It all started on Pinterest. That’s where all creativity is sparked these days, right? Then I went on daydreaming about it for months, because that is the next logical step. I KNEW I had to do this Crafty Pantry Makeover project in my pantry (versus the bookshelf that was shown in the pin I found) so I went on a hunt for the perfect color/pattern combo! Then it was time to execute!
Of course it seems the pantry is always white inside. You don’t often see people decorating the pantry, do you? It’s visited so often and at most, it only gets an organizing overhaul? Let’s change that! I’m tired of the dirty edges, dirty finger prints and scratched up look. This is not what I want to see when I’m reaching for some food!
I decided to go with the current HOT color, grey, to cover all of that mess! I picked up some grey and white wrapping paper from Michaels along with some Mod Podge that is made for use on paper. I considered making my own mod podge for this project, considering how much of it would be needed, but there are 2 convincing reasons not to: 1) Paper Mod Podge is acid free. 2) this project (my first time decopaging) is attached to my house! I also bought the Mod Podge Spray Sealant (not pictured).
A pint of paint would have been sufficient but I planned to use this on my next project too. I needed three rolls of wrapping paper and 24oz of Mod Podge (one large and one small jar). There were several 50% off coupons used to purchase these products! Gotta love craft store coupons!
After emptying, cleaning and painting the entire pantry it was time to decoupage the walls! I went ahead and did a quick once over with the grey paint on the walls that would be covered with the paper, to be sure no color changes could be detected through the lighter parts of the paper. Then I quickly scuffed it up with sand paper to give the glue some holding power. In case you are new to this, like me, you first put a thin layer of glue on the wall (I used a small foam roller to make it quick and easy but you can use foam brushes or paint brushes too) then you put a thin layer on the back of your paper. I read that you should do the edges of the paper last to make sure you get a good seal on the edges, where it counts! Once it is up on the wall you will go over the whole front side of the paper with the glue and again, focus on the edges to be sure you have a seal.
After a few top coats and a some drying time we gave it a spray with the sealant (kind of like clear spray paint) according to the directions on the can. After that was dry we reloaded the pantry.
I have been saving glass jars as well as collecting silver and glass containers to hold and display our food. This is much cheaper and prettier than those plastic containers that you can buy, in my opinion! We still have room for improvement but it looks SO much better now, doesn’t it?
We love crafting! Be sure to check out our Craft Posts for more ways to create fun, frugal crafts and projects at your house! The DIY Towel Hooks tutorial is incredibly easy and very cute. With Valentine’s Day officially less than a month away be sure to check out this DIY LEGO Rings tutorial for a fantastic, non-candy Valentine this year.
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