I am soooo excited to share with you how to Turn your pantry into a Baking Center!!!
Oh yeah!! Isn't this so cool!? Let me show you a before...
A Baking center is basically a central location where all your baking supplies/tools are at your finger tips and you whip out a batch of bread, or a pan of cookies in no time!
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I told her that I needed to know her design idea and to give me some measurements. She drew out some super great detailed plans. Talk about awesome!! She is amazing! These were the plans we followed and I LOVED all precise measurements, it really came in handy when we were adding the shelves. Starting with a good plan leads to a successful project.
Counter Top. My sister lives in Des Moines and I was SHOCKED at how cheap her lumber is compared to mine....I am not even kidding it was almost half the amount! What!? So. Jealous.
I cut all the wood to fit the space for the shelves, checking to make sure it would fit as I went. Walls are not always even so this is important. Then I marked each board on the edge for where it goes in the closet. This is also important because they are each custom cut for the space, and they may look close to the same size but they are not. I drilled pocket holes into the side shelves so I can attach them later on to the back shelves (I will show you in a minute). We painted all the boards white as well as the inside of the pantry. My sister did most of the painting, cause she is awesome like that, and I avoid it when I can! :)
After measuring the walls and marking where the shelves needed to go, and marking where the studs were, we were able to add the shelf supports by screwing them directly into the studs. If you do not have a stud on a wall you will need use wall anchors. To save time and energy I suggest buying self taping screws...but you can predrill and use regular screws as well. We used 3'' screws on the 1x2 shelf supports, and 4'' screws for the 2x4 supports.
*Tip: use a level when you are marking and attaching your shelf supports.
Hall Closet Makeover, when I added a bench seat to my hall closet. So check that out if you need more detailed instructions on how I built these.
You can see the counter support is built with 2x4's and pocket holes because it holds more weight, it is really pretty easy to do. The only problem is that we got ahead of ourselves...
So be smart, first add the lowest shelf supports, then all the lower shelf boards. Second, attach the counter supports (make sure you are drilling into all studs and using heavy duty wall anchors if needed), and then add the counter top. Last, you can add the top shelf supports and add the shelfs...otherwise you will need help removing and holding and then re-screwing...in other words learn from my (I am not going to say "our" because it really was "mine") mistake!
counter top at Home Depot, they have various sizes and finishes. The smallest one was a little too big for the space, but I knew I could cut it down with my Kreg Rip-Cut and Ryobi Circular Saw. I taped off the area where my final cut mark would be and then marked where to cut (top left). In the top middle and right photo you see I used my Ryobi Jig Saw to cut off the back part, because my circular saw would not fit...I made sure to cut bigger than my measurement so I could get a more accurate cut with my Rip Cut.
On the bottom Left and middle I am guiding my rip cut to make the counter top the correct depth. The rip cut is perfect for getting straight accurate cuts without a table saw, I LOVE it. It also eliminates measuring, because you can set it to the correct length. On the counter length I needed a few inches less, but my rip cut only cuts up to 24'', so I subtracted the amount from the overall length and that gave me the amount I needed to cut off the end (bottom right). Then I made sure it fit in the pantry space...again very important walls are not even, I think I had to shave some off one of the back corners to make it fit.
For the very bottom shelfs I used two 1x8 boards and nailed them into the supports with 2'' finish nails. The counter top was screwed on from underneath through the support boards with 2'' screws, in fact, I think my brother-in-law did this part. Yay for lots of amazing help!
Because we painted the shelves first we didn't need to paint after caulking, maybe a few touch up spots, but believe me it is easier to paint first.
I built this stool off of an inspiration picture, but didn't draw up plans (because of time, but I should have!) It was made from left over scraps from the closet and I made sure it would fit under the lower shelf. It turned out cute, but with the angled cuts it got a little...interesting... I will have to draw up real plans and share it later.
OXO Good Grips POP Containers that...wait for it...SEAL! Yes, pure genius. Keeping everything fresh.
We used my Circut Explore Cutting Machine to make labels with black vinyl and filled them up. She had a lot of these containers already, but we may have run to TJ Max to buy a few more...a couple of times...we just, couldn't. help. our. selves.
Circut out of contact paper, and stencil it on the board. You can see how in my How to make your own signs post.
So what do you think? Would you use a baking center?
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