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Guest Project — Beadboard Pantry {with DIY carousels}!

Hi, I’m Emily from Decorchick!  I am so excited to be guest posting today on Tatertots and Jello!!  I haven’t been blogging for very long, but Jen’s site is one of the first I fell in love with, so this is like a dream come true!  I recently gave our pantry a pretty big overhaul with the help of my Dad, and thought I would share it with you all today.  It really has changed my life, and I hope you get inspired to get your pantry organized! :)
Well, well well!  I never thought I could love a pantry as much as I do now.  Actually, I never thought I would even give the pantry a makeover.  After all, it’s just a pantry.  But boy oh boy, how life changing this makeover was.  Seriously.

Let me first give props and a BIG thank you to my Dad.  He really is a brilliant guy.  Now you all know where I get it from.  Haha, JUST KIDDING.  Sort of.   :)  Anyway, he helped me a lot with this project and is the mastermind behind the new shelf/carousel design.  I will show you them later, and I will also write a separate post just about these shelves.  They are that awesome.  And if you decide you want some, which I know you will, he is even selling them now and can ship you some!  Update: Click HERE to read the post with all of the information about the carousels.
Ok, so here is our pantry before.   I love embarrassing myself.

We don’t live like pigs I promise.  And no, we didn’t trash the pantry so I could get some good before shots.  Sadly, it’s been like this for forever.

So instead of me showing you the afters right away, I’m going to take you on a little journey first of what we did to the pantry. Don’t hate me.

First off, I removed everything.  Put all your stuff in boxes and not all over your kitchen counters.  That’s what I would have done originally if my Dad didn’t make me get a box.  But yes of course he was right.

When the pantry was emptied my dad put up beadboard wallpaper for me.  I helped a little by smoothing out the occasional air bubble. :)  I already had a roll of it from another project, but I did end up having to buy 1 more roll for $15 so we could finish the top of the pantry.  While he was wallpapering, I did touch up our shelves with paint. :)

Sorry, in that last photo the paper was still wet, but that’s the only one I took with the whole pantry wallpapered.
Here is the wallpaper I used and got it from Lowe’s.

Next up came the installation of the amazing shelves/carousels my Dad designed and made.  Here is a picture of what they look like.

Don’t let the picture fool you.  These beauties are 20 inches in diameter!
I actually did install them, with supervision of course. :)  It was very easy though.

I drilled all of the holes first.  Here they are after they are installed.

Aren’t those awesome?!?!  They aren’t your typical “lazy susans,” trust me.  Anything made by my Dad is top notch.  They aren’t plastic, won’t bend or wobble, and spin so silently and smoothly.  You can put a TON of weight on these and it won’t affect anything.  They really are awesome.
Ok, so now what you’ve been waiting for!  Here are some pictures of the new pantry.

YES!!  Can you believe that’s the same pantry?  It’s like total peace going in there now.  I know that sounds strange, but everyone operates better when things are neatly organized.  I need these shelves in every cabinet in the house now!

I’ll show you some more afters in a second.  I just wanted to show you the cuteness I had to add to the pantry first. :)  I really LOVED the way Shelley at House of Smith’s organized her pantry makeover.  It’s just beautiful and so I used a few of her tips for organizing.
I did get the same big glass canisters from Wal-Mart, and all of the other new glass jars and plastic containers you see are from Ikea.  They are all really cheap.  About $6 for the big ones at Wal-Mart, and anywhere from $2-6 at Ikea.  Then I bought some Cricut vinyl for $9, cut out pieces with those squiggly scissors (sorry, I know they have a real name but I forgot), then used the chalk pens (bought at Michael’s) to write my label with.  Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick also did this with her adorable new jars for all of their cereals!

I really love those tall skinny containers.  They are airtight and currently house our cereal, cheez-its and almonds. :)
The pasta and bean canisters…

I didn’t know how I would like having it all seen, but I LOVE it!!  Besides it looking pretty, I love knowing how much I have of something now without digging through all of the packages.  I always seem to buy a pack of spaghetti when I go shopping, but now I know I won’t need to for a long time. :)

I hung a wreath in the pantry, ummm, just because. :)  I had gotten it at a resale shop and wasn’t using it anywhere yet, so I thought this was perfect!

Here are some more after photos!

So what do you think of this makeover?  I seriously am in love with the pantry now.  The new spinning carousels really provided a LOT of extra room.  The top carousel and the bottom carousel hold the taller items like appliances I don’t use every day, 2 liters, dog food, etc.  Really awesome.  Oh, and hubby organized the canned foods.  :)  This was really an all around team effort project!

One of my goals was to eliminate as many boxes as possible.  I never really thought about it, but they do add a lot of clutter.  Of course I couldn’t buy a jar for every single boxed item, so I just put those on the right hand side of the pantry.  We don’t eat a lot of boxed foods anyway, so there isn’t much.
Another before just for giggles…

And after…

So how is your pantry lookin’ these days?  I hope you have been inspired to fix it up a bit if it needs it.  I promise it really will change your life!  And when I went grocery shopping yesterday, I spent $50 less than what I normally would, and it was even my “heavy” shopping day.  I really think it was because I knew what we already had.

I wished the beadboard wallpaper was showing up better in my after photos, but it’s the lighting in there.  It really looks great in real life. :

UPDATE – Please click HERE to read all about the pantry carousels and info on how you can get them. :)



Thank you Emily! Your pantry is so beautiful — I want to move in and live there :)  Those carousels are genius!!!  

If you aren’t familiar with Decorchick — you need to head over for some serious DIY creativity! Here is a little taste of what you will find!
{Yummy Board and Batten}

 {Drawer turned Gorgeous Candle Holder}

 {Amazing Hutch Redo}

 {Painted Flower Pots}

Head over to Decorchick and see for yourself. 
You will be addicted — I am!

Have a Terrific Thursday!




  1. What a beautiful makeover!! My husband has more tools and saws then he knows what to do with. I am sure he could make me some of those wonderful carousels. Could you please tell me what kind of hardware you used? Thank you.

  2. I think this is the most beautiful pantry I have ever seen! If I ever have a walk in pantry like this, I will have to do this. Just beautiful!!

  3. Your pantry turned out amazing! I am trying to convince my hubby that I need those lazy susans too. I was wondering how your dad made the plastic lip and if the hardware is just the basic square with the circle in the middle lazy susan piece? Thanks!

  4. Mary Ellen says:

    I love the lazy susan ideas for those troublesome corners!! Would your dad share with us how he made them?

    I am so wanting a pretty pantry like this!

    bee blessed

  5. I love the pantry re-do. I think I am going to have to get some of the cannisters and chalk pens at the very least…love that!

  6. nothing i love more than an organized pantry!!!! that is truly awesome!
    can't wait to check out your blog!

  7. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    Who would have ever thought a pantry could be so beautiful? I love it! Especially the lazy susans. What a great idea.

  8. Love this makeover, just wondering if Emily will come do mine now. Going to have to have hubby look into creating some of the carousals.

    Maybe if my pantry looked like that, I wouldn't mind cooking. :)

    Great job Emily.

  9. Oh wow! Awesome pantry makeover!

  10. this blessed nest says:

    holy moly!

    i went through these pics & immediately took the lap top to my husband to show him this post!!! amazing.

    we totally have the "before" pics going on over here at our nest.

    great feature, as always!
    now…even my husband is thinking about this post. he even read it out load!!! 😉

    have a great weekend.

  11. I actually GASPED out loud because of the lazy susans! I have a corner just like that where everything migrates and eventually expires. I so LOVE that!!

  12. Just when I thought all of my projects were done, along comes this beauty!!

  13. Megan {Honey We're Home} says:

    Just awesome- I sooo need to organize my pantry too. Very inspiring!

  14. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    Now this is a makeover…it is not only beautiful, but so functional. I love it and I can certainly see why you are so happy with it.

    Thanks Jen for introducing us to someone else crafty!

  15. Real Life Reslers says:

    Beautiful! It looks great.

    So does the new blog layout.

  16. jennykate77 says:

    That pantry looks AMAZING!!! I love the Lazy Susans in the corners…perfect use for that space! The beadboard wall paper is a genius idea. I might have to put that to use in my new laundry room!

    Jen, I'm so sorry I haven't been by lately. This new blog layout is GORGEOUS!!! I love it!

    Hope you're having a good week♥

  17. What a wonderful, simple solution! I wish I had a pantry that big:)

  18. What an awesome makeover! My pantry looks almost exactly like that (I meant the shape, but mine's messier than your before photo! ) Yikes! I showed my hubby and he's on board! I'm ready to organize!

  19. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    What a clever idea! It looks great.

  20. shortmama says:

    That pantry is a dream! I wish I had that kind of pantry. Mine is just part of my cabinets and it can be so hard to find things!

  21. Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! says:

    I am inspired. My pantry is hideous and could use such a transformation. Maybe when the kids are back in school!

  22. I love this makeover. LOVE IT. Am going to bookmark it and show my husband and my dad what they need to do in MY pantry.

  23. Those shelves are BRILLIANT. I really need to organize my pantry and this post does a nice job of incorporating lots of great elements to inspire me.

  24. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    What a great makeover! I love the beadboard and all the glass containers.