We have a good sized apartment, but the kitchen is tiny. Teeny tiny. Like, we're in a 3 bedroom & it's about half the size of the kitchen we had in a one bedroom. And what our friends think is a pantry next to our kitchen is actually a laundry area. Most of our kitchen appliances are in our hall closet, and some of the food items are stored above our washing machine!
I. hate. that. How gross? I keep it to items that are well packaged, but still.
So last night I saw a pin on Pinterest & it got me to thinking. It suggested using an old armoire as a pantry. And that's when it hit me... we have a china cabinet that we don't even use! It's just sitting in the dining room, abandoned from when we decided to start painting it 3 years ago (I didn't get very far at all).
And after moving this last time, I refused to unpack the China again until we buy a house. That leaves a bunch of awkward pictures in our cabinet & my Willow Tree items that have to be kept away from Hazelnut.
Here's the before & after:
Much better, right? Obviously, with the glass doors, using it as a pantry is out of the question, but our plates, cups & bowls fit perfectly in there! And now we have an entire 2nd cabinet in our kitchen dedicated to... food! No more storing food above the washing machine.
And I now have extra storage room in the laundry area!
I think I'm going to clean out the bottom shelves (not pictured above) & make it a kid-friendly area. Currently I'm storing baby bottles & candles in there. The bottles have to go, & I'll find another place for the candles. The knobs on the doors are very widely spaced, so there are a few extra steps to baby-proofing it. I'd rather just skip that & let her enjoy the area!