So in honor of the New Year, I have been on the hunt for the best organization pins. I have spent many blissful hours over the last couple months finding solutions for clutter, unorganization, and to be honest, just plain ugliness. One thing I saw over and over was the use of glass jars with chalkboard labels in the pantry.
PINspired by this idea, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought several sizes of jars with metal lids and self adhesive chalkboard paper. (Hobby Lobby often runs a 50% off glassware sale- so the jars are very affordable! I have made it a habit to grab a few every time I go so I can gradually build up my stash.)
When I got home I went to work and cut out several cute labels and started organizing some food into my new fun jars. Excited I placed my new jars in my old pantry- and was disappointed that my pantry didn't instantly look like all the pins I kept finding.
This is a snapshot from the doorway of my 100 year old farmhouse pantry:
Chaos. Unorganization. This pantry does not scream to me to "cook something"... instead it makes me happy that I can just close the door and not look at it anymore.
Lucky for me Pinterest has a solution for this!
(and I have found hundreds of drool worthy examples- you can check them out here)
I completely emptied the pantry and got to work. I painted all the wooden shelving black. The shelving is old and rickety and since we are not planning on replacing the wood anytime soon, I decided a good coat of black paint would camouflage the flaws and give the pantry an instant face lift.
I had found a roll of pretty textured wallpaper on the top shelf of a closet when we first moved in, and I have been saving it for a special project. I decided to wallpaper the walls behind the shelf.
Matt and I spent a weekend working on this project, and I LOVE the results!
Here are pictures of the new pantry:
here is a closeup of the wallpaper:
I know the flash put a glare on it, but you can see the pretty detail! I love it!
See the shelf at the top with the notches? I *think* that is for drying herbs? If anyone knows, please tell me.
Now that the pantry is finished (minus the new wood floor we will be putting in sometime this year) I am taking the opportunity to go through all the food that was in the pantry and to clean out and organize it.
Here is the final project: My Pinterest Inspired Dream Pantry!!!
Everyone that has seen it is very impressed, especially me! I love my new farmhouse pantry! :)