Hey, guys. I know that I have neglected to finish up the new home tour. What’s left, you say? Umm, the pantry and the laundry. We’ll start with the pantry today. I haven’t really wanted to show you these rooms because they are still a disaster. Can you believe we’ve been in the house over six months already?
No pretty pictures here, but at least I’ll have great “before” pictures to wow you when I have “afters.” Some day. Ready? Here we go.
I seriously love pocket doors in small spaces. I can use every inch of wall inside the room. As you can see, I need every inch of space in here.
For now, we have plastic shelving on the left to hold our pantry items and small appliances. On the right is the craft stash. The desk holds my sewing machine, serger, and printer. Believe it or not, I have purged a ton of stuff. In the last house, I had basement space as well as an office/ craft room. That meant lots of space for hoarding.
One of the biggest disappointments in this house was a mistake we made when approving the official plans. Our builder uses a non-architect to draw up his plans. Big mistake on our part. We should have insisted on an architect. We overlooked the fact that he drew the walls within the space I had allocated for each room. I specifically told our builder that I hadn’t included the framing in my measurements, but that got lost somewhere in the translation to paper. I try not to think about it because it makes me feel a little sick, and I’m tired of kicking myself.
So, despite all my very specific planning for every piece of furniture in our house, none of the rooms are the correct size. In fact, the guest bedrooms are off by nearly 12 inches in each direction. The pantry is another area that the size difference is very evident.
Deep breath. I have to remind myself that I am truly blessed to have a lovely home, food in my belly, and trees. Lots of trees. Just looking out the windows does something to my soul.
So, back to the pantry. My vision for the space will need to be modified, but I would still like to see floor to ceiling cabinets along each side. Originally, I would have had space to bring the cabinets along the entire length of the walls and still have room for the desk. I think I’ll have to move the current desk, and maybe add one as part of the built-ins on one side.
That will all be somewhere down the road, though. Of course, I would love to use cabinets like we have in the kitchen, but that’s just not going to happen. I’m keeping my eyes open for a cheaper alternative. I would love to find a set of used cabinets at the Habitat ReStore. Or maybe unfinished cabinets, though they would still be more than I can spend right now.
I would really like to have a storage solution with doors to hide the clutter. Do you have any ideas for inexpensive cabinets?
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