We have two home renovation projects going at the same time. The first is our living room, where we are adding sophistication and function to an otherwise empty space, and the second is our kitchen pantry, which we need in order to be able to do simple things, like cook and eat, in the kitchen.
Here are some progress photos of the pantry so far.
When we renovated our two bedrooms, we decided to block up the closet in bedroom #2 (Max’s room) in order to give more space to our tiny, ugly kitchen. Fast forward five months and the first cut was made. While Max and I were enjoying some sun and rest in Florida, Chris was working hard to start the pantry build.
Prep included an initial design (L-shape to maximize shelf space), placing plastic sheeting and tape on the doorways (to prevent dust migration), locating the studs, investigating the materials in the wall, and setting the cut. Once he was through, we had to wire the electric to two GFI outlets (for our appliances) and an overhead light. Well, an almost-overhead light.. thanks to some difficult existing conditions and code restrictions, we went for the path of least resistance and placed it towards the top of the open wall.
After the cut, there was a lot of dusting – everywhere: every shelf, every piece of floor, every toy had to be cleaned.
We then mudded and sanded the drywall seams again. Once that was dry, we primed and painted the walls crisp white. You’ll start to see a trend towards lots of light and lots of white in these renovations.. it’s because the house, when we entered it, was dark and dirty. And that needed to be changed. But more on that in future posts.
I’ll end this with the pantry being primed and painted. Next step is adding outlets, framing the door, and designing and installing the shelving.
So far, the total project cost is $6, since we used scrap materials and had all of the tools we needed. That’s the benefit of doing a total makeover.. cost per project goes down with each additional project. And it gets easier because your skills improve. I have a love/hate thing with this house right now.. everything we do: I love. But there is so much I still really dislike about this house. Ah, well, one thing at a time.