Don’t you just love tweaking? You know, it’s when you have something nice, but you know it could be nicer. That happened to me in my office/pantry.
When we were working on my office/pantry during the remodel, I had the builder leave space at the end of the cabinets/counter so I could put our old oak icebox in the space. It looked cute and was perfect for storing placemats and napkins.
I hung my little French wall clock above it and called it a day.
I didn’t want the microwave in the kitchen, so I placed it on my pantry bake station countertop, but that plan just didn’t work. It took up too much space when I was knee-deep in flour, sugar, baking pans, measuring cups, and mixers. There had to be a better way, I thought.
Enter IKEA. I found this four-basket stand and put it together myself, thank you very much. The microwave fit perfectly on it.
However, I didn’t stop there. I bought little wooden pieces at Michael’s and painted them with chalk paint. I attached them to each basket with twine.
This basket system has made me more organized. One basket holds all of our energy powders and bars that we use for bicycling.
Another holds our cycling water bottles.
The third holds our reusable market bags.
I line the fourth with trash bags, and yep, it holds our trash. (We don’t have much regular trash because we recycle and use the disposal for foods, so we only need to empty it once weekly).
That little IKEA stand worked so well, that I was inspired to keep going. With the help of Mr. Autumn, I added two shelves above.
Originally, these canisters were inside of a pantry cabinet, and they took up too much space. They are so much better here.
Instead of storing my staples in these vintage jars, they were still in their original bags and boxes in the cabinet, too. I have a lot more of these jars in the basement and can double-up on the shelves if needed.
Since I removed the microwave from my bake station area, there is so much more room.
Having a bake station in the pantry is the perfect way to make a mess while baking but still keep the kitchen nice and neat.
This little corner of my world is so much more efficient now. And by the way, that’s my Julia Child pegboard you see there on the right.