When we moved into our new space the one thing it was missing was kitchen storageÂ – and for someone who stock piles food (me) a pantry is a must. Â We did have an awkward nook between the laundry closet and kitchen so we decided it was the perfect place to install a few shelvesÂ for a homemade pantry. Â It takes discipline to only store pretty items on the exposed shelves – so I decidedÂ my collection of old jars made the perfect touch! Â Now I just need to label them so i’m not confusingÂ the multiple types of rice.
I have to admit, we didn’t really follow any strict instructions for this DIY – it was more of a lets do it and see how it goes.
- Sturdy boards for the shelf – we had 3 (cut to size)
- stain & paint brush
- sand paper
- measuring tape
- 4 shelf brackets per shelf (we had a total of 12)
- 2 screws and fasteners per shelf bracket (we had a total of 24)
Measure the space of your nook – length, width, and depth – so you know the amount and size of shelves before heading to the hardware store. Â And remeasure – just in case. Â We went to Home Depot because they will cut the wood to size on sight. Â Once you have your wood sand and stain it – I was going for a natural look so I used 2 coats of a natural stain. Let shelves rest over night. Â Once shelves are dry use a measuring tape and the leveler to figure out where you want the shelves and then where the brackets will go. Â Now things can get tricky if you are working with a small , deep space like we were because you are screwing the bracket into the shelf (we only did this to 2 of the brackets)- so once its in you cant move the shelf to make it easier to place the 2nd and 3rd shelf. Â So start with the Top shelf – get it screwed in and then move to the middle shelf, then the bottom.