Are you tired of rummaging through disorganized pantry cabinets? It might be time for an update.
Remodeling your kitchen? Take some time to imagine what your ideal pantry cabinet would look like.
Even if you have limited space, you can use these tips to save space – and money. Organizing and revamping your pantry cabinet means that you’ll throw less food away.
A beautiful pantry is the cornerstone of any upscale kitchen.
1. Organize Your Spices
Any big remodeling project has to start small. If you’re like the rest of us, you probably don’t even know where half of your spices are, or if they’re out of date.
You shouldn’t keep spices for more than about six months, and you should definitely develop a system for keeping them close at hand.
If you’re working with a small pantry, buy some magnetic strips and install them near your stove. You can put your spices into small metal containers and always have them nearby.
Or you can designate a section of your pantry for spices and put them all into a see-through metal basket. When you need to use them, just take down the entire basket.
2. Corral Your Staples
One of the most popular trends right now is to use less packaging. When you go to the supermarket or health food store, take a minute to see what they offer in their bulk section.
Buying in bulk is actually really handy. You can buy any amount that you need of rice, oatmeal, flour, and other staples. There’s no packaging to contend with beyond a simple plastic bag and you can store food however you like.
You should look for plastic containers with a good seal, or even glass jars if you want a more formal look. Store all containers in your pantry cabinet and make sure that you label them.
You can even take your containers to the store and forego the plastic bags. Just have your cashier weigh your containers before you fill them so you don’t get charged for the weight of the jars.
3. Display Your Dishes
Are plastic containers and dishes taking over your kitchen and pantry? Get a few larger baskets: one for covers and one for the containers. Store dishes upright in a plate stand or wire rack.
Make sure that you throw away or recycle plastic containers that are more than 10 years old. Over time, the plastic can break down and you don’t want that in your food.
If you have young children, create a small basket for them at eye level so they can get their own cups and dishes. You have a lot of options for your pantry cabinet and you should customize it to meet your family’s needs.
4. Get the Right Shelving
Before you start a full remodel of your kitchen, think about what kind of shelving you need. Don’t be afraid to build vertically: you can always get a sturdy ladder for the upper shelves.
RTA Depot offers a wide range of ready-to-install cabinets with 15 different wood options. We have several Shaker cabinet options, glazed cherry, and legacy oak.
If you’re confused as to the color or style that you’d prefer, we can send you samples. You should pick shelving that works with the overall style of your kitchen.
Are you looking for a light and airy feel or for a more formal dining room and kitchen? Once you get the right shelving, you can start to look at paint options.
5. Brighten up with Paint
There are thousands of paint colors, but you should pick a color for your pantry cabinet that you really like.
If you have young children, opt for a darker color that can hide hand prints. You can also make your pantry cabinet do double duty as a calendar or blackboard.
Use some black chalkboard paint on the wall next to your pantry. Your kids can decorate it with chalk and it wipes clean with a sponge. It works on drywall, wood, metal, and glass and is widely available in home improvement stores.
Having a hard time finding paint? You could choose to extend your kitchen’s tile pattern into the pantry.
6. Renew Your Hardware
You might not want to do a full remodel, in which case you should consider renewing your pantry cabinet hardware. It’s a quick way to update the look of your kitchen and to increase its functionality.
We offer “soft-close” drawer hinges and glides. If you have a smaller kitchen pantry you might want to invest in bottom shelves that pull out for easier access.
What kind of hardware is best? You could choose metal knobs and hinges for a sleek look, or go for vintage drawer pulls for a more relaxed feel.
Take the time to reflect on the kind of kitchen that you want. There are so many styles of kitchen hardware that you could find yourself replacing your hinges, drawer pulls, and even your sink faucet!
7. Custom Kitchen Options
If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your kitchen pantry cabinet, drop us a line and we’ll work with you to find the right solution for your space.
We would need the measurements of your kitchen and pantry cabinet, as well as your ultimate vision for your new space. RTA Depot can help you decide on kitchen cabinet colors and styles.
We can also help you with your bathroom remodel. We work with clients in any stage of the redesign process.
Installing Your Dream Pantry Cabinet
When you contact RTA Depot, we will have our interior designers provide you with a free 3D design proposal and itemized quote for your project. We offer our expertise and our advice for free – you’re not obligated to hire us for your remodel.
RTA Depot is excited to get to know you and to help you with your kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. We have an excellent track record of providing high-quality, ready-to-assemble cabinets, hardware, and doors. Come take a look at our blog for more ideas!