Hey guys! I’m back with updates on the One Room Challenge for week 3! I can’t believe we’re already halfway there! You can see the intro to the project from week 1, here, and last week, I left you with a look at how we planned to move forward with the kitchen once we opened up the space!
Last week was full of major plans and some of the nitty gritty details and this week, we’re finally starting to see things come together. Once the pantry space was built, we were able to plan out the shelving in a way that best fit our food storage needs. We decided to build simple wall mounted shelves to make the most of the space.
We built the shelves around the bump out from where the new HVAC unit (check here main condition tips noted by HVAC Direct) was moved so that we would have a section of deep storage for larger items and a section of shallow storage for small items like cans, cereal boxes, etc. We also added a wall outlet for an easy access spot to charge the hand vacuum or for any other electrical needs out of sight.
We attached simple supports based on where each shelf would be located. Then, we cut out each individual shelf board to fit.
Like a puzzle, each shelf slid right into position.
I have plans to eventually paint the shelves and make the pantry space a bit more visually appealing inside, but for now, we’ve left the wood raw.
The next decision was door style for the pantry. I considered hinging bi-fold doors on their outside edges so that they opened from the center but based on the dimensions of the new pantry, we would either need to have custom doors made or build our own to fit both the width and the height of the space. This may be something we do in the future, but I eventually decided to hang fabric from a tension rod to create the necessary separation.
As soon as the curtains went up, I loved the softness that the fabric added. As you know, textiles aren’t necessarily something you think of in a kitchen. With all of the hard finishes (woods, tiles, stones, etc.) the softness of the curtain fabric felt so necessary in this small space and it really seemed to maximize the way I could use the pantry.
It’s easy to just pull the curtains to the side and have full access to every inch of space in the pantry.
The next element I decided to tackle (which you can sneak a peak at above) was painting the cabinets. Full disclosure, I ran into a bit of an issue…
The kitchen cabinets that we inherited in this house were fine. The quality was fine, I didn’t mind the door style, and I was happy with the fact that they went all the way to the ceiling, helping the space to feel taller, however, the wood finish was not working. The orange tone wood was making this already small space feel heavy, dark, and even smaller, so I knew I needed lighten them up. I decided to paint all of the cabinets with Sherwin Williams’ Pure White, a soft, creamy white that I love and that I used on all of the trim throughout the rest of the house.
Here you can see the cabinetry before…
And now after, with a fresh coat of white…
It definitely felt lighter and brighter and on the right track but something felt off. The space was starting to feel too stark and too cold and I instantly knew something needed to change. While I love an all white kitchen, I was starting to think this one was in need of something different. After some brainstorming, I’ve decided that two-toned cabinetry just might be the way to go in order to add that needed warmth to this space. Paint really is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make a change, so while it is a bit more effort, I think it’s necessary. Now, just to decide on a color!
If you’re extra observant, you may have noticed another change in the space that I haven’t touched on just yet, and that’s going to have to wait until next week! But, since you’ll have to wait on those details, I’ll leave you with a pretty satisfying “Before & After”… Am I right?!
Don’t forget to follow along with the other Participants and Guest Participants of the one room challenge! So many inspiring projects are happening!
See you next week for more progress over here!