Happy Friday, everyone! Today is a weird day. Normally on the weekends, the fiancé and I have a plan: whether it’s just lounging on the couch watching How I Met Your Mother or going out for a night on the town. But tonight he is busy helping a friend move, so the girls and I are home all alone. Naturally I need something to keep my busy, so pantry-planning is full swing since I recently found a lot of interesting designs at www.weinerestates.com.
In my opinion, the pantry is one of the most important rooms in the house. Having a beautifully organized pantry just gives me a sense of calm – like even if the rest of the house is in disarray, at least I will be able to cook a delicious meal and find all of my ingredients because they are in their proper places. And while we have a way to go before our whole basement will be finished (right now we are a couple of weeks in, but more on that later!), I am getting all of my plans set for the pantry! Now, I think that any construction project professionals like sonomamountainconstructionco.com should be consulted depending on what it is, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t give it a good try yourself, especially with our background!
It is never too early to be able to start planning for future home improvement projects, after all. It gives us (me) plenty of time to be able to plan for it and get as much of an accurate representation in my mind of what I want it to look like, as well as ensuring that we have enough money to be able to cover the costs of such an extravagant project. I think I will have to look into this more closely, as I have an uneasy feeling that quite a bit of our finances went into the redecoration of the basement. Not to worry. One of my friends told me that I should look into getting home improvement loans, from somewhere like SoFi, as they are suited to projects like this. If it will help to take the financial strain off us so we can afford everything we would like when it comes to the renovation of the pantry, then I’m all for it. I wouldn’t want to waste such a great opportunity.
So, as soon as the basement has been finished, and we have found the necessary funds to be able to complete this project to the best of our ability, we can get started. And you will be the first people that I show the final design to.
In the meantime, here are some of my inspiration photos that I am working off of in terms of design:
And this is the current state of our pantry:
For the shelves themselves, our building guide is from Saw Dust Girl. I researched quite a lot of built-in shelf tutorials on the internet, and so many of them left me without an answer to the question: will these shelves hold the weight of all of our pantry items? Saw Dust Girl is the DIY tutorial we finally settled on because after taking a look around her website, she really seems to know her stuff when it comes to home construction and projects (plus the tutorial states that these shelves will be enough to hold the weight. Yay!).
Actually, as I was browsing her website, she gave me more ideas about which parts of the house that we could work on next. When you think about it, there are never too many jobs that need completing when it comes to your house. For some of us, this will be our forever home, so we’ll want to make sure that we have everything we want and need to live here forever! Although this might have to wait until we have resolved our roofing issue. We had some work done to our roof recently and are less than happy with the results so we’re looking into a construction defect lawyer in Colorado that can help us with that. But, this hasn’t stopped us from planning for what else we can do to our house, it’s just felt so cold recently because of the issues with the roof. We were telling some people about it, trying to get some advice on what we could do and that was when my friend told us to get in touch with a company like https://americanfoamexperts.com who specializes in using spray foam solutions to help increase the insulation and keep the warm air where it needs to be. In the home! Truth is, this is just one thing in a long list of jobs that need doing, and Saw Dust Girl has played a major part in this (not that I’m complaining).
So far I am learning that this is going to be a pretty large DIY project, larger than anything the fiancé and I have done on our own before! However, I have full confidence in his carpentry skills (as well as the stockpile of tools he has recently amassed at home improvement stores, garage sales, and estate sales all over town).
Right now, our plans basically consist of this:
Some drawings and a materials list. It’s definitely a start! And, of course, I have all kinds of ideas on how to spruce up the pantry a bit! Here are some ideas I’ve been bouncing around my head:
We have a host of items on the “Basement To Do List”, but the pantry right now is scheduled to be completed prior to finishing all of the paint jobs we have (ceiling, and walls, and floors, oh my!) Check back soon to see our pantry progress! I would also love to know your thoughts on these plans, so please comment below!
Please click here to see the rest of our home tour, and click below for the updates on our pantry!