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Extreme Pantry Makeover: A Peek into Lina’s Pantry Remodel

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Lina holding a coffee cup in front of her open pantry door

Need some pantry organizing inspiration?

We’ve slowly been remodeling our walk-in pantry ourselves over the last year. Today, I’m sharing the scary real life before photo, and how it looks after some DIY remodeling and much-needed organizing! Spoiler Alert: It’s AWESOME now! 

My goal for this year is to get my pantry in shape and keep it organized! This will help my days run smoother in my both my work life as a food blogger for Hip2Save.com & Hip2Keto.com AND in my personal family life cooking at home.

before filled walk-in pantry image with a sad emoji

Ok, I know the above situation was not working out too well!

It didn’t always look that messy, but this is what happens in real life when you’re tired, come home from Costco, throw everything in, shut the door, and hope for the best. I would purge and organize, but it would eventually circle back to messy again. We finally decided to make our pantry more functional!

the inside of the reorganized walk-in pantry from the kitchen

inside view of the pantry remodel with built in appliances, pantry goods, and pans

This is what my pantry looks like today!

Here’s a list of the changes we’ve made…

  • Removed the door and doorway to open up the space.
  • Removed all the shelving, reconfigured it, and added it back in with some new elements.
  • Installed ceiling lighting, under shelf lighting, and electrical plug-ins for appliances.
  • Installed a butcher block counter.
  • Installed bottom cabinets.
  • Added wood shiplap to the walls and painted them white.
  • Installed a microwave in the pantry and removed the one above our stove.
  • Installed a beverage fridge.

the pantry in progress with added cabinets and a mini fridge

Here are some more details!

The pantry’s design started with a trip to Lowe’s, where we purchased one white shaker base cabinet for each side and a white shaker Lazy Susan corner base cabinet. They’re the anchor for the Lowe’s birch butcher block countertop we bought, cut to size, installed, and then stained.

closeup of the countertop in the pantry, including appliances

YES! More counter space, please!

Installing counters and electricity in this space gave me some much-needed room to display the kitchen appliances I use most often! This is so helpful to me because they’re easy and quick to grab when I need them. I can also use my appliances in here, too, and I often use my slow cooker or air fryer in my pantry while I’m working and doing other things in my kitchen!

Also, check out the toast station as that was my husband’s idea – and it’s turned out to be super handy!

pantry with added shelves, microwave, and pantry items

A place for everything!

The best part of building a custom pantry is that you can space the shelving for your specific appliances and needs. For instance, I really wanted some vertical storage above the microwave for baking sheets, cutting boards, and serving platters. We were able to re-use some of the old shelving on the left side, and we brought the shelving all the way up to the ceiling to maximize storage space.

corner lazy susan cabinet

It also turns out the Lazy Susan cabinet holds an incredible amount of items and was the best decision! We also managed to find an opened box beverage fridge on clearance at Lowe’s – yippee! It’s a Frigidaire Beverage Center, and we have loved having it to store all our drinks, leaving additional room in the main fridge.

This project was definitely not the cheapest home improvement project, but we were able to save a great deal by doing all of the carpentry work ourselves. It has been a great investment and custom feature for our home!

open view of the pantry from the kitchen

This completely opened up the space to make it look more like part of the kitchen and not a closet.

What a total game changer for cooking and (of course) for storing groceries! It’s really expanded my kitchen space, and it’s added so much functionality and style. It is, quite frankly, one of my very favorite improvements to our home. It’s also helped me stay more organized – hooray!

I also love that we matched the header space above to look like the rest of the house, so really no one can tell the pantry wasn’t that way all along. It turned out so pretty!


Lina (lina@hip2behome.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects.
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  1. Deb

    I’m so enjoying reading all of your posts and this pantry makes me breathe a little harder! LOL! Just gorgeous. Makes me wish that our pantry was big enough to do this. Maybe in our next house… I think I’d spend a lot of time in there if I had one as beautiful as yours! Btw, your paint color is beautiful!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thank you so much Deb! I appreciate the sweet comment!

  2. Amy G

    This looks amazing!!! I can only hope someday I too will have such a beautiful pantry.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks so much Amy! ❤️

  3. Samantha Clark

    Looks great, and so inspiring, Lina! And please pass on my congratulations to the team on the new site!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! I will – and thanks so much Samantha. We are so excited about hip2behome ! 🎊❤️

  4. mayd2bz

    Wow Lina what a transformation! It looks amazing! The open space makes it look bigger. Wish I could have one like yours 😉…Anyway enjoy your new pantry. I bet more cooking ideas come from there 😊

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ah thanks so much for the sweet comment! ❤️

  5. Laurie

    Oh wow I want to live in your pantry. Great job enjoy it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ah thanks so much Laurie!! ❤️

  6. Jenn

    OMGosh, this is going to make our home a happy home. We’ve been married for over 20 years and my husband hates that I’ve never allowed a toaster on the countertop…. I’m a less is more kinda’ girl, and they are so messy. Am I right or what??!! I only have my knife block and my mixer on my counters. THIS will be a game changer!! I just showed it to him and he’s smiling from ear to ear. He said “We can have ALL our appliances on THAT counter…. and it’s OK???” Yes, sweetie we sure can. #winnerwinnerchickendinner

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ha -yay my husband was super excited about the toaster there too. Lol How fun! And send us pics if you do something similar I’d love to see. Thanks Jenn!

  7. KittyLuvr

    The toaster bar is life changing! What an awesome idea! I am creating that tomorrow morning in my kitchen! Thx to
    Your hubby!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! So glad you love it, KittyLuvr!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw thanks so much! We do love it too 🥰

  8. Norma

    How awesome is this?!? I love that the microwave is in there, too. You’ve made it look like another room, and it’s just inspiring. Now, how to work something like this into my 98 sq. ft. kitchen…?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw thanks so much Norma!

  9. Kokomo

    Maybe add an exhaust fan in there too. It would take food cooking smells out and keep the humidity down when cooking in a small space.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great tip, Kokomo! Thanks for the suggestion!

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