Kitchen Pantry Decor

Kitchen Pantry Decor: How to maximize space and storage on a budget.  Here’s how to get the most of the pantry you’ve got!

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The Kitchen Pantry is finally done! I am so glad to be able to share this project with you!

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Kitchen Pantry Decor

Kitchen pantry’s are hard to come by these days. Many homes have larger kitchens and the old fashioned pantry harder to find. We happen to be in an old house with a smaller kitchen that has less storage. However, our pantry is HUGE.

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This is what our kitchen looks like. We recently repainted and I love the new aqua color. As you can see we don’t have a ton of cabinet space, but we do have a nice big walk in pantry. Actually, we have two of them.

The first pantry, is a pass through to the other one. It is a very awkward layout, and when we purchased the house we had big ideas of remodeling the entire kitchen. Alas, I don’t think we will ever get around to it. It is a much larger project than we could have anticipated.

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The Walk Through Pantry

This part of the kitchen pantry is what we call the “walk through” pantry. It’s a relatively small space that we use for extra storage off the kitchen. The wall at the back is the actual pantry area. Note: The wall will be removed soon for even more space.

See that green floor? I can’t wait to get rid of it! More on that later.

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These open shelves are mainly used for our Isagenix products, vitamins, shakes and so forth. You can read more about that post here. I have plans for my hubby to build a nice barn door and more shelves for this space. He just doesn’t know it yet. Ha!

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The back kitchen pantry

Around the wall in the back end of the pantry we have more shelves. It’s a bit of a hike from the kitchen to get there, but it’s worth it. We have floor to ceiling shelves for all of our large cooking pans and bulk food storage that doesn’t fit into the few cabinets in the kitchen. In my dreams we would have a wine bar and sink back here.

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The Stenciled Pantry Wall

The stencil is Augusta Tile stencil from The Cutting Edge Stencils. I love the subtle pattern the aqua blue paint makes with the light background color. Our shelves were exactly 12″ apart so it was easy to stencil the wall behind the shelves without having to remove them. I used a foam brush with the stencil for a clean look. Last summer I used the same Augusta Tile stencil for a rustic sign that I made. Read that post here.

Kitchen Pantry Decor with large glass Jars|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com I will have more on how I organized this space soon! The pantry was not this clean when I started!

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WIRE RACK FOR CANNED GOODS

PLASTIC BLUE TOP CEREAL CONTAINERS

BLUE WIRE BASKETS

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WOODEN WINE CRATE

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The other pantry wall has large wooden shelves that hold my cookbooks, wooden bowls, extra plates, etc. Many of these items I use for staging my food photos, and it’s nice to have a place to keep them nearby so I can grab them when needed.

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And above the entire back pantry, is this huge hole in the ceiling. There used to be a stair case here. The former owners of our home removed the stairs and never repaired the hole. Who does that? This will be our next DIY project, coming soon!

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Omnibus by Veritas Press

 

Rustic Stenciled Sign

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Good day friends! Hope you are enjoying your summer. I have been working on a number of projects behind the scenes, but have finally completed one of them. This Rustic Stenciled Sign is just the thing to personalize your garage or barn.

Here in Wisconsin we often see personalized Barn Quilts as you drive though the countryside. I decided to make my own version. It’s a little different because it’s long and narrow instead of square, but I felt like this shape has more of a unique character.

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The sign was made from some old cedar fence boards that a friend gave me. We used three fencing boards, two on the front and one to hold them together on the back side. The boards were trimmed to 36″ long, nailed and glued together. We used a bit of old chain to hang the sign on the wall.

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The wood was very dry and rough, so the first thing I did was to sand it down a bit with a sanding block. Then the boards were stained with an English Ironstone White Stain to give them uniform color.

Generally, you aren’t supposed to use stencils on rough surfaces. However, my first rule of blogging is to break all the rules, so I did it anyway. I like the weathered appearance the rough texture gives the pattern. I used acrylic paints and a stencil brush to apply the design with the stencil. This pattern is Cutting Edge Augusta Tile Stencil.

Rustic Stenciled Sign and Chair

A final coat of satin polyurethane protects the sign from the elements. Hummmm, I may have to move it inside so I can see it more often.

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Off to work on some more fun projects!

 

 

 

Simple Pillow Tutorial

Finished Pillows

This post was sponsored by Fairfield World. Any opinions given are completely my own.

I have spent the last few days working on the porch decorating. I have been sewing pillows left and right. I can’t wait to share the entire project with you! This week’s fun project is sewing a Simple Pillow.

Wicker Sofa and porch

There are still a few more things to finish on the porch, but I thought I would give you a peek at what we have done so far.

The inspiration for this room came from this beautiful Tommy Bahama fabric. It just screams summer to me. I love the green and blue tones, it makes the outdoors feel closer some how.

Pillow with a hand

This Simple Pillow Tutorial is part of my Learn to Sew series. It’s easy enough for a beginner, but has a few little tricks that make fun for anyone to learn. Thanks to Fairfield World for sponsoring this post!

Sofa with yellow and paisley pillows

I used 18″ x 18″ pillow forms from Fairfield World for this project. They are very nice quality, and the size is big enough to fill in the space nicely behind your back and the rather prickly wicker sofa.

I cut my fabric with 1″ of ease in both directions for the pillows. This extra room makes it easy to slip the pillow form inside the cover without it being too tight. I cut my fabric 19″ x 19″ to give it plenty of room inside and compensate for any shrinkage in washing later on.

I use 100% cotton thread when I sew, it’s a bit heavier and holds up very well in the machine. It is also the best choice if you are a beginner sewer. You can find it labeled as thread for machine quilting, it’s a bit more expensive than the regular polyester/cotton variety but it is well worth it.

I put together a little video tutorial for this project, hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

Why You Need to Learn to Sew

Quilted Hexagon Table Runner

You may have noticed that I love to sew. I have dozens of sewing projects in my blog repertoire, sewing is one of my favorite things to do. Here’s why:

Finished fabric stack

 

  1. Believe it or not, I can sew just about anything cheaper than I can buy it. The only exception is with specialty items like winter coats or sequined evening gowns. Most of us already own a coat and few of us actually wear evening gowns. I suspect most people today would like to learn to sew to save a few bucks here and there, alter the clothes they already own or just for their own knowledge. At any rate, learning to sew will save you MONEY.

Kids Travel Pillow

2.  I can sew faster than I can order things online and have them sent through the mail. You would be amazed at how quickly you can make things at home that cost a considerable amount of money to buy in a retail store. I often go shopping and come home with nothing except photos in my phone of things I want to make, or ideas for those I can make cheaper than I can actually buy them.

Cutting out the tree appliqué

3.  I can whip up gifts at a moments notice. This is a huge benefit of sewing. Once you have a stash of fabric and supplies built up, there is no stress in putting together a last minute gift that is unique and special because you made it just for them.

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4. I can sew my own clothes or make clothes for others. Let’s face it, it’s really hard to find things that fit, that in your price range and look really great. It takes time and a bit of patience to sew your own clothes, but it is well worth it. You will be able to make better fitting, longer lasting garments than you can buy in the store.

DIY: How to Hem Jeans

5. You can alter or repair the clothes you already own. Even if you have no time or desire to sew your own clothes, by learning to sew you can repair the ones you already have. If you pay someone else to hem slacks or skirts, shorten sleeves, repair worn spots, or replace zippers it is far cheaper to learn to do this yourself. You can even get paid by your friends to do it for them! Plus, it’s fun!

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6. You can sew fun projects for your home decor. Let’s say for example, you see a cute pillow that you love in the store. Small decorative pillows run anywhere from $13.00 on up. You can make one your self for less money that you will like better! Not to mention, it’s easy to cover an old pillow with a new cover that you can make yourself for free!

I can even leap over my sewing machine in a single bound. Well, not really.

But, you know what I mean? Sewing and making my own stuff is part of my Homemade Super Thrifty existence, without it life would be very dull indeed. And expensive!

I am hoping that you love to sew too. But, perhaps you never had an opportunity to learn?

Here’s your chance! I am starting a new sewing series call SEW FIRE. I chose this name because I am passionate about sewing and can teach you to sew IN A FLASH. When I went to Googled this title, I discovered an article about a tragic fire in New York’s garment district  in 1911. Hundreds of young women lost their lives trying to escape from a building where they were seamstresses. This really touched me, and I decided that SEW FIRE was also a way to recognize the garment workers who sew for pennies in deplorable conditions even today. I have been inside similar buildings in the garment district of NYC, and let me tell you, they aren’t pretty. I fact, many of them are downright scary. I can’t imagine being trapped in one by a fire. If you would like to read more about this tragic fire, click here.

This Sew Fire series is for those of you who have never sewn a stitch in your life, don’t know how to turn on a sewing machine, or even thread it. This series is sewing from the VERY, VERY BEGINNING.

You are going to love it! I am doing weekly videos on Facebook Live and posting additional tutorials here on the blog and my You Tube Channel.

Here’s the introduction teaser video:

Join me on FB live Monday and Wednesday mornings, 10:00am CST for the Sew Fire series!

I am really excited about this, and I have much more in store for you here on the blog including some free printables that I am working on!

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Guest Room Update

Guest room before painting with white walls and brown floor tile

We spent our recent vacation Florida at my sons house at the beach. It was loads of fun, but it’s hard for me to just be on vacation without a project. As much as I love relaxing, there is something so satisfying in tackling something new and finishing it. My son requested that e help him renovate his spare bedroom. We were happy to comply.

The guest room was small, only 10′ x 10′. The stark white color was dingy, and not very inviting. It also made the old floor tile look worse than ever. Most of the time, I love white rooms, however this one just didn’t have any pizazz.

The room had a few built ins, which was definitely a plus. It also had multiple wires and pipes here and there. These comber some elements are not moveable, we just had to find a way to minimalize their presence.

The bad thing was that there was only one window in the room, and no heat to speak of. It is Florida, so that’s not so terribly bad. After all, how cold can it be?

My son requested a shade of blue for this painting project, we headed to the local Lowes for inspiration. We don’t have a Lowes in our area so it was lots of fun to see what sort of things that they carried.

 

We ended up with this Slate Blue by Sherwin Williams. This Ovation product has the primer already in it, so it’s a one coat coverage product. This is a deeper color than you might expect to use in a small room. The darker shade makes a small room feel bigger, the walls visually recede and the room seems to expand. We left the white trim to keep the room balanced and give it lots of contrast.

As soon as we started rolling the paint on, I loved it! I was amazed at how welcoming and large the small room felt.

We left the recessed panel white as a focal point for the room. I also thought it would be a perfect spot for storing things above the bed since our son didn’t have a head board, and there wasn’t room for side tables because the room was so small.

By the way, remember those old pipes? They are still there, you just can’t see them because the dark color makes them disappear into the wall. You can barely make the out on the right hand of the photo.

With a few accessories, the room was ready to go! I love the beige and brown tones with this blue!

We had to leave before we got all the furniture into the room. My son moved in all his things after we left, but it was short lived because the temperatures dropped and he was sleeping in a 35 degree space without heat. Needless to say, he moved back into another room, so this room remains empty at least until summer.

Isn’t that sad?