Other People's Pantries #113
From Grace, in West Virginia:
A few months go I saw a spice cabinet on this blog [Other People's Pantries #90]. A woman was sharing the spice cabinet that they had made from an ironing board cabinet that had fit between the studs of her kitchen wall. I had to drag my contractor husband to the computer and showed him what I absolutely HAD to have. This was a NEED and not a WANT.
Mike and I went to Home Depot and I was so disappointed to learn that ironing board cabinets were only 4 feet tall and 12 inches wide and they cost $169. Mike being the genius he is took me by the hand and showed me the clearance section.
We were able to buy a normal size cabinet that is 7 feet tall and 2 feet wide that had he promised me he could adapt to my NEEDS. The best part of this was the cabinet was only $119. I couldn’t get out my debit card fast enough. We came home and put this baby into the wall the same day. It is five inches deep and perfectly accommodates the large containers of spices that I can get at Sam’s Club.
We haven’t put the molding on the top of the cabinet yet but I just had to share. We used all of the cabinet to do this. For the shelves we used the big shelves and cut them down to 5 inches deep. I sized how far apart I wanted the shelves to be. You can see how I organized them below. The first picture is how it looks with the door closed. We added two coats of cherry stain and 2 coats of polyurethane to get the look below. This is also what we have our new kitchen cabinets in as well. It all matches perfectly.
On the top shelves I have spices in large containers. They taper down from there. The small bottles of spices can be two deep. I have tried to keep them alphabetized as well to make cooking quicker. For those shocked by the size of my baking powder container on the bottom shelf, the answer is yes, I really do use a lot of baking powder. Since becoming a diabetic I do all of my cooking and baking from scratch. I love to cook.
The drawers caused a bit of a problem. With them only being 5 inches deep, I couldn’t have drawers pulling out of the wall. I had to use hinges and have the drawers flip down. I use the top ‘drawer’ to hold my Jello’s and muffin/cupcake, cookie supplies.
In the second ‘drawer’ I keep small tubs of spices that I get at the local Amish market. Of course I use my labeller to organize them. I also use the labeller to put the purchase date on the back of my spice bottles so that I can tell when I should replace them.
On the bottom two shelves of the cabinet I keep my oils, vinegar, vanilla and mortar to grind my spices. I also store my other bottle items that I use on a regular basis. I love to cook Asian meals, of course making them low carb.
I have additional pantry pictures on my blog that show my 8 foot wide 10 foot tall closet that was converted to a pantry to maintain my stockpile of items.
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*There are nine more pantries to share. If you'd like this feature to continue -- if you've been meaning to send your photos but haven't gotten around to it -- please send in your pantry photos. I'll keep featuring them every Saturday as long as you keep sending them. Watch for a new Saturday feature (one you'll all want to participate in) when we close the doors on Other People's Pantries.