Stylish Pantry Storage for $805
Industrial shelving and vintage touches create an indispensable new larder
After: Floor-to-ceiling shelves give the space purpose and offer lots of room to stow pantry items and small appliances. New vintage-style ceiling lights brighten the formerly dark area.
Adding built-ins is a foolproof way to combine form and function in a blank space. Just ask Roeshel Summerville, whose home in Butler, Pennsylvania, featured a narrow, awkward transition area in what was once the entry foyer of the 1927 farmhouse. Since the adjacent kitchen was short on storage, Roeshel decided to put the extra space to work as a pantry.
Before: Once the home's entry foyer, the unused space off the kitchen was bigger than a hallway but smaller than a room.
First, she had an electrician friend install, free of charge, three home-center ceiling fixtures to light the area. To avoid the mess of hard-wiring through the plaster walls, Roeshel settled on exterior wiring masked by industrial-style oil-rubbed bronze cord cover. Inspired by the new fixtures' look, she decided to create the shelves using iron pipes and pine planks. Building the unit in place, she bore holes through the front of the wood shelves to thread the pipes. The back of each shelf rests on pipe elbows, secured to the wall for support, and the whole unit is anchored to the wall at the top with flanges. Now the shelves hold the microwave and jars of dry goods. "What we lacked in the kitchen, we made up for in this area, which really wasn't being used for anything," Roeshel says. "The space has a purpose now."
Plywood boards: $30 each
The Project Tally
• Had an electrician friend install three semi-flush-mount lights with surface-mount wiring, which is hidden under metal channels painted with an oil-rubbed bronze finish to match the fixtures $275
• Built shelves using iron pipes and plywood from the home center $500
• Finished wood with antiqued dark-brown stain and pipes with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint $30
• Added a lined-paper-patterned accent wall using on-hand tape and paint $0