Turn an Armoire Into a Custom Kitchen Pantry

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 05, 2010

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Do you cry out in the night for a kitchen pantry? It's not impossible, if you have a few square feet of floor space, you can easily convert an unwanted armoire into a smart, stylish pantry that either fits in your kitchen or stands right around the corner. Ebay and Craigslist are inundated with old TV and bedroom armoires, available for next to nothing. Here are few we found for sale and ideas for customizing...

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Now get yourself a handy carpenter type and customize the shelves, doors, drawers and inside top surface. Here are a few ideas:

  • wallpaper the inside
  • hang pot hooks from the top
  • divide the drawers for alumninum foil, plastic wrap, wax paper, etc.
  • cut out sections of the doors for glass inserts
  • build in spice racks
  • add wheels
  • change knobs
  • paint the outside/inside
  • hang towel racks on the outside
  • add a wine rack inside
  • put your extra kitchen linens in the bottom drawer

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We are turning ours into a 'party-in-a-box'........ a hidden bar!

If it was me, I would do it VERY simply. If you drill a little into the inside, you can always fill it up again with wood filler. I would cut a number of pieces of wood trim (you know, finish trim from Lowes, Home Depot, etc) and measure and screw them to the sides of the armoire. Have Lowes cut shelves to rest on those "ledges", add containers or baskets or whatever you need to organize your stuff. This is really not very hard to do if you have a drill and drill bits, measuring tape and a level. Forget those wire shelves--pain in the rear.

OMG! I have been flooding Q&A's all over the web asking for advise on how to go about this. I have an old wardrobe (that means no drawers or shelves, just a giant box with a pole at the top) that I want to use in the kitchen but don't want to ruin the integrity of the piece in case I want to re-purpose it yet again.  Since I don't have a handy carpenter type to fall back on, I asked someone at my local hardware store to recommend something. She suggested the wire shelves that attach to the two metal rails. Seemed like it would be kinda pricey after buying the rails, the anchors, the brackets, then the shelves, and who can resist all the accessories they offer. And I would still need the HCT to bolt the unit to the wall and the rails to the unit.

So does anyone have another suggestion?

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