Pantry Progress — One Big Project Crossed Off The List

Good morning, y’all! As promised, I’m here for my daily accountability to show you what I got done in the pantry yesterday. Unlike Friday, yesterday wasn’t about getting lots of little tiny projects crossed off the list. Yesterday was about getting the one (probably) biggest project crossed off of the list — building the four remaining pull-out shelves. Here’s a very quick video of the progress…

(Having trouble? Click here to watch on YouTube.)

I had so many other non-house-related things pulling me in different directions yesterday, but I was still determined that I wasn’t going to go to bed until I got these four pull-outs finished. I finally installed the last one at 11:27pm. Then I made my quick video above, and headed to bed. I was exhausted, but it was so worth it to have that final BIG project crossed off of my “to do” list for the pantry. With very few exceptions, most everything else left on the list is painting.

Anyway, the main cookie sheet pull-out that I made for this right cabinet takes up most of the cabinet, but I still had room at the top for a pretty deep shelf/drawer. The drawer itself has five-inch sides, but can store things that are up to about eight inches high.

Walk-in pantry remodel progress - pull-out shelf for cookware

That gives me plenty of room to store my electric skillet and electric five-quart pot. Don’t freak out at how filthy they are. 🙂 They’ve been sitting in the corner of the studio for months  now — the very room where I’m currently using my saws on an almost-daily basis.

Walk-in pantry remodel progress - pull-out shelf for cookware

Literally every single surface in this pantry will have to be dusted/washed/vacuumed before it’s all said and done, and every piece of cookware and bakeware in here will have to be washed before it’s officially put away for future use. So at this stage of the project, I had no qualms about putting dust-coated cookware in the drawer to make sure they fit. 🙂

And on the other side, I made three pull-outs of equal heights…

Walk-in pantry remodel progress - cabinet with three deep pull-out shelves with full-extension drawer slides

I use full-extension ball bearing drawer pulls on everything, so they work great…

Walk-in pantry remodel progress - cabinet with three deep pull-out shelves with full-extension drawer slides

So as of this morning, this is what my list looks like:

  • Finish painting the edges of the ceiling Done!
  • Add stile on top right cabinet Done!
  • Add stile on cabinet above freezer Done!
  • Add electrical outlet for microwave Done!
  • Wire freezer outlet to breaker box
  • Paint second coat on right side cabinet
  • Paint second coat on freezer cabinet
  • Paint walls and shelves on back and side walls
  • Paint window trim
  • Install under-cabinet lighting
  • Paint four cabinet doors
  • Finish building new drawer fronts Done!
  • Prime and paint drawer fronts
  • Build four more pull-out shelves Done!
  • Clear coat all pull-out shelves and drawers
  • Install and caulk door trim
  • Paint door trim
  • Paint the wall around the door
  • Re-install ceiling light
  • Load in stuff and start using the pantry!

Not too shabby for two days of work, right? And of the fourteen items left on the list, nine of them involve a paint brush. And of the items left, there’s only one I’m dreading, and that’s running the wire for the freezer. For that, I have to walk from one side of the attic to the other, crawl into a somewhat tight space, and feed the wire down through a hard-to-reach hole into the guest bedroom closet. Once that’s done, the rest will be a piece of cake.

But I think I’m going to wait on that. Since I made myself do one of the hardest things on the list yesterday, I’m going to reward myself today with an easy day of painting, and painting, and more painting. It’ll be both productive and relaxing. 🙂


My pantry is finished! Want to see the entire project from start to finish? You can find every single post about the pantry build right here…

Or you can skip to the end and see how it turned out. Here’s a peek of the finished pantry…

Butler's pantry remodel with dark teal lower cabinets, floating corner shelves, and whitewashed wood countertop

You can see more pictures on the before and after post right here…



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  1. Kudos, Kristi! At the rate you are going, you will be finished ahead of your end-end time-frame!

    Congrats and keep up the good work!

  2. I’m so proud of you!!!!! You’re going to enjoy your break beyond measure knowing this is done! Plenty of free time to dream!

  3. Oh, Kristi! You are on a roll and will certainly make your deadline. When I am painting or doing some other long task that doesn’t require me to be “figuring things out,” I listen to audio books or podcasts. The books are available as CDs from most libraries or downloadable from many sources. Sure helps me stay on task.

    You are inspiring me to make my list for today and have at it… love being able to make those check marks!

  4. Your daily updates are very motivational Kristi!
    You inspired me to finally get some attic work I’ve been putting off/dreading done myself yesterday. I put down decking to store seldom used items like Christmas ornaments, and ran some new electric up there, so I feel your pain when it comes to that fridge outlet.

    At least you have spray foam so you don’t have insulation to fight with though!

    At the rate you’re going, you might be done before Christmas.

  5. Oh, Kristi!

    When I think about what you accomplished on your project yesterday, and what I accomplished on mine.. I don’t want to talk about it.

    You are Masterful! (Mistressful?)

    At any rate, Wonderfully Inspiring.

  6. Excellent progress Kristie! At this rate you’ll be able to put your feet up and enjoy the holidays!!! Keep going you’re near the finish line!!!

  7. I rarely post – but I wanted you to know, like so many other readers, I’m motivated. Not only to get work done, but to reach a little further and get better work done. I’m in the early process of a kitchen renovation and as I read your posts I’m thinking “why am I paying someone else to make a floating shelf?” or “why did take that pull out shelf off my list when I can just do it myself?” Thank you so much! I think when I’m finally done, my forever home will be exactly what I’m dreaming and not a compromised version!

  8. Yayyy Kristi !!!!!
    I love this accountability thing. I find myself getting so excited about your ‘checks’, almost as if they’re my own.
    You’ve got this 😁😁😁

  9. I’m so proud of you for sticking to your plan. Once everything is done you’ll be able to look at your pantry everyday and know that it looks beautiful because of your effort and commitment. Congratulations!

  10. Hawt dang! You’re killin’ that list, Kristi! It’s so much fun to see your accomplishments and share in your excitement! Painting goes quickly and makes such a big impact, I am eager to see the finished results. Have fun and keep on keepin’ on, you’ve GOT this!

  11. Good going for getting a BIG project checked off! With the painting today, you should be able to check a few more boxes off. That list is really shrinking, and your finished pantry is SO CLOSE!

  12. Rock on girlfriend! I’m following your lead – tackled the odious task of hanging mudding drywall this week😱 So, today I get to reward myself with Christmas music & a paint brush. (There was no point in playing the music previously – too much grumbling & cursing spilling from lips to enjoy it😏)

  13. A Sunday post about progress is like Christmas morning, I was so excited to open my email and see what you got accomplished. Keep it up and you will beat your deadline

  14. Yep, Kristi, you went with your gut and did things in the order that felt right. Curious that most of the remaining tasks involve painting, which it appears you like to do. Okay, the crawling along the wire trail won’t be the most fun thing, but it means you are almost at the end.

    Colossal result. Enjoy doing the rest. I can’t wait to see it all done.

  15. Oh Kristi great job! Last month I finished the wiring of my 120 year old Victorian. I had finished in the attic but had to enter the crawl space to complete the kitchen, Butler’s pantry and dining room. Cobwebs, bugs, dirt! Ugh! But it is done and I was able to insulate under the floors while I was under there! Horrible at the time but now it is done and I am proud and happy! You are going to be done early! So excited for you!
    Sheila F.

  16. Well Done Kristi – and thank you for your Inspiration- I also got a lot done today because of you! It’s looking close to the finish line for this project for you! Xxx

  17. You are almost there, building those pullouts was the biggest thing left on your list! You have every right to be proud of yourself, major accomplishment, you are my hero!

  18. Well done! Woot! Woot! Yehaw!

    You ate that frog [got the worst/hardest part first!] Smoother sailing from now on, and you’ll be done in no time.

    Maybe mom can come and help with the cleaning stuff that goes in there, while you put it away, before the Holidays!

    What a grand accomplishment! You are knocking it out of the ballpark!

    Now Monday or Tuesday get the other frog eaten [wire the freezer] You’ll need it for the Holidays for your party, to celebrate your new pantry!

    And we all expect to be invited! Vicariously of course! You go girl!

  19. Rah rah Rhee, kick em in the knee. Rah rah rass. Kick em in the other knee! Keep kicking that to-do list in the knees Kristi!

  20. Hi there, been busy preparing for Christmas and home reno’s. But I haven’t missed your achievements. And boy! you are doing an amazing job and pushing through your tough ones etc. So well done.

  21. Give me a K
    Give me an R
    Give me an I
    Give me an S
    Give me a T
    Give me a Y
    What have you got? Kristi
    What have you got? Kristi
    What have you got? KRISTI! Yay Yay Yay

  22. Ha! So fun to see you do it just as I would – knock off a bunch of little ones, grit my teeth for a tough one, then do some easier ones. Whatever works!

  23. Kudos for doing all that, ESPECIALLY at this time of the year, although if memory serves, you don’t really DO gifts at Christmas or at least between you and Matt, so there’s a bit (LOT?) of pressure off your back, at least it would be for me!!! I’m freaking out I’m so behind in that regard.
    That’s going to be (and IS) one of the prettiest pantries ever!

  24. Great job Kristi! I have always been a “list” person. It keeps me focused, however i’ve never come close to what you accomplish! This pantry is going to be organized and beautiful!

  25. ok…this is awesome…I didn’t realize you would be working and posting on the weekend too, so I am behind!
    So exciting to see these posts and your progress.
    IMO…those drawers really should have been listed individually, so REALLY,…you checked off 4 items today!
    annnddd……even though you forgot to put it on your list ;), I think you should add the fix dead outlet in pantry to your list and fix dead outlet in breakfast room,…AND CHECK THEM OFF! 2 more checks! hehe
    You are doing awesome!!…accountability looks good on you!

  26. Hi Kristy- I just wanted to tell you that I read your blog every day and although seeing all the work you do gives me empathy fatigue, I am so incredibly impressed that you notice every last detail and won’t rest until your projects have been executed with military precision. I’ve looked at the angles on your tilework, the sharpness of the ribbon corners on your Greek Key curtains, you name it. Just wanted you to know that someone else notices all these things that you work so hard to do correctly!

  27. Kristi, you´re doing an incredible job……..you must be so proud of yourself and what you´re getting accomplished. You´re on such a roll getting this done, and we your readers and biggest fans, are very proud of you. This is looking like the best stylish, fully organized and customized pantry EVER!!!!