DIY Kitchen Cabinet/Pantry with Shelves

There’s a little nook in our kitchen with upper cabinets that used to have a washer and dryer below. Our laundry machines are in the basement, so there is a lot of wasted space in this little area of the kitchen. I considered buying a freestanding pantry that sort of looked like my cabinets. Here are a few of the contenders:

The vertical ribbing in the doors is similar to that of my kitchen cabinets, which are also white. But besides the not-ideal price tag, I couldn’t buy one with a height I wanted because these two pantries have been out of stock. But I had an epiphany while making my entry hall tree. The homemade wood shelf that moved to Virginia with us from New Jersey (and used to be our storage in the mudroom) was suddenly homeless and happened to be the perfect size to repurpose into a pantry.

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Upcycled Trunk Becomes My New Toolbox

I’m getting quite the collection of tools and supplies for my DIY projects, and most of these things live on a 2×2-foot hightop table in my home office. I’m a compulsive tidier, so the growing disorganized pile started to get to me recently. Then, I remembered that we brought a rather ugly trunk from New Jersey, which has been empty in a closet for more than two years. It’s the perfect size to hold all my DIY things and be tucked away under the table.

But yowza … that yellow, right?

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