back into it, because we were having guests over and couldn't leave it the way it was....

Done but messy

This just cracks me up!! Literally we just shoved stuff wherever there was a spot. 😂  And it wasn't completely finished because you can still see the black screws in the supports.

So, the very next day, I emptied everything out. Caulked all of the shelves and repainted those areas.

Complete shelves right side

Also, it was very apparent that I needed to add a clear coat.  There were markings all over.  They cleaned up easy enough, but I decided to add 2 coats of Minwax Polycrylic.

Complete shelves left side

Here you can see a closeup of the corner.  Nothings perfect, because I don't expect anyone's nose to be all in my pantry checking my corners and see if everything's perfect.  😜

Corner up close

I absolutely LOVE it!!  So, then it came to really organizing it!  Real life organizing.  It must be pretty, but just being pretty isn't enough.  I need it to be both, pretty AND functional.

My Organized Pantry

Let's start from the top and work our way down.  There is a hidden shelf that you can't see until you get much closer and look all the way up.  This pantry has so much extra space, that I decided to put a extra shelf to hold my back up staples.  I even ordered a little foldable stool from Amazon, to hang on the door so I can easily reach that shelf. 👍 (you can see it in the photo above.)

Hidden Pantry Shelf

Those little side shelves are perfect for little bottles of this and that.

Remember, I said that I wanted a shelf for my canned goods, and that I didn't want to have to stack them.  Well, this shelf worked out perfectly! ( I don't mind stacking cans of tuna! 😊)

I picked up those large plastic containers at Walmart, for only $4.97.  The Chalkboard Labels, I purchased on Amazon.

It really made a difference putting food in these identical containers.  It makes everything looks so clean and organized!!

Can shelf

My heart is singing!!!  All of the smaller lidded containers, I've been saving.  Chia seeds and the raw cashews I purchased come in these containers. 😊  I even have a Instagram Highlight about how to easily remove the labels.

Organized Pantry Front View

Look! My Kitchen Aid is sooo easy to get to now. Yay!  Plus there was plenty of room for a few other taller appliances.


I love having my baking supplies handy.

Baking Supplies and appliances

The oils on a lazy-susan is a game changer!!!

Lazy-Susan organizer

I am loving these bins!

Organizing with bins

Organizing with bins

I picked up the white bins at the Dollar Tree! Yep! Can you believe it!  They work perfect in here!  Most of them are labeled which makes life easy!

Organizing a pantry

Everything has a home. 🙌

The woven baskets I found at Walmart for $7.96 each.  I couldn't find them online. I use them to hold chips and open snacks.


And lastly, the bottom crates and metal storage bins.  I've had the metal storage containers for years...  I'm pretty sure I picked them up at IKEA. They hold paper goods, recycles, and kitty food.  The wood crates... you won't believe it... Hubby dumpster dived for them. 🤭🤣 They hold little bags of chips for lunches and the other one is just for overflow.

Organizing with bins and storage containers

My life will never be the same.  This has ruined me!  I want all things organized like this!!

Now that it's all done, sometimes I just sit in the kitchen with the pantry doors open and stare at it!  It is so functional and easy to find things.  I don't think Hubs and I will have any problems keeping this pantry organized.  The pantry spice door freed up so much space, I have room to spare! What???!!! Room to spare??  😍

My Organized Pantry

Thanks for stopping by and reading!!


  1. This looks amazing Lori! I just cleaned mine today, but it doesn't look like that!

  2. It looks amazing, such a great job on the shelves and you have it organized beautifully.

  3. Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a
    group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the
    same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done
    a outstanding job!

  4. Keep on working, great job!

  5. Wow, you went to so much work but it was so worth it! Thanks for sharing your process, it looks amazing!!!

    1. Hi Kasandra! Yeah, it was a lot of work! But it works! 6 months later and it is still organized! That's the win in my book! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Hi there did you use an existing pantry space? or you build it from scratch? please let me know I'm in the processes to build one from scratch. But the space I have available is not square.

    1. Hi! Yes, this was an existing space that we made so much more efficient! I'm sure you will make the best use of the space you have! Hope this helped! Blessings!

  7. by the way it was a beautiful job.!!!

  8. This looks amazing! Where did you get the containers for your baking stuff? I'm hoping to use this time of Stay at Home lockdown to get my pantry organized!

    1. Hi Monica!They are the Rubbermaid Brilliance canisters.  I think I purchased these at Target in a set. Happy organizing! Stay safe!

  9. I love your pantry!! It's so beautiful and the organization is amazing!! I do have a question about the door though. Is the spice rack door pre-made or did you modify it?? Thanks! And again, beautiful pantry!!

    1. Thank you, Sherry! I actually built it! Here's is a link to the pantry door

  10. I love the makeover! How have the shelves held up? Do they show signs of bowing? I want to do this to our pantry but am worried without brackets, the shelves will start to sag in the middle. Are the wall supports enough?

    1. Hi Jen! Thanks so much! The shelves have held up fantastic! No bowing at all. That's because the back of the board is supported along the wall. The wall supports have been plenty. The widest shelf was also put together with pocket holes which give it strength where they are joined. In my opinion the wall supports are enough.

  11. Color me jealous. I love the size and how you can see everything.
    Whoever thought the builder basic bifold door was a good idea must be a man.

    1. Hi Myrna! You are so right!! hahaha! I love having access to ALL of the shelves!


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