Design ideas for an organized pantry mood board

One Room Challenge Week 1: Pantry Design Plans & Moodboard

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Well, folks, we’re at it once again! As if life wasn’t hectic enough, we’ve decided to participate in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home.

If you’re not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it happens twice a year in the spring and fall. Over 200 bloggers and/or designers get to participate by picking a room in their home to makeover in 6 weeks.

Even though there’s no actual competition in the One Room Challenge, there’s the motivation to complete a project using your creativity to transform a room that needs help within a short amount of time. Plus, there’s a chance that a few of the projects may catch the eye of Better Homes and Gardens for a feature in their Instagram feed. After the challenge is over, BHG will select two guest participants who will automatically get to participate as featured designers in the fall 2019 ORC! Being one of the 20 featured designers for the One Room Challenge is a pretty big deal. 

Two years ago, we turned a garden shed into a guest house/bedroom.

This time, we’ve decided we’d play along by choosing to makeover the one room that needed to be done right away… our pantry.

You may ask, “Why is a pantry such a priority?“.

Currently, our house doesn’t have a pantry and we store all of our food in a 3′ x 3′ kitchen cabinet. For a family of 6, that’s not nearly enough room.

Also, when we finally remodel our kitchen, which needs the most help in our home, we need a place to keep all of our kitchen essentials so we don’t have to order take-out every day during that long process. During the renovation, we can set up a mini kitchen with a portable stove top, microwave, and mini fridge in the new pantry.


The space that we’re making into a walk-in pantry actually used to be a 5′ x 11′ bathroom. Our home was built in 1915. Back in the late 1940s, the bathroom was added to the back of the house. When we turned a spare bedroom into an en-suite master bathroom, walk-in closet, and powder room, we were left with the old bathroom that is right off the kitchen that we no longer needed.

bathroom converted to pantry before picture
bathroom made into a walk-in pantry

It’s a good thing we decided to renovate this room because the floor beneath the bathtub and toilet was rotted. We also discovered that the insulation behind the bathtub surround had mildewed.

pantry before

This is where we’re starting for day one of the One Room Challenge.

One room challenge week 1: pantry before picture

The rotted floor has been replaced with a new subfloor and we installed new insulation and drywall.

One room challenge week 1: pantry before picture where shelving will go
One room challenge week 1: walk in pantry before picture



new walk-in pantry floor plan

Keeping in mind the period that our home was built, we want to add vintage details with modern accents. I’m drawn to a black and white color palette with a pop of color, with my favorite accent color being green. This time, I’ll be using a hint of blue-green on the largest built-in cabinet in the room.

From our front door, you can see straight down the hallway to the new pantry. So, having that pop of color on the tall cabinet will draw your eye to the back of the house. 

I had no idea what to call the tall cabinet, so for now, I’m naming it “the supply cabinet”. I’m not even sure what all I’ll store in it other than bulk items when I shop at Costco. My original plan was to use it as a cleaning closet, but Jason doesn’t like the idea of storing cleaning products, the broom, and mop in the pantry. Maybe I’ll be able to change his mind by the time we get close to building it. 😉

What are your thoughts about having a cleaning supply closet in the pantry?

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Design ideas for an organized pantry mood board

The layout of the pantry shelves and countertop will be very similar to the inspiration picture in the mood board. It’ll be so nice to come into the pantry after grocery shopping and have a countertop to place the grocery bags while I put everything away! 

The cabinets below the countertop will have doors so I can hide our Instapot (or Instant Pot?), George Foreman Grill, and (when I can afford it) KitchenAid mixer. I’ll also have a place to conceal some items that we only use when we have friends and family over for dinner. 

So, here’s what we have planned for the course of the next 6 weeks!


  • Prime and paint the walls
  • Install the cement board and the black & white hexagon tile floor
  • DIY magnetic chalkboard command center
  • Add glass to a solid wood door we found at the Habitat for Humanity
  • Build the pantry shelving and a supply cabinet
  • Faux soapstone countertops like I did in this post
  • Add steel and glass shelving beside each window similar to our custom Etsy steel shelving
  • DIY labels for organizing the pantry canisters and baskets

Check back next week for more updates on where we’re at and don’t forget to head over to the rest of the One Room Challenge entries for more inspiration!


Update: See the pantry reveal here!


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  1. I love that teal!!! It’s the exact color we’re wanting to use on our vanity in our master bath soon! Anxious to see this come along 🙂

    1. I keep going back and forth between the teal color and another shade that has more green in it. But after my mom came over and fell in love with the paint sample (and because of your comment) I see that as a sign that I need to keep with the original plan. Thanks for following along! 🙂

  2. Your pantry is almost exactly how I want ours to look in the house we’re building. Love it!!! I think having the cleaning supplies in a closet makes sense. If we had room in our new pantry I think we’d add one too.

    1. Thank you, Kayla! I think this design would look just as good in a new home or an older one like ours. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can either talk my husband into my original plans or figure out the best use for the cabinet. Wish me luck!

  3. I cannot wait to follow this project! Absolutely loved your guest house….want it so badly! I’ve been following you since that ORC.

    1. Hi Gina! I’m so happy you’ve been following along since our first ORC! I hope you get your own guest house one day. It won’t be long until my stepdaughter will be going to college and we’ll be able to use her room as a guest cottage again. She loves her own little home away from home!

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