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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Pantry Makeover

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Pantry Makeover

Hey Modern Farmhouse Girl!

The first thing you need to understand about my pantry is this: it has fluorescent lighting.

The second thing you need to understand about my pantry is this: it has fluorescent lighting. 

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Now that I know you've fully taken in the fact that I have fluorescent lighting in my pantry, we can continue—and you can excuse the lighting in all of these photos that I couldn't take outside :) 

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One more word about the lighting before we move on. If I had the budget (to install new electrical in the pantry and add a $100+ light fixture), I would have totally installed a modern farmhouse style light one. Obvi. Maybe something like this, which would still keep my pantry nice and bright:

Hashtag shiplap. Hashtag buffalo check. Hashtag fresh flowers. 

Hashtag shiplap. Hashtag buffalo check. Hashtag fresh flowers. 

Now to my pantry makeover! The first thing I did (which I can't find good before/after pictures of) was to fix all of the white wire shelving in my kitchen pantry. Not pretty, I know, but it was cheaper to leave what I had and fix it—most of the shelves needed reinforcing after 30 years of use...and dusting!—than rip the existing shelving out and install new shelving. (Of course, that would have been a REAL BIG transformation which would have looked great. Open floating shelving? Do ittt if you have the budget!) 

Next, I patched all of the holes in the pantry (left by the previous homeowners) with a wall patch kit from Lowe's like this one:

My first experience with one of these was in an apartment I was renting with a friend. I had gotten really into yoga, was trying a headstand in our living room and put my FOOT through the wall when I fell out of it. I can vouch for these patch kits: they WILL fix a foot size hole (and I'm a size 9.5 women's shoe!).

My first experience with one of these was in an apartment I was renting with a friend. I had gotten really into yoga, was trying a headstand in our living room and put my FOOT through the wall when I fell out of it. I can vouch for these patch kits: they WILL fix a foot size hole (and I'm a size 9.5 women's shoe!).

And here are some pretty ugly before pictures (remember what we talked about at the beginning of this post?)!:

Crazy holes ERRRYWHERE that I had to patch

Crazy holes ERRRYWHERE that I had to patch

Some patching progress! BTW, that  plastic bag holder by Simplehuman  ($14.99, Bed Bath & Beyond) matches my  Simplehuman trash can  which I absolutely love and is totally worth it if you have a lot of plastic bag clutter. 

Some patching progress! BTW, that plastic bag holder by Simplehuman ($14.99, Bed Bath & Beyond) matches my Simplehuman trash can which I absolutely love and is totally worth it if you have a lot of plastic bag clutter. 

Full-effect BEFORE. The color in here was a yellowish off-white. YUCK.

Full-effect BEFORE. The color in here was a yellowish off-white. YUCK.

Now that I've scared you with terribly lit photos, I'll get to the fun part of my pantry makeover: decorating! Once the walls were washed, patched, and I painted them (three coats!) of fresh white paint, I got right to my favorite thing: shopping. 

If you’re going for a Modern Farmhouse look, don’t be afraid to shop at a REAL farm store. I love walking through Tractor Supply for inspiration, and they sell some cute home decor pieces, too!

Here's what you're seeing in the above slides:

  • Garden caddy ($14.99 Tractor Supply) — to hold onions, leeks and garlic
  • "Lettuce Be Thankful" Sign ($5 Tractor Supply) — fun decoration!
  • 10 qt. Galvanized Pail ($5.99 Tractor Supply) — to hang from an S hook and hold my aprons, but you could use these for all sorts of things
  • 4 qt. Galvanized Hog Pans x2 ($2.99 each, Tractor Supply) — to hold food in the pantry (these are also a super cute and SUPER cheap substitute for a more expensive modern farmhouse coffee table tray)
  • Striped baskets (cheap from Walmart) — to hold snack foods I don't want to see every day
  • Picture of my mom to make me smile when go into the pantry! Frame from Home Goods. 
  • Rug from Dash & Albert—bought from a local vintage and antiques store to add color!
  • More baskets (also cheap from Walmart)—to hold baking supplies and dry goods
  • Not pictured: an ADORABLE pink step-stool for reaching high shelves from Michaels
  • Also not pictured above: a pink "hello" sign for $5 from Jo-Ann Fabrics

Clearly I know how to shop on a budget! Around!

Here is the finished result:

I also found a dish-drying rack is perfect for holding pot and pan lids...until I discovered on a recent Home Depot walk-through that they actually sell LID HOLDERS. So look for a real lid holder first. If you can't find one, grab a dish rack ;)

I also found a dish-drying rack is perfect for holding pot and pan lids...until I discovered on a recent Home Depot walk-through that they actually sell LID HOLDERS. So look for a real lid holder first. If you can't find one, grab a dish rack ;)

These make me happy!

These make me happy!

How cute is the pail hanging from an S hook off the shelving? An element of FUN!

How cute is the pail hanging from an S hook off the shelving? An element of FUN!

TA DA

TA DA

I think these pictures looked as cute as they could with fluorescent lighting and all my real pantry supplies! What do you think? 

Hope this inspired you to have some fun in your kitchen pantry!

xx

Lucy

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