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Spice Up Your Pantry: 4 Ways to Upgrade

by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Most of us have probably never considered refacing our pantry. After all, the pantry is hidden from view most of time; it's typically comprised of a set of cupboards, a closet, or a small off-kitchen room. However, there may be some circumstances in which you would want to consider refacing or remodeling your pantry:

  • It's old and shabby. If your house was built a long time ago, it's likely your pantry could use some updating, whether it's removing the wallpaper from the shelves and painting instead, refreshing the paint on the walls, or replacing cheap plastic shelving.
  • The rest of your kitchen is remodeled. If you've remodeled extensively, knocking out walls, painting, installing high-tech appliances and granite countertops, your out-of-date, dingy pantry may become an eyesore every time you open the door to get what you need.
  • You want to sell your house. Buyers often look in cabinets, cupboards, and closets, and you don't want your house to seem like it has hidden problems. If you clean, organize, and paint your closets, why not do the same to your pantry?

4 Ways to Reface Your Pantry

If you decide your pantry could use a makeover, consider incorporating some of the following projects.

  1. Paint. Years of tin cans, dust, and pulling items across shelves can all have an effect on how they look. Removing everything and cleaning the shelves can give your pantry a whole new look and also give you the chance to reorganize its contents.
  2. Replace. If the shelving in your pantry is cheap metal grating covered in thick plastic, consider upgrading to sturdier shelves. If you have enough room, consider going to more shallow shelves. While deeper shelves may hold more, shallow ones allow you to find what you need much more easily.
  3. Enhance. If you're trying to sell your home and you have upgraded to a gourmet or professional kitchen, you may also want to take your pantry to the next level. If you've got dishware as well as food in your pantry, consider putting glass-paneled cabinet doors and under-cabinet lighting on some of your shelves to increase their beauty. It can turn your kitchen pantry from storage room to a miniature kitchen oasis.
  4. Brighten. Whether you have a walk-in pantry or a small closeted area, consider adding different types of lighting that can allow to you find what you're looking for more quickly.

Of course, what you do depends on your goals for your kitchen. If you want to improve every room in your home, don't forget about your kitchen pantry.

About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre

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