In this post: Learn how to turn a small closet into a pantry storage cupboard!
Ever wonder where to store all the extra supplies that come with having company during the Holidays?
Well, last month we made over one of our little hall closets with the help of our friends at Black+Decker.
The Hall Closet Before
So the hall closet at the top of the stairs was really just a dumping ground for all the things.
We already had a front hall closet and a linen closet, so I’m not even sure what the original intention was for this space. And since we really needed an extra storage spot for pantry-type overflow, we decided that we’d use this closet for that!
Pantry Closet After
After only one weekend of work, the closet now looks like this:
How to Turn an Extra Small Closet into a Pantry
- 1″ x 2″ primed mdf *
- melamine shelving *
- #10 2″ flat head wood screws *
- BLACK+DECKER Matrix Combo Kit
- glue or construction adhesive (optional)
- paint and paintbrush (optional)
*Actual amounts will depend on your closet measurements.
1. Sand away existing materials
Remove any existing (unusable) shelves or rods. Sand the wall smooth using the Matrix sander attachment.
2. Measure and mark for shelves
Measure and mark where you’d like the shelves to be and how far apart you’d like them on the back and two side walls of the closet. This will vary based on what you’d like to have room to store. We left extra room on the bottom for large pantry pails. You may want to do the same, but for a vacuum or large cases of food. Our other shelves are equally spaced at 10″ apart. Spacing will depend on what you’d like to store in your pantry.
3. Mark to level shelves
Mark each shelf with a level and piece of wood (or just a large level if it will fit into your closet).
4. Find studs
Find and mark the studs along your shelf lines.
5. Mark length for shelving supports
Mark the lengths for each of your shelf supports (back and sides). Then using a square mark a straight line for cutting. Repeat for all supports.
6. Cut shelves
Cut along marked lines on shelf supports using Matrix jigsaw attachment. Repeat for all supports.
7. Mark stud location on shelf supports
Pre-drill all holes for screws on shelf supports using Matrix drill attachment.
9. Attach shelf supports to walls
Attach shelf supports to walls (back wall and side walls) using screws and Matrix driver attachment.
10. Paint if needed
At this point, if your closet needs painting, paint the whole thing, including shelf supports.
11. Measure and cut melamine
Measure and cut melamine to size for each shelf using the Matrix jigsaw attachment.
12. Put shelves on supports
Put shelves on supports. Glue or screw into place if desired.
Now there is enough space for everything!
To see how we finished the closet pantry and made it prettier, check out this post on making the closet pantry prettier!