I was SO excited to share this little project with you during my Fall home tour last week! I had been dreaming about this for over a year and I am beyond thrilled with the result. It was such a cloudy day when I took these pictures so I will try to get better ones to post soon. I will be sharing a tutorial for this project sometime this week. I designed these shelves so it is physically impossible for one of us to knock a jar off… Intrigued? I will share all of the details in the tutorial!
We have a really tiny pantry. The door is about half the size of a regular door… so more like a cabinet than a pantry. I started to brainstorm ways we could improve our storage with the kitchen renovation, and I thought of this fun shelf area. I was inspired by old country stores.
One of my favorite places in the small town I grew up in, was a little, old country store/pharmacy. It had a long bar with adorable barstools and lots of jars filled with penny candies and other things for sale. I have always loved the look of the old country stores with all of their pretty crisp jars, and I thought it would be fun to recreate that feeling here in my kitchen. I loved the idea of having all of the pretty sparkly jars filled with everything we needed readily accessible. I even have little scoops in some of them, just like the store.
Some of you asked what I have in all of these jars. I had 3 criteria for what to put in them:
1. Things we use regularly.
2. Things we buy in bulk.
3. It wouldn’t look terrible in a jar (but honestly, jars make everything cute, don’t they?)
I figure it will change over time, but for now I did whole wheat flour, white flour, Cheerios (hello, I have babies), powdered sugar, brown rice, packages of pasta, brown sugar, oats, pretzels, white sugar, pasta, popcorn, Chex, Rice Crispies, split peas, black beans.
I plan to paint the lids… or maybe Rub n’ Buff them? I am not sure yet. I want to make sure they don’t clash with the faucet, so I think I will tone them down a bit.
I put a basket that I purchased at HomeGoods several years ago under the shelves for more storage. I am hoping to find one that is a bit longer so it will add even more storage and look more custom.
I searched for months for airtight jars that were big enough to make a nice visual impact, as well as actually provide enough storage. I spent hours online, visited every store I could think of, and these jars from World Market were the only ones I found that had everything. Target had some with a lid with a metal knob, but I liked these lids and, more importantly, the seals better. I bought a few here and there over the past several months (I’m telling you, this project was a year in the making) to help diffuse the cost a little. I am SO happy with the end result.
As you may or not be able to see in the pictures, I still need to touch up some of the paint and install the rest of the baseboards, but I love this whole space now.
I will be sharing a tutorial for this project sometime this week. I designed these shelves so it is physically impossible for one of us to knock a jar off of them! Intrigued? I will share all of the details in the tutorial this week.
I hope you have a great Monday!
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