4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry – How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

“You are going to leave your pantry wide open with no door? What are you thinking!” That’s the reaction I got from everyone on social media when I decided to leave the casing on the opening of our walk in pantry doorless.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

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I’m not going to lie. Sometimes it’s hard being a creative, becuase so many people have their own opinions about how things “should be” and they like voicing those thoughts… loud and clear.

But sometimes those people are wrong… sometimes it takes an artist to think out of the box and do something un-normal… something crazy… making the end result something amazing!

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

Here’s a reminder of what the before space of what is now our pantry looked like in early 2018. My husband is always telling me I need to post more photos of the befores. But I hate to because they are so ugly. Haha!

DIY Organized Walk In Modern Farmhouse Butler's Pantry Makeover With Floating Shelves - Using Crate & Pallet, Home Depot Brackets

We built a wall and door casing to make this weird bump out a functional space for our family. Our house has very little storage, so a big area like this was just what we needed.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

Here’s a couple tips I put together while sourcing and planning my pantry:

-What ingredients do you cook with the most? Get large jars that will hold your main ingredients, small ones for things like spices.

-If you have little ones, do a “snack basket” for them with kid friendly things. That will keep them away from wanting to get into your breakable jars.

-Display your Recipe Box! It will come in handy while measuring out ingredients.

-Use crates to hide/hold bigger bulky items.

-Don’t be afraid to display some home decor. I added this “pantry” sign I made with reclaimed wood & a big pretty box to hide the small odds and ends.

I am so glad I didn’t cave into the peer pressure of putting a door on my pantry just becuase of all the people telling me, “You won’t keep it clean & you won’t be able to hide all the mess.” I knew in my head what I wanted this space to look like, and it was going to be too amazing to hide away.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

I am actually not a naturally clean person- it took marrying my husband (who is very neat & tidy) to step up my game. Once I planned out what I was going to do with this space, I knew it wouldn’t actually be hard to keep up with. I was going to do jars for the dry goods, canned goods would be on the top shelves to the left, and root veggies in the vegetable crates on the floor.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

I put all my spices in jars, and all the kitchen pantry stuff (like cupcake liners, plastic cups, paper plates, etc) would go in the baskets with lids. Out of sight, but easy to access.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

I keep all the “less” visually pretty stuff on the left side of the pantry since it’s less more hidden. Chips, bread, and puppy treats go in the crates on the bottom shelf.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

This wooden box right here holds things like cake boxes, canned goods, and just random assorted stuff that doesn’t go in jars.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

I don’t blame most people for wanting a door to hide the mess. But having everything out in the open actually helps me stay on top of keeping it tidy, and is great for grocery shopping inventory.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

We don’t have any upper kitchen cabinet storage now (which I LOVE ascetically!) so having a big walk in pantry is a life saver. Even though it isn’t in the same room as the kitchen (it’s just a couple steps away in the next room which acts as our mudroom), having everything in one large space makes cooking and baking prep so easy. Often times I’ll just grab my measuring cup & kitchen aid bowl, and bring them to the pantry to measure everything out.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

Eventually I may store less dishes in here, but that depends on whether or not we do floating shelves in the kitchen, and how big we build the kitchen island. But for now, we have our every day plates & baking dishes on these floating shelves.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

The artwork I put on the wall we built to enclose the pantry is all hand lettered by yours truly. You can find the free printable version HERE.

4 Months With Our Walk In Farmhouse Butlers Pantry - How We Are Liking It & Tips On Pantry Organization

So I guess the question everyone is wondering is if I would still keep my pantry visible and out in the open? the answer: YES! Other than having a one year old who likes to take all the potatoes an onions out of their crates (haha!) I have no regrets.

I did shuffle things around a bit in the beginning. But now everything has a place for the most part & I am so thrilled & blessed to have such an amazing pantry. It’s every baker’s dream!

If you want to see more details on how we built this pantry, go to this post HERE.

Go HERE for the three FREE printables I used on the wall next to the pantry opening.

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  1. Tina Vinson

    February 13th, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Very lovely! My plan for my pantry will be a screen door…eventually. But my tiny pantry is under the stairwell and includes ductwork – not pretty.

  2. Karin

    March 7th, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I love this! White ship lap paired with natural wood tones is my favorite thing.

  3. Hannah Hathaway

    March 7th, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Same! Thank you so much!

  4. Terre

    March 7th, 2019 at 8:32 am

    You are so talented!! My inspiration!!!

  5. Hannah Hathaway

    March 7th, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you so much!

  6. Jeanine Crowder

    March 7th, 2019 at 9:45 am

    It’s beautiful and functional. I especially like how you also placed your baking dishes and mixing bowls in there to free up kitchen space. Nice job!

  7. Hannah Hathaway

    March 7th, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you! I love that I have room in here o make it functional, and pretty!

  8. Leonora

    March 7th, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Wow, that looks great! I love what you’ve done to the whole place. I’m admiring your flooring in the above pictures – did you purchase this flooring and what brand/type is it (if you don’t mind), or is this one of your projects?

  9. Hannah Hathaway

    March 7th, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you! It’s Ann Arbor Oak fro Home Depot. We love it!

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