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Pantry Cabinet 2.0

When I left off with the Pantry Cabinet project, I was successfully hiding my Trader Joe’s hoard. But there is obviously still a lot of wasted storage space. Even if I pile things like crazy…..

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Lucky for me, I have crafty parents, specifically a father with his own woodworking shop.  So while they were visiting a couple months ago they took measurements for shelves to add to the cabinet.  I returned from the Holiday break with my new freshly cut oak plywood shelves in need of a paint job.

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They may not be flashy, but they will add the storage without having to drill or damage the outer walls of the pantry.  I looked at options at Home Depot and Ikea, but everything needed to be drilled, anchored, or affixed.  So thanks to my dad’s skills, I had some sturdy shelves perfectly measured for my pantry with no other hardware needed.

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I used the same white paint and primer as on the outside of the cabinet.

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After one coat of primer and two coats of semi-gloss, and a few paw prints………I had shiny happy shelves ready to go!

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I then let them dry a full 24 hours before throwing them in the pantry.

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Here’s the first “leg” going in on the left side of the pantry. Once they other one is in place I just slide in the top of the shelf.  I lucked out in that everything fit perfectly, if it hadn’t, I would have sanded the edges until I had a good fit.

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Look at that organizing magic!!! Here’s a closeup of the back corner of the new shelf, to show how snug it fits into the inside of the cabinet.

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So pretty, so much more room for hoarding………I should have hid the junk food, only put the healthy snacks in front….. next time.

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Now the pantry has gone from sad sad cabinet sitting in the rain, to a four shelf kitchen pantry with tons of storage hidden by cute craftsmanship.

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Are you a fellow Trader Joe’s hoarder? Any creative solutions for limited kitchen storage?

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