Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Major Project Complete!

I have showed you pictures before of my pantry so I thought I would show you what my hubby and I did this past weekend with my pantry/storage room! This room goes under our stairs leading to the basement. This room is situated in our basement that it has TWO concrete foundation walls along with a regular old basement window. Having the foundation walls helps to keep the temperature consistently cold in the winter time and hence makes a great "cellar". The basement window has been spray painted black so no outside light comes into the room. And now the walls have been painted with waterproofing paint(no we were not having water leaking yet!) and extra paint that we had from other home improvement projects.

Here is a before picture of some of the storage part of the room...


Here is an after shot of the same space...


Here is the pantry shelves after the painting of the walls were complete...


This picture shows a close up of the contact shelf paper that I put on the wood shelves. These shelves were here when we moved into this house 6 years ago and were in decent shape so we have kept them and are just sprucing them up a bit. Putting shelf paper on them was ALOT easier than painting them!


Here is what the pantry looks like now all put back together and organized! Clearing off the shelves of all the goods and then restocking the shelves helped me to see what I had on my shelves that was close dated! I actually found a box of strawberry jello with a best by date of Sept 2006 that I trashed! That was the only casualty! There is a few other things that I will be using in the next couple of weeks so they do not become a casualty as well.


This is a picture of under the stairs. My hubby wired a light for under the stairs and painted the walls a light gray rather than having the cement gray, it really lighten things up!


Here is the items back into their space! Would you believe me if I told you that out of this space I managed to totally remove a 30 gallon flip top rubbermaid container that was full of stuff?? We purged that much plus at least another TWO 18 gallon roughneck containers of stuff just from this one area of the room!!



Lastly, I am now able to have the majority of our out of season clothes in just one area of the storage room! Hubby and I still have some out of season clothes in our closet because it is easier to store them there to the back and hubby will still wear short sleeves in the wintertime.


So this was one of our big "tackles" during the 12 days of hubby's vacation! The other tackle was repainting our main full bathroom!

4 comments:

Sherry said...

That is a huge tackle! Great job!! :D

Sara said...

wow, what a nice organization job! looks like you made productive use of vacation time!

A Frugal Friend said...

You're pantry looks amazing. What a great job...you have encouraged me. I only wish I had more pantry space...mine is incredibly small.

Donna said...

Fabulous job!
I don't know what I like more--- the organizing/cleaning or just looking at all the food in your pantry! I just love your pantry....every pic you've ever posted of it has made me drool!