I have a working pantry!
Once Hubby had the door in the right spot, I put up a bit of sheetrock.
Desperate to have a place to put some of the piles and boxes of things, I put shelving between the studs where I’d drywalled.
Then I started working on the main interior of the pantry. Shelves! I’m not good with deep shelves (messy, disorganized), so I made most of them 9″ deep, except for one high shelf of 12″.
I painted (primer, really) the gun cabinet and all the shelves and walls. I pieced my countertop back together (I intend for that area to be an appliance garage) and cut a piece to fit (from the cooktop cut-out) to make a small workable countertop inside the pantry. I used an old whittled tree branch from the garage (?) as a ‘table leg.’ I also had to fill in the back corner with underlayment and a scrap of vinyl.
As soon as I could, I got to work stocking it, and so far it’s fantastic! There is still a lot of outer stuff to deal with (mud/tape/corner bead/paint), but the usability factor is top-notch!
I LOVE having all these between-the-studs shelves. And even the rustic plywood and primer.. It reminds me of a ‘grandma’s pantry’ and I have no problem with that. 🙂
Oh, I also got my cookbook shelf operable! Just waiting for some upper molding along the ceiling.