Friday, January 30, 2015

The Pantry Project

We've been busy working on our new house. The first project we wanted to do was to reclaim this little wasted space at the top of the stairs. Here's the photo that was in the home listing:

See the awkward little cubby to the left there? There was really no good way to use the space as is, and I knew it was valuable real estate because it is right off the kitchen. Here's a view of the space from the bottom of the steps looking up:

We have decided to turn that space into a walk-in-pantry! Yay! Do you hear angels singing? Because I sure do! I am so excited to have a place to put food so I can free up my kitchen cupboards. It will be so nice to be able to walk in and see everything we have lined up on shelves all in one place.

The first order of business was demolition. We cut down the two half walls, and had to remove the wooden banister in the process.

Then there was a whole lot of electrical work. The light switch on the yellow wall controlled the fan and the light switch on the half wall controlled the fan light. Weird, right? So he re-routed the wires to make them all on one switch and added a light in the new pantry room as well as a switch to control it. It was quite the job! You can see the cut he made in the yellow wall to access the wires and the new electrical boxes and ceiling light:

Then we framed in the walls and put the door in.

Suddenly a totally unusable and awkward space is turning into one of the most functional spots in the house!

We still need to drywall, tape, texture, paint, and build the shelving, but it's a pretty good start, and I've been so excited to share it with you that I couldn't wait any longer.

I've been trying to come up with a plan for the shelving inside. I know I want to do floor-to-ceiling shelves along the yellow wall and the back wall (so it will be L-shaped), but I'm having a hard time deciding on the distance between shelves and if I should add some tall slot space to put brooms and the vacuum. Any suggestions? If you have a pantry, what do you love about it? What would you change? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Two last thoughts: 1) I can't wait to get rid of the last little bit of that horrid nacho cheese colored wall and 2) isn't my husband a stud? Because when I say "we," I actually mean that HE has done all this work himself. I just hand him tools, vacuum up drywall bits, and hold the level.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce

I love Chick-Fil-A. More specifically, I love Chick-Fil-A sauce. I don't eat out often, so I knew I needed to come up with a way to get my sauce fix without having to go out. After doing some searching and some taste testing, I have found the perfect copycat recipe! And it's so easy, I wonder why I never thought of it before.

Mix one part barbecue sauce with one part Ken's Honey Mustard dressing. Done!

I told you it was easy. Don't let that fool you, though. This stuff rocks! I love it on french fries, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets. Mmm... seriously, it's SO good!
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