Monday, November 26, 2012

Pantry Purge

I mentioned way back in October (October 17th to be exact) that I was working on a little project called "Pantry Purge".  Soooooo... when the heck did it become the end of November?!  This past weekend I found myself with a sick-free family and 3 hours of uninterrupted nap time to put this project to bed.

Just to recap, this is what I was dealing with.  I confess.  I am that girl who has NO idea what's in the pantry because it's jammed packed with so much useless food my family will never eat stuff.

Case and point, after emptying all the contents onto the counter I found...

- 3 jars of vinegar peppers from 2006... yeeeeah, I think it's safe to say those bad boys had past their prime

- 4 cans of black beans and 2 cans of black bean soup.  I hate black beans.  My husband hates black beans and I'm pretty sure I don't even have a recipe that would necessitate 1 can of black beans never mind 4.  Anyone know of a local canned food drive??

- 4 jars of green olives. Who wants to come over for dirty martini's every night... for the next month?

- 1 beef jerky.  Ew!  I don't even know how that got in there

- and what the heck is that Wasabi paste for??  

Here's the pantry cleared of everything.  Pretty tiny, huh?  Consolidation was mandatory.

And of course, I had to paint it a pretty color because... well because I wanted to and I had the paint.

I also had a bunch of left over chevron fabric from my friend's bridal shower, so I decided to put it to use to line the shelves and make a little magnetic spice rack.  More on how I made that and where I got those cute labels tomorrow.  I also used Martha Stewarts metal book plates to label each of the shelves.

And drumroll please... before and after!

What a relief!  Nice and organized.  Now I can finally see everything in the pantry.  Maybe I'll even make those Sprinkles cupcakes soon.  YUM!

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  1. My pantry has been on my to-do list forever. Thanks for the added inspiration. It looks great!

  2. I love the colors you used - especially the chevron lined shelves! Great makeover. Thanks for sharing.

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  3. Great makeover of your pantry - it looks so inviting now!! And don't we all have things lurking in the back of our pantry that should be long gone! :)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success


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