Pantry Part 2

I explained why and where the refrigerator would be going in this post. It got all wordy and long so I stopped abruptly.

We unloaded all of the pantry items so that we could tear out the shelves and move the fridge to that area. I’ll show you more of that in a later post, but I wanted to show you where we’re putting all the food.

This was the most difficult decision of the entire kitchen remodel for me. And that’s dumb, because it didn’t matter that much. I changed my mind about this probably a dozen times in the nine-to-twelve months that I was thinking about this kitchen before we actually started on it.

I explained in part one of the pantry post why I prefer a shallow pantry. I just love them. My MIL told me once that my pantry looked like a grocery store when it was shallow. It’s true. Perfectly organized and easily accessible! No room for stuff to get lost. No mistaken purchases of food that you already have three of but can’t see.

I like storage as much as the next girl. Probably more. I’m all about it. I wanted a pantry, but I wanted it to be functional and glorious. Okay, pantries can’t be glorious. Take it down a notch, Avone.

As already mentioned, we really didn’t have anywhere to build back into for the fridge, but I could manage to build a shallow pantry. But where? That’s what I went back and forth about for months. Literally months. Ask my friends. People who have been in my house. I’ve had the elements of a pantry for a year, but no confirmed place for it.

I narrowed it down to two spots. And could not, for the life of me, commit to one of them. I asked the hubs to please just pick one and he was all, “Whatever you want, Babe. I trust you.”

Here are the options:

dining pantry

It would be on one side or the other of the current “dining area.” (Those are old pics. We don’t have tile or a ceiling fan or even that table anymore.)

Those are sliders in the left pic. But, we have a back door that goes out the living room, and it’s literally one step farther than going out the sliders. They didn’t both seem necessary, and we’ve never used the sliders in the two years we’ve been here (except to blow out some tile dust). We also have a huge window on the back wall, so we get plenty of sunlight. Getting rid of them was an easy decision.


But did I want to close the wall up completely? Or maybe convert it to a buffet window? I love the idea of a buffet window on the patio. Here are some images of what I’m talking about…

patio2 patio patio window2

(All of those and more are on my Pinterest board if you want the details.)

Aren’t those lovely? Great for when we cook out, but also handy for everyday spring and summer use. My kids could sit at the bar and I could hand their lunch out the window. Fresh air and less housework, right?

But then I remembered that I live in Oklahoma. We really only have three seasons. Too cold, too windy, too many mosquitoes.

But I loved the idea.

But was it practical for us?

But it’s so lovely.

But how often will it get used?

But it’s so convenient.

But how much will that window cost?

But I could pass out popsicles to the entire neighborhood without one stinky boy entering my house.

But then the trash will blow all over the yard.

Guys, I seriously had this monologue for months.

In the end, I decided that it’s not really an Oklahoma thing. It would very rarely be used because you can’t have an unscreened window in this state in the summer. And it’s too windy in the months before that. Napkins and paper plates would be blowing everywhere.

Plus, full accordion windows are a kajillion dollars.

The hubs was willing to do whichever I wanted, and he liked the idea also. But I just wasn’t settled or passionate enough to commit to the extra money and work that it would take. And he didn’t care enough to be very opinionated either way.

Someday I’ll have my mid-century ranch in Palm Springs and outdoor living will be a reality. I’ll have spaces that fully open to the outdoors and they’ll actually be usable. But for now, I chose to save time and money.

So, we just closed up that area. The patio is sided, not bricked, so this was a very affordable project. It was ~ $50 for siding, and we already had leftover insulation from some repairs on a rent house after tornado damage last year.


(More outside pics of that when I get around to doing the patio. There’s literally a huge pile of wood in the way right now.)

That light switch and outlet already existed for the dining light. I had the hubs add an outlet up higher on the wall because I wanted to build the microwave area next to the pantry.

new outlet microwave wall

Next time I’ll show you the new pantry (that has been in place for weeks!) and maybe even the microwave area if we get it completed this weekend. Happy Friday!

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