Inexpensive Food Storage Expansion – Day 1

It was called a pantry, but as small as it was, I called it a broom closet for food.

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                        The Broom Closet Pantry Before

Homely little thing, isn’t it (and I stress little)? Not to mention, barely enough room to store a month’s worth of food.

Actually, I love to cook for family and friends, and that requires storage room, which I didn’t have. And did I tell you, I also love to can and preserve food in various ways?

So What Did We Do? I Gave Up My Desk

3 years ago, I made the move from desktop to laptop. With that switch, came the unused desk, aka “catch-all”.

Built into the wall next to the pantry, the desk served its purpose, for a time. It did give me some small cabinets above, but nothing to write home about in the storage for food issue.

When I came home from work, about 6 months ago, my husband met me at the door and said, “I just had a brain storm.” Now, I don’t know about you, but when my husband says something like that, I want to run. All I could say was, “Uh oh!” His answer? “Don’t worry, it’s a great idea.”

Uh oh……..

Needless to say, I was wrong (thank goodness).

He had a great  idea for an inexpensive food storage expansion by removing the desk, extend the pantry; so simple yet ingenious. So I picked up a couple extra freelance jobs, we bought the material and off we went.

Step 1: Tear it Down

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                                    Going, Going, Gone

I think this was the hardest part about the whole project, mainly because it was so messy; sheet rock dust everywhere. But, I must admit, it was kind of fun taking a swing at the wall.

Step 2: Framing it In

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                                      Framing Going Up

The framing was completed the first half of day one. It surprised me how quickly it went up and it was relatively easy to do.

Step 3: Now the Walls

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Sheet Rock Walls are Up

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      Track for Sliding Barn Style Doors

This was the last job at the end of day one. It went a lot smoother than we anticipated and much quicker.

Look for my “Day 2” post to see the final results and a rundown of what we spent. With a little research and some creative ideas, it cost a lot less than what you might think.

 

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