Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kitchen Pix-The Job is Done, The Pantry is Restocked

With much joy and gratitude, I present you with the final kitchen renovation photographs. Thank you to the HGK readers who have been asking for these, it is very kind of you.






A few words on my pantry: I was lucky enough to inherit a great pantry from the previous owners of my home. So during the renovation, the pantry received a new coat of paint (a deep yellow green, my absolutely favorite color) and a new floor to match the rest of the kitchen.
As you can probably tell from this photo, I like organization. Especially in a work space where doing tasks efficiently is my goal. I can't afford the time to be hunting around for ingredients, so I spent the time to deck out this pantry. It always gets ooohs and aaaaahs from visitors to our home.
The baskets were recycled from my kid's changing table, which we finally retired this month! Phew, what a relief that is. No more diapers. It's been 11 1/2 years. But back to the baskets--they do a great job containing things that otherwise would be a mess in the pantry: chips and pretzels, wraps and baggies, potatoes and onions, and miscellaneous small dry ingredients.

The vertical rod dividers are spring loaded curtain rods. I saw this idea online looking at other people's pantries and closets (yes, you can do this very easily with an image search on google!). This idea was a major find for me. I am able to keep all of my muffin tins, baking trays, cooling racks, etc. very neat and tidy and within easy reach for all of the baking that I do (not!. . . wish I could, but you guys all know what the outcome of that would be for me). But I do use those baking trays for a heck of a lot of veggie roasting, and an occasional muffin!
The strip of hooks was from the previous owners. It's uber functional for holding hanging items, including a small vacuum that we use every day on the kitchen floor. Boy do 3 little people and and all of my cooking create a mess on the kitchen floor.

Thanks for taking the HGK tour! If you want, I'll show you my spices . . .








21 comments:

Brenna said...

Gorgeous. & so organized! Yes, show the spices :)

JL goes Vegan said...

SO fabulous! I love, love, love that comfie chair in the corner. I think the kitchen is a place to kick back and relax and that chair welcomes it! Love your organized pantry. I've enjoyed watching the renovation/evolution!

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Your kitchen should be in a magazine! You did a lovely job.

Sindy said...

Gorgeous Wendy!! So happy for you :)

v said...

Love your kitchen. Yes, share the spices!

suemvi said...

I want to see the spices too! I love the idea for the sheet pans-they take up so much room. I use glass jars from IKEA for all of my dry goods. Yours looks like an even better idea because you can stack them. Why didn't I think of that? Love, love, love your beautiful bright kitchen with all that counter and storage space. Great job!

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Awwwwwww, thanks guys!

Anonymous said...

I have pantry envy! What kind of containers do you use for the dry goods? Love that they are stackable. I want to something similar for open shelves in my kitchen.

The Collage Experience said...

omg, we're talkin' House Beautiful spread here!!!
Gorgeous Wendy!

The Collage Experience said...

Or is that Home Beautiful? Or Better Homes & Gardens? Well, you know what I mean! :O)

Jill in Chicago said...

Ah! It turned out sooooo great - congratulations! I wish we all could cook in such beautiful places!

Audrey said...

Wow, your kitchen is HUGE and gorgeous. I now have major kitchen envy (foodie nerd alert, lol).

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

The containers are made by Oxo. You can get them at Crate and Barrel, Whole Foods and TJ Max/Marshalls, but Crate and Barrel has by far the most complete selection. I was fortunate enough to have a big Crate and Barrel Gift Certificate when my husband and I redeemed credit card points that had accumulated for years. I couldn't find a piece of furniture that I wanted at the time, so I decided to blow my whole wad on these containers. It was sooooo worth it. I use them more than any table or chair!

heather l. said...

wow! i'm going out right away to get better storage containers.

Anonymous said...

Wow-that is an absolutely gorgeous space. I am curious-what are the dimensions of your island? Thanks!

Megan C said...

Thank you SO much Wendy for sharing! I think I will print this all off and hang on my "someday" board.
I LOVE your pantry and I think I will start making my own more organized.

YES SPICES!!!!

Healthy Girl said...

The island is 10 feet by 3.5 feet.

Yes, the kitchen is large, but the photos somehow make it look gigantic!

Sarah said...

Wow, I have serious kitchen envy. Honestly. It's amazing!

Lolly said...

Please show the spices! Also, I'd love to see a close up picture of the pantry because I'm interested to know what you stock up on. The only finished space in my entire house is my pantry. I'd like to organize it as you have. Very nice! Sorry if you have already gone over this. I can look back in the archives if you have. Your kitchen looks fabulous and your blog is my favorite! Thanks!

Healthy Girl said...

Lolly-I did do a post about what I stock in my kitchen a few months ago. But it really boils down to whole grains, dried beans and lentils, whole grain flours and some other misc. stuff. I wouldn't recommend stocking up on any dry good in particular. I would just go with the flow of the recipes that you make and any leftover dry goods make it into your pantry. After some time you will have a very full pantry and wish you had something to make with all of these leftover dry goods!

Shalon said...

So jealous!!!

 
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