DIY Pantry Build-out & Barn Door

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**I previously wrote this blog on a different platform and wanted to share it here. 

There are a lot of strange things about the Dutch house… Little “design” quirks that we don’t quite understand. We have wondered if the house was finished by an amateur instead of a professional builder because there are some details that are just odd. Of course, we ourselves are amateurs, so we can’t say a lot!


First Step: Change the Direction of the Basement Stairs

One part of the house that frustrated me when we moved in was the placement of the basement stairs. When you came in from the garage, you had to walk through the living room and into the kitchen to access the basement stairs. Knowing how muddy our driveway can get and the hopes of a future family in this house, I knew that wouldn’t work (sloppy boots, anyone?). I also knew that our kitchen could use some more storage space…. And I was secretly hoping to find a location for my coveted barn door!

Lucky for me, when I come up with a good idea, the hubs is willing to make it a reality! So, here are a few pictures of the process. 

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As usual, you will have to excuse the construction mess in these pictures and the poor i-Phone quality of the photos. The photo above is a shot of the space between the fridge and the original basement stairs. So, the first step was to flip the direction of the stairs. Oh, and I must mention that our basement stairs were creepy. They were made of OSB, the basement door opened inward, and you pretty much were thankful when you made it up or down alive. ;)

Nate and his brother, Brian, tore into the project and flipped the direction of the stairs and built mores sturdy steps! You can see the outline of the previous stairs on the wall in the photo below. The area where they cut the new door was a little wall between the garage entry/laundry room and the living room. Definitely a more ideal place for the basement stairs. 

Flipping the basement stairs


Second Step: Build Out the Pantry

Once the stairs were installed, Nate had to build the wall and start building the actual pantry. We decided to make it a fun angle to add some character and to optimize the space.

 Framing out the pantry walls

Framing out the pantry walls

 Nate showing off how roomy the pantry will be. 

Nate showing off how roomy the pantry will be. 

 Nate installed all of the drywall and then we hired someone to mud/sand it all. Nate was relieved because there were a lot of angles that wouldn't have been fun to deal with! 

Nate installed all of the drywall and then we hired someone to mud/sand it all. Nate was relieved because there were a lot of angles that wouldn't have been fun to deal with! 

 Ready for paint! 

Ready for paint! 

 Nearly finished! 

Nearly finished! 

 A little side-by-side before and after. 

A little side-by-side before and after. 

Update: 

Here is a more updated picture of the pantry. Since building the pantry, we have completely redone the kitchen and added a barn door!

Finished Pantry with Barn Door