Prettier Pantry

Avatar Katelyn | February 16, 2015 41 Views 0 Likes 0 Ratings

We never really expected to upgrade our pantry in this house, but when I was hit with the sudden urge to clean it out and get rid of old stuff it was the perfect opportunity to beautify the pantry a bit. Mid-clean you can see that our pantry is nothing fancy but nothing terrible either.


It’s not the biggest, but it’s plenty of room for our little family of two. The main problem we had with it was that the shelves were not so pretty. And not so functional. They look alright from far away, but when you get up close…


You’ll notice that each shelf is made of two pieces. These two pieces were uneven and bowing, so when you tried to slide something to the back or pull something out it would catch. Also, these shelf-pieces were covered in layers of painted-over contact paper which tended to get beat up on the edges (and it’s kinda gross too).

So we thought it would be pretty easy to say goodbye to the old shelves and say hello to some pretty new ones. Hello pretty new ones.


We went to home depot and picked up some nice plywood and trim pieces, and cut the plywood to the size we needed our shelves to be. Then Evan nailed the trim pieces to one edge of each shelf (the edge that would be facing out). You can sorta see the trim piece that is attached to the top of the shelf below. But I know, it’s hard to notice things like trim when you’re distracted by that dazzling smile.


Here, now you can see the trim :P


He also sunk the nails so that we could add wood filler and stain right over them (so that in the end it would look pretty seamless and you wouldn’t be able to tell there were nails).


Evan then sanded the edges that we had cut when cutting the shelves to size. The cuts were a little rough but they sanded right out.


While we were in the garage, Mochi was having a pantry party.

mochi pantry

Then Evan started the longer-than-expected staining and sealing process.

Maknig new pantry shelves -

The reason it took so long was because of the required wait time between multiple coats of sealant. We wanted to make sure our shelves had a nice solid seal to make them spill-proof and easily wipe-able (since they’d be around food) so we had to do a few coats of the stuff. And after each coat you had to let it completely dry, give it a light sand, and then reapply.

But its ok, we used the wait time to buy a few organizing baskets from Target so we could ditch the cardboard boxes that had been serving that purpose for way too long (scroll back up to earlier photos to see that sadness).

After much patient waiting, I was so excited to load everything back into the pantry with our new and improved shelves! The wood is so pretty and shiny and smooth. It looks great AND is super easy to clean.

Maknig new pantry shelves -

Maknig new pantry shelves -

Never thought I’d be so proud of our little pantry! It’s come a long way *tear*


This post currently has 8 responses.

    • Katelyn

      February 16, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks! We would love to do closet makeovers- we have tiny his & hers closets so some space-saving organization is much needed!

  1. Maria

    February 17, 2015 at 11:06 am

    That’s awesome! I think I love every single post you do, haha. I would never think to stain pantry shelves. We don’t have a real one; instead have a white/paint-splattered makeshift garage-storage-thing that we use a pantry that we want to re-do, but it’s laminate so I don’t know how to do it yet. Now I want to get new shelves and stain them dark like this. Awesome!

  2. Katelyn

    February 17, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Awww thanks! The wood was pretty cheap and the stain/sealant we already had so this was definitely a cheap and pretty easy project- you could totally do it! Just requires some patience waiting for the sealant to dry.

  3. Katrina Widener

    March 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Katelyn,
    My name is Katrina Widener and I’m a digital editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Here at BHG, we love your blog and would be interested in working with you on a project. If you are also interested, please email me at

  4. Lauren

    May 3, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Katelyn ! I’ve just found your blog & i LOVE it ! I originally stumbled upon it when looking up DIY Marquee light tutorials. Honestly, reading your blog i could swear it was almost my life, except i live in Australia & my name is Lauren :) Hahaha so looking forward to reading more from you both :( Big Love ! Lauren

    • Katelyn

      May 6, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Hi Lauren!! Thank you so much! Haha you should start a blog so we can be blog/life twins from other sides of the planet :D We are excited to write more posts (we have lots of projects we’ve worked on- just very little time to write these days! Life gets crazy cray) <3

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