DIY Pantry Organization

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in kitchen, organization, pantry | 31 comments

If you were my neighbor……and you needed ketchup (catsup)…you would be in luck.

Seems that I have 3 full bottles.

Why would I have 3 full bottles, you ask?

Because until last week my pantry was a TOTAL DISASTER!

But my friends in blog world totally inspired me

…and I have a very handy dad 🙂

So here is my DIY Pantry Organization!

Pantry Makeover @ DaisyMaeBelle

Pantry Makeover @ DaisyMaeBelle

I started with this.

A decent size walk-in pantry with typical wire shelving.

{That all of your cans and boxes tip over when they fall off of the little wires.}


So I called my dad and shared my dreams and visions for my new ultra-organized country-store styled pantry.

Building Pantry Shelves @ DaisyMaeBelle

I gave him all of my measurements,

and he headed to the lumber yard,

and then to his shop.

Where he cut out 36 of these braces.

Building Pantry Shelves @ DaisyMaeBelle

Which we screwed in from the top of the shelf

Building Pantry Shelves @ DaisyMaeBelle

placing 3 on each shelf.

Installing Pantry Shelves @ DaisyMaeBelle

We secured the shelves to the walls

Installing Pantry Shelves @ DaisyMaeBelle

using screws every 16 inches

from the top of the shelf.

{Each shelf is 12″ deep.}

Installing Pantry Shelves @ DaisyMaeBelle

We spaced each of the shelves 12″ apart.

We cut 2 pieces of wood that were each 12″

that we used to space the shelves

and were also handy to help support the shelf

while we screwed it into the wall.

{My dad is a genius!}

Organized Pantry @ DaisyMaeBelle

My dad also made this super handy

wrap and baggie holder.

{I told you he was a genius 🙂 }

Organized Pantry @ DaisyMaeBelle

Notice the little clipboard…

…that is where my weekly menu is going to go.

{Yes, I am going to be THAT organized!}

Organized Pantry @ DaisyMaeBelle

And this clipboard will hold a sheet of paper where I will write what we need from the grocery store each week.

{I’m smiling, just thinking about how organized I am going to be 🙂 }

Organized Pantry @ DaisyMaeBelle

I will only allow myself to save enough bags

that will fit into this cute wire wall basket.

{No more hoarding bags!}

Pantry Makeover @ DaisyMaeBelle

Granola bars and fruit cups each have their own basket.

Pantry Makeover @ DaisyMaeBelle

As do coffee, granola and oatmeal.

{I’m squealing with delight!}

Organizing with Mason Jars @ DaisyMaeBelle

And who knew how cute tea bags could be in mason jars?!

Organizing with Mason Jars @ DaisyMaeBelle

And who knew that Walmart has these giant mason jar canisters?!

Perfect for sugar and flour.

Organized Pantry @ DaisyMaeBelle

Notice these 2 super sweet canisters?

Well, my husband bought those for me many moons ago when we first got married.

And we were totally poor.

I will never forget it.

We were walking around the mall and I saw those super cute canisters that would be perfect in our apartment,

because my kitchen had a “fruit” theme.

But they were $10 a piece! $10 a piece!

We didn’t have that kind of money.

But as I walked to the front of the store I couldn’t find him anywhere.

Until, I noticed that he was in the checkout lane.

Buying me those extravagant canisters.

{Now I’m crying just remembering that moment.}

So they will be in my pantry until I no longer have a pantry.

And my daughters will always know the story of those canisters,

and I will pass them down to them one day.

Organized Pantry @ DaisyMaeBelle

Ok let’s get off of memory lane and back to this new pantry!

Pantry Makeover @ DaisyMaeBelle

Where everything has it’s place!

A couple of details:

I painted the walls Toasted Almond by Porter

and I used Annie Sloan dark wax on all of the shelves and braces.

Life to the full!



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  1. You know what you’ll have started now don’t you? We’ll all have to go out to buy those awesome baskets and those huge ball canisters at Walmart. I love those canisters and your baskets. It’s great you put different kinds of baskets for different type of stuff for your pantry so you’ll remember better what’s in what?
    Wow that was great of your Dad to make all those shelves and brackets. Those wire shelves are a pain aren’t they? Your Dad did a great job, looks so nice.
    I miss my nice big pantry in our KY house, it was so great, could stash all kinds of stuff in that little room. I was tickled when I discovered it when we moved in, was right by kitchen and the hall, craft room right behind the kitchen and hall. I’d clean it out, organize it and before I knew it, whamo, it was a mess again. I organized that pantry many times in the 5 yrs. we lived there.
    I had a nice big room I did my crafts in also. I could look out the windows to back yard, about 4:30 or so it was exceptionally pretty, the way the trees and grass looked, the shadows. My son had put the windows in to replace a door. He knows how I love to look out. I had shelves all around above the windows, on walls to keep “stuff” off the floor or tables.

    I think we were really dumb to leave that house to come here. We’d be there alone now since son moved back to San Diego but would have given us more of a nudge to make more friends. Regrets, shame on me.
    I love your black board bird. How big is it? Would you mind measuring it for me so I’ll know what to tell hubs. That would be great to hang up anywhere. Have you shown that on a post before? It really is nice looking and versatile.
    Since you’ve inspired me so much I’ll have to get busy. Hope you’re having a good weekend.

  2. beautiful! the wood shelves are gorgeous!

  3. the pantry looks great! I wish I had a room like that!

  4. Beautiful! Love having everything in it’s place and forget those wire shelves. I so understand how frustrating those are!


  5. Amazing! I love an organized pantry!

  6. Your pantry looks awesome, and your earthly Father also did a great job of
    taking care of you, what an example he is of our Fathers love!

    Blessings, and enjoy that wonderful pantry. Your dad is a genius
    That rack he made for your tin foil and stuff was super.

  7. Your pantry is awesome Melissa. You did a fabulous job. 🙂

  8. Oh my goodness, this look amazing. I love how organized you are and the new shelves are fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  9. Your pantry is gorgeous! Both pretty and functional! You are so blessed to have such a handy dad! Kudo’s to you both.

  10. That is such a sweet story about the canisters!! 🙂

  11. Love your new pantry, you did a wonderful job organizing everything. So many great ideals, hope you don’t mind if I use a few of them, although I don’t know if I can be as organized as you. I have a rather large food pantry and hope to have the dish pantry finished in the next couple of months, now the flooring is on back order. Thanks again for sharing.

  12. Your pantry looks AWESOME!!

  13. Beautiful! Just like your whole house! Love it!

  14. Your pantry looks fantastic! So pretty and so organized! Now I need to get mine organized and cleaned out too…. thanks for the inspiration! 😉

  15. There’s nothing wrong with 3 bottles of ketchup. At my house that might last a month. Then we would need 3 more. I actually buy it in a bigger container and we divide it between 3 containers (we refill them) because the big container is under $3. Here’s my pantry: I don’t think you can see the ketchup containers, though 🙂 But I try to keep quite a few!

  16. Wow ! Your pantry is amazing ! Your Dad did a great job ! Love your Mason Jar canisters and your special glass fruit canisters 🙂

  17. That is amazing! You and your dad did a great! I love your clipboard ideas and plan on using that as my lists are just laying on the counter and always getting lost. Then it’s like ” what was I going to make tonight?” “What did I need?” . Excited to try out those! Thanks!

  18. That looks absolutely wonderful. What a big job and well done! What an accomplishment! xo Diana

  19. This is awesome. I don’t have a walk in but this would work and I could reach things. I saw those large jars at Wal-Mart today and was amazed. I just might go back & get some. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Looks amazing! Well done you. I love the story of the canisters aww tear jerker! Your dad is fantastic! We made a new pantry last year and I still love it ( saves so much money being super organized. Oh and everything looks great in mason jars! I love them so much. There is so much you can do with them. Mx

  21. Awesome transformation!!
    Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  22. OK, I have pantry jealousy. Love this space. If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party going on now:

  23. Wow, that looks awesome! The wooden shelves really make it look so cozy and classy.

  24. Your pantry looks awesome!!! I love all your matching baskets and jars!

  25. I have a closet almost exactly the same size and we already have the wood shelves, but it is a mess! I love the idea for the bags and plastic wrap, etc holders. I need to do that. I find that all the stuff that I had originally put on the higher shelves ends up on the middle, easy to reach shelves, making the huge mess of things. I guess I need to reevaluate what we use on a regular basis.

  26. How fun! I was just asking my hubby what he thought of replacing our wire shelves with stained wood to replicate a RH shelf I love but don’t have the space for. His first question was how to stain the pine boards and now I know and have a picture to show him! I do have a question about the shelves though – did you essentially sandwich the boards between the brackets and the top braces that you screwed in every 16″ or are those top boards also attached to the shelves? Thanks ~ I just found your blog and love it.

  27. Your pantry looks identical to mine (but mine is the “before” with the sagging wire shelves)… same exact size and set-up. is yours a Ryan Home by chance? I have been wanting to ditch the wire shelves for 5 years now and you have given me the inspiration I need! Thank you, and nice job!

  28. Okay, you inspired me to get my pantry in order (and yes, i even switched out the shelves to wood ones!). Here are some pictures:

  29. do the mason jar canisters hold a 5 lb bag of flour?

  30. I keep trying to talk hubby into letting me rip our shelving out and start over but he isnt going for it. Great makeover Melissa!

  31. So nice! Found you via google search for pantry makeovers!


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