Happy Easter! I hope everyone had better weather than we did here in Raleigh on Sunday. The sun came out yesterday, but Easter was cloudy and cold. Not accommodating for a cheery, spring outfit. Nevertheless, He is risen! That's enough reason to celebrate.
We spent a lot of our weekend studying and reworking our kitchen renovation plans - cabinet placement, what will be stored where. I want to do open shelving instead of all upper cabinets, and getting the placement to feel balanced has been a little challenge. Before that, I thought a lot about our pantry doors, so I wanted to do a post dedicated to some really pretty pantry doors. Not even the inside of the pantry - really just the doors!
If you do have a dedicated pantry in your kitchen and aren't just using kitchen cabinets (which is what we're doing now), there are pretty much two ways you can go: a built-in pantry using cabinetry or open shelving behind one or two interior doors. Of course if you choose the second and you have the space, you could have a walk-in pantry. Let me know in the comments below what your preference is!
The built-in pantry seems to be the more popular choice in new kitchens if you don't have the space for a walk-in, which we don't. I was undecided on what I wanted for a while, but I ended up choosing to use interior doors and open shelving. The first photo with the black French doors is what I'm aiming for.
A built-in pantry usually saves some space and the continuity of the cabinets can be nice, especially if you have a small kitchen. Our kitchen won't be huge, but we will have a decent uninterrupted run of cabinets/counter, so continuity isn't a concern for me. I feel like we have enough cabinetry already and it will be nice to have something unique for the pantry.
I don't think we'll have space for sliding barn doors at the pantry, but I love this look below for barn doors in general.
I REALLY like the windowpane doors, but whether I'll be okay with seeing everything inside the pantry is questionable. I might just have to get baskets and bins to hide everything. I haven't even started looking at doors yet, so this is all very TBD.
These below are not pantry doors, but they're the most gorgeous pocket doors ever! I'm not sure where the original image is from, unfortunately. Just imagine if these led to your pantry! The rest of your kitchen would have to kick it up a notch.
I'm not doing a built-in pantry, but I wanted to include a few pretty options of those, too. I would definitely choose a built-in pantry for a small L- or U-shaped kitchen where you can see all angles from anywhere in the space. When you already have a fridge, dishwasher and oven breaking up the cabinetry and you can see it all at once, you don't need another block for your eye to jump to.
How cool is the one below with a light inside? Looks like you're opening a fridge.
The middle cabinet below might really be a fridge, but I think we can still call this a pantry WALL. So pretty! You've got to have the ceiling height for this to not feel too weighty in your kitchen.
If we did a built-in, we would use roll-out trays like this inside. Especially helpful if your cabinets are deeper than 12!"
Last but not least, a pantry that defies my "one of two options" statement. So actually you can have a built-in AND a walk-in if your heart desires. :)
I can't wait to share our actual floor plan for the addition! When the plans are officially ours, I'll share a photo of the whole thing, hopefully soon!