Pantry Design Update – It’s Happening!

The new pantry design will feature custom cabinetry, quartz, brass hardware, and new applicances

The pantry in The Arched Manor has been a work in progress since we moved in. It’s gone from a two-closet layout to an open space, but currently has two wire shelves and a ton of junk, food, and junk food. We need some organization is this space – it’s hard to glance over at the renovated mudroom, which glimmers with fresh paint and functionality, and then see this unorganized panty, which closely resembles a rats nest of household goods. We wanted a new project, and this seemed like the perfect space to tackle next (and another space, the dry bar, which we will blog about soon). We have created a custom pantry design that is not only highly functional, but is also easy on the eyes.

To give you an idea of the progress we have made so far on this pantry, let’s take a trip down memory lane to the various stages of our pantry area:

The original configuration of the pantry. Two closets with shelving.
We removed the walls in the space and feathered in new red oak.
The space is now one large area that will be the canvas for our new pantry!
The current state of our pantry. Please don't judge!
The future state of this space!

Yes, this is a pantry folks, but we want to give it a bit of a formal upgrade and that custom-built touch that we love. Here are the pantry design elements and finishes that we are going to use to elevate this space and give it the 1021 Home touch:

  • Custom Inset Cabinetry: We love the inset look for cabinets – it’s clean, and yet has a classic look that we love. This is our first time using this style of cabinetry, so we are excited to see how the install process goes, how the function in real-life scenarios, and how many adjustments we have to make to ensure the drawers and doors are aligned (they change with humidity). We are using the Austin cabinets by CliqStudios in their Urban Stone color.
  • Hutch: On the left hand wall, we are going to create a built-in-hutch that incorporates the same cabinet style, color, and countertop, but has mostly doors, no toe-kick, and open shelving. The shelving will have lighting so that this is not a dark hole in this space (common problem for shelving).
  • Built-in Microwave: Countertop space is limited, so we are installing a drawer-style 30-inch microwave under the counter. We had one in our old house, The Sweet Suburban, and loved it. This one is a bit different though in that it pulls out (like a drawer) instead of a door (like an oven).
  • Closed Cabinetry: We don’t want to see our crap. There, we said it. The problem with pantry’s with open shelves is that you can see EVERYTHING and in order to keep that controlled, organized look, you have to be extremely diligent in organizing your food. Ain’t nobody got dime for that! Having closed cabinetry will help maintain a clean aesthetic and provide amble storage for both food items and appliances (that you may not want displayed on open shelves…like that instapot that was used once and now collects dust).
  • Paneled Drink Fridge: You may not have even noticed it in the rendering, but at the bottom right of the cabinets we have a drink fridge. We purchased a panel-ready under cabinet fridge and will install the matching cabinet panel and door pull so that it blends in (just like our dishwashers in the kitchen).

The pantry design elements we will use in this space.

We purchased the aged brass hardware from Rejuvination and we are using both the knobs and the drawer pulls in our design. The drink fridge will use a bar style pull and will match the finish of the other hardware. For the counter, we will use the same Organic White Quartz that we used in our kitchen. For the backsplash tile, we are using a subway zellige tile that has that handmade look and a beautiful white finish to complement the cabinets.

Here are some renderings of what it will look like. The renderings really only show the layout and cabinet style (the finishes are not pictured), but it gives you an idea of what it will look like:

The view of our new pantry design from the kitchen door.
We are building a hutch-like unit on the far left to add make this space seem very custom.

The cabinets won’t be in until late December 2020 (at the earliest), so we are purchasing materials and finishes now and having the electrical roughed-in. The goal being to do as much prep work as we can now so that when the cabinets arrive, we can immediately start installing them.

If you don’t already, follow us on instagram to stay up-to-date on the project status and see pictures and videos of the progress!

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Hi there! We’re a married couple with a passion for DIY, decor, and home improvement! We’re currently renovating The Arched Manor in Leesburg, VA.