Pantry Tutorial

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With a family of six and a tiny pantry, I am always looking for ways to make more room for food storage.

I started thinking about

  • ways to create more room,
  • be functional,
  • organized and
  • look great.

I always try to keep like items in the same general area and I knew I couldn’t go up or out anymore. I didn’t want to store food and kitchen stuff outside so my next option was ideas as to attach on the door.

I started looking at wire racks and I really liked these. This would have been the simple route, but I wanted a little more customization so  I decided to build my own so I could customize the size to my needs.

My pantry door is a standard 2ft  79 1/2″  hollow core door, so I broke this into two manageable units.

Top unit = 19″wide x 32″ tall and 5 3/4″ deep

Bottom unit= 19″ wide x 44″ tall and  5 3/4″ deep

Buy List For Pantry

  • 2-   3/8″ Plywood ripped to 5 1/2″ wide x 18″ long for the shelves
  • 2-   1/4″ Plywood 2ft x 4ft trimmed down to 19″ x 44″ and 19″ x 32″ for the backing
  • Bottom shelves cut to 18″ long
  • 19″ Lattice or Large Paint Sticks
  • Fine Finish nail
  • Gorilla Wood Glue, 8 oz.
  • Hollow Door Anchors
  • Primer
  • White Paint

*We used a fine finish nail for the shelf facing but ultimately  bought the wood glue to be the holding agent

Home Depot will cut the wood for you. Sometimes there may be a small fee involved but it is worth it to have it done and plus if you don’t have a truck it will for sure fit in a smaller vehicle.

*I strongly suggest painting after you cut your wood and prior to assembly.

Tools and Items you may need

Step #1: The Plan

The first thing we did was plan our cuts for each piece of plywood. For the two box units, we made here is our cutting guide.

Step #2: The Cuts

You can skip this part if you had Home Depot rip your lumber.

We ripped all our plywood parts to the width using a table saw with the template as a guide. We then cut the pieces to length using a skill saw.

Step #3:

Tip: I would recommend painting prior to assembly, but we waited until the end. Next time I would paint first.

Next, you will glue the sides, top and bottom to the back. Then nail them all together so now you should have a box.

We then propped it up to the door to make sure we were on the right track and that our measuring was correct.

Step #4:

Now measure your lines for the front and glue your shelves in.

Flip your box over and tack the shelves. We had flipped our box over and measured and drew lines according to where we placed our shelves.

Step #5:

Add the facing. We first used Gorilla Glue and then we tacked them in place with a fine finish nail.

Step #6:

Next, we held them to the door where we wanted them and screwed it on.

Then we removed the screws.

Now pop the drywall stud in the door and reattach the shelving unit.

Repeat with the top shelf and once the paint is dry you are on your way to a beautifully organized pantry.


About The Author

Karie Babbitt

Karie Babbitt is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer. Mother of three boys and one girl. She has raised a family of six on a single income for over twenty-five years. She will share how she budgets so she can travel to show her kids all fifty states before they leave her home. Her parenting fails and successes, budgeting tips, food and living life in bliss.

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