Pantry Makeover (closet turned walk in pantry)

We lacked a walk in pantry in our new Pennsylvania house. Technically the kitchen has a pantry area but it’s deep cabinetry and we couldn’t find ANYTHING.


Case in point here! We didn’t even live in this house for 2 weeks before I did this project. I 100% could not live like this for another day.

Luckily we have a coat closet with double doors here on the right just off the kitchen. I decided to convert it to a walk in pantry space.

I removed an existing wire rack to clear the space and puttied.

FYI ~ The closet maid clips looked like you would use a flat head screw driver to back them out but not so! You actually get behind it with the screw driver and pop them out from the front.

I painted the inside white and used some left over wallpaper from the laundry room project to peak through my shelving. I used paper from amazon and here’s my affiliate link

Bought a cabinet at IKEA and assembled it. Guess what? I couldn’t fit it inside the closet. I knew it was supposed to fit but I didn’t calculate that the width of the opening would not allow me to push it in. And believe me I tried.

After some cursing and thinking I took it apart and rebuilt it inside the closet. There’s only 2” to spare in width so this was assembly born of pure will and spirit.

Ikea shelving that I used

Filled it using baskets from our VA pantry and a few gray felt baskets from IKEA. Ikea baskets /


Later I added. Second set of shelves for floor to almost ceiling storage!

Now we have a cute walk in pantry and reused the small pantry area area in the kitchen for baking supplies, sauces etc

If you are missing a space in your house think about repurposing another area to meet your needs!

Happy organizing- Kristen

About Laurel Dane Designs, LLC

Making our final house into a home one room at a time. This is our 11th and final home so it is unique. Every detail in this home is aimed at creating our FOREVER home. I've worked on many of my homes and clients homes so theres plenty of inspirational for all home styles here!

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