14 Inspirational Kitchen Pantry Makeovers

January is the time to clean, and organize, and straighten, and spruce. To get you in the mood to tackle your cluttered pantry, here are fourteen kitchen pantry makeovers! All of these pantries are practical, obtainable, and functional. Most importantly, they are all done by bloggers for real kitchens. If these pantries work in other homes, one of them is bound to work for you!


I would be remiss if I did not begin our pantry tour with The House of Smiths pantry makeover. As I’ve said in previous posts, it is the pantry makeover that launched a thousand pantry makeovers! Shelley’s pantry remains my favorite and actually inspired my own pantry makeover. If you haven’t read her post yet, you should. Shelley gives great tips on pantry organization and practical ways to achieve a beautiful and organized food storage area.

house of smiths pantry

Look familiar? PB&J Stories definitely took notes from The House of Smiths and created this gorgeous pantry. If your pantry needs to do double duty and store non-food items, take a tip from PB&J and designate a separate shelf with clearly labeled storage containers.


Faith, Trust, and a little Pixie Dust created this beauty after also being inspired by Shelley. I love her use of chalkboard labeled bottles for various flavored vinegars.


Polka dots, blue, and pennant banners, oh my! All that is missing is her signature chevron. Any guesses whose gorgeous pantry this is? If you guessed Jen from Tatertots & Jello, then you are correct! Jen’s personality shines through in all of her home decor and it always screams FUN! I love how it looks like a party is going on inside her pantry. Take a tip from Jen and don’t be scared to make every part of your home your own!


Small on space?  I Heart Organizing shows how to place a rack over your door to maximize space and minimize clutter.


Eleven Magnolia Lane used chalkboard paint, polka dot scrapbook paper, and ribbon to help this organized pantry go from blah to ooh-la-la. Making your space functional and cute does not have to cost a lot of money!


Do you see the gorgeous “wallpaper” in Amber Lane Living’s pantry? The top is scrapbook paper and the floral is actually mod-podged fabric on contact paper! Brilliant! If she ever tires of the background, she can just peel and remove the contact paper.


Decor Chick Emily and her dad designed this ingenious shelf carousel which takes full advantage of corner pantries. She gives a full tutorial on how to replicate their brilliance.


Not in the mood to replace shelving or decorate the pantry walls? You don’t have to. Burlap and Lace shows us how to makeover a pantry just by using cute baskets, chalkboard labels, and chic containers!


I like it, I love it added a few decorative elements to the top shelf of her pantry which makes it stand out. Using storage containers you have on hand to hide pantry necessities is a fantastic way to achieve pretty, organized, and thrifty!


Classy Clutter created this lovely pantry for a client. I love the adorable “gum ball” food storage containers and the decorative knobs displaying all the pretty aprons.


If you are planning to build a pantry this year, you should definitely read In My Own Style’s detailed post on pantry planning. Diane turned a coat closet into a pantry and shows us exactly how she did it!


Sand and Sisal used plastic containers from Costco and chalkboard labels to give her pantry the organization it needed. Kim happens to be my sister and a year later her pantry still looks like this! I asked her what she did with any extra food that didn’t fit in the storage containers. She said that she typically only buys the amount that she needs (and that will fit) and any extra is stored in the sisal baskets.


And I’ll conclude with my pantry makeover. I did this makeover spending next to nothing and it has worked splendidly for our family. However, I’m actually getting ready to makeover my makeover! The pantry is still functional but keeping the red interior was a mistake that I hope to remedy.


So how about you? Did you makeover your pantry in 2011? Are you ready to embrace a cute and organized pantry in 2012? If so, I hope this post has inspired you!

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  1. says

    Hi Beth –

    Thanks for the feature :) I love what Decor Chick did with the carousels in the corner. That is really using awkward corner space well. Smart design!

    My best- Diane

  2. says

    Re-doing our pantry is on my list for this year, so I will be pinning this for future reference. Thanks for sharing so many fabulous pantry ideas all in one place! :)

  3. says

    I’m having total pantry envy right now. How I wish we had one! It’ll definitely be a must for our kitchen renovation (like 10 years from now…)

  4. says

    wow – puts my kitchen to shame :/ I really like the blackboard painted jars by Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. Maybe 2012 will be the year for me to tackle my 1980’s disaster room!

  5. says

    We don’t have a pantry & it’s sooo annoying. I finally bought a giant open wire shelving unit that we keep in our laundry room (which is off the kitchen) to put things on. It’s helped a lot, but it’ll never look as pretty as those.

  6. Tara G. says

    I don’t have a pantry per se- we use the sauna in our master bath to store our American goods or the balcony off the kitchen when the weather is cold (like now!). :) My makeover- we’ll use everything up, pack up, and leave the country this summer!

  7. Debi says

    Hi Beth! Wow those pantries are inspiring. Goes to show we can make anything look appealing to the eye if we work on it! I have a pantry that is deep with deep, roll out shelving in it. I’d love to see how people organize those if they have one like it. I think those are even more difficult to organize than pantries with shallow shelving.

    • Cindy says

      Hi Debi! I have very deep shelves as well – – I store seasonal items in the back (turkey platter, christmas dishes, etc) & then use baskets I can ‘pull out’ on the other shelves. I use stairstep style shelving for soups. Baskets are my go to for most storage. It’s easy to label and you can just pull everything out at one time. Example: I have a large basket that has basic baking ingredients; baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, measuring cups & spoons, cupcake papers, sprinkles, etc in it. When I’m ready to bake I just grab the basket & have most items ready to go!

    • Beth @A to Z says

      I think the baskets came from Walmart and I’m guessing the jars did too. Or they might have come from a store called the Christmas Tree Shop.

      • Regina says

        I was wondering the same thing about your baskets. Oh how I miss the Christmas Tree Shop. When ever I get a chance to head home I make sure that we stop there.

  8. says

    Nope, no pantry makeover in 2011. I re-did mine in 2010, and I’m proud to say that it has stayed organized! (That’s a real coup for me, seeing as I’m organizationally challenged.)

    We took the boys to the Biltmore during their Christmas break. Every time I visit there, I come home inspired to have a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful pantry. Of course, to have pantries like the Biltmore’s, I’d need to tear out my kitchen and use the space just for pantries. I guess there’s no point in food storage if you don’t have a kitchen. But gosh, it’s tempting!

  9. says

    I always love seeing what others do to get spaces in order. Great inspiration and some bloggers I was not familiar with! Thank you for sharing. I have my eye on some labels to order now too.

  10. Faith says

    All the featured pantries are beautiful and inspiring! I made a dent in the renovation of mine in 2011, as well, but have never finished it. Sigh! My eye was particularly drawn to the very first picture – the yellow. Any details on this baby?
    Thanks for gathering and sharing

  11. says

    Great ideas! I have yet to find a great idea for my super deep cabinets. That over the door storage looks like it might help. Thanks for compiling this list!

  12. kelly says

    mine just couldn’t ever look that good, have deep shelves that are not very wide, you have to look behind everything to see what’s in there. i also wonder in all of these where are the random things like bbq chips and tons of canned food?!
    they are so awesome!

  13. Sharon says

    These all look wonderful! Do you have any ideas for an awful pantry that is really deep and up off the floor because it’s located over the basement stairs?

    • Beth @A to Z says

      Hi Sharon, I had a similar pantry in our last home. What we did was install a wire can rack on the right wall. On the left, we built shelves and I used labeled baskets on the bottom two shelves. It was an awkward space to work with but we made it work!

  14. says


    Just wanted to say a big Hi. Came across your blog while searching for faux coral. Your idea about painting the Walmart ones is pure genius. I would have never thought of that. I got my green coral from the pet section of Walmart (of ocurse) this weekend. Now got to make it fab. Thanks a lot for the inspiration.

  15. says

    Thank you for putting all of these in one place!!! I even found the one I think will work for me. I don’t really need a makeover – I’m moving into a new house next month and need to figure out how to set it all up! This is perfect :)

  16. Debbiecz says

    Hi, loved all the pantries. We just finished ripping out a pantry (it looked like the one from My Own Style.) that was what I specifically asked for in our new home, built two yrs ago!. Unfortunately the eat at island and the pantry doors banged up against each other. So we removed the pantry entirely, built in a plate niche (the carpenter had no idea what a niche was, what a cutie) and put in a deep closet that opens into the kitchen but is behind the door that goes into the adjacent mud room. I have four deep slide out drawers that everything fits on. When building keep in mind how the space is used and what it will be like with people other than the cook in the same space.

  17. says

    great collection. When I moved in 2 yrs ago, I painted my pantry w/left over paint. I have been collecting containers for a spruce up. I remember seeing a few of these famous re-dos. (;

  18. says

    Love the post, but can I make a suggestion? Your pantry looks similar to mine, but I picked up some Lazy Susans to put into the corners of the shelves for canned goods. They are a perfect edition and make a good use of corners that can sometimes be tricky to see what’s back there.


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