Now that the holidays have come and gone, we are back to share more home updates with you. There are still quite a few that we have yet to show you, and many more that are currently in the works!
After living in our home for a couple of months, we realized one very important aspect missing from our kitchen. A pantry.
We knew something was weird when had to move cups and plates to make room for cereal and crackers in our cupboards. Then, we decided, after very generous friends and family showered us with lots of (small) kitchen appliances for our wedding that we had NO place to put our new wares.
That's where this next project comes in. Our closet/pantry addition.
With our extra wide "back foyer" area we had plenty of room to add a coat closet and pantry. Here's what it looked like before.
First, we tore down the chair rail and baseboards and measured with chalk on the tile, where we wanted our new closets to go.
Then, Alan framed up the walls
Next, the sheetrock, and doors were installed
Then, everything got a fresh coat of paint
Next, we installed crown molding throughout the entire foyer and hallway and this is how our new back foyer looks today.
Our coat closet holds, well, coats, along with our vacuum and some of Alan's extra beer brewing supplies.
And, our pantry, the workhorse, holds all of our food, serving dishes, Alan's home brewed beer, all of our small appliances, cookbooks, aprons, and any bulk items we might have that don't fit in the kitchen.
This (almost)weekend project (with the exception of multiple mudding coats that drywall always takes) came in at under $500, and, we pretty much don't know how we lived without these things! We use them everyday. We even catch ourselves asking one another "What did we do before we built these?" We really don't know where everything went before.
In addition to the project being cheap cheap cheap, you can't even tell they were added, they literally fit right in, like they were supposed to always be there. I think that maybe the builders of our house just forgot to put them in and didn't feel like going back to fix it.
So, long story short, we love our closet and pantry addition! It's never felt so good to have the things we use everyday so organized and accessible!