Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A little bit of Southern Charm....

Ok Sassy Readers..
I have another fabulous guest poster!
I am loving this all of the inspiration that these fabulous women are sending our way!

Suzanne at Southern Inspiration is the beautiful woman behind today's tips.
Hopefully she will inspire you all as she did me!!




If you will remember my initial post about the
pantry
, you will remember that I said it was one hot mess!!! Good
thing it has a door on it, right?  All those cabinets to the left
of the white door (the pantry), at one time held a hodge podge of
dishes, coffee and tea fixings, mugs, bowls, etc.  But there were
also dishes over to the other side of the kitchen as well.  It just
was disorganized.  And my pantry was totally disorganized and way
too full, especially since we only have three people in our
household.  I've been used to cooking for five for so long, that
I've got to learn to buy less, accumulate less, and also needed to get
rid of excess stuff I'd held onto for far too long......um,
hummm.........needed a do-over!  Please disregard the extra stuff
on the countertop......I was working, not cleaning!    So I
pulled everything out of my pantry, and everything out of the dish
cabinets.....and began a major transformation that has turned out to be
fantastic!  But it wasn't until today that I actually finished the
project.....because I needed to replace the shelf covering...it was old
contact paper that looked like this:

Old and dirty and out-dated, this needs a make-over , too!!! 
So I picked up some more contact paper, after deciding that it would
work the best.  The padded grid covering doesn't allow the dishes
to slide in, which is what is helpful for me to put dishes away
quickly.  Here's a picture of putting back together to put the food
away.  My husband and I had taken a trip to WalMart to pick up
tiered shelving for cans and white plastic baskets for holding chips,
crackers and the like.
So today, I started putting the shelf paper in the
pantry.......can you tell when I bought it, I was ready for spring and
flowers??? No more drab skies for me!  I think it will look great
in my pantry.


And now it's springy and organized and pretty!  The only dilemma is
this next picture.  The picture below is the top shelf in the
pantry.  It's nice because it holds all my tall things like the
SLaHOME Savannah Beverage Server and my Astoria Carafe, and a few
bottles of wine and liquor.  The PROBLEM with it is, that top
shelf, which is not yet populated with said items, goes up about three
feet!!!  Talk about wasted space!  It's difficult to even get
anything up there (of course I have to use a stool anyway since I'm only
5'2".   The only solution I've been able to imagine is to get
someone to frame out an open shelf above the pantry door, and use it as
a display area........anyone else have any ideas???  If you go back
to the top picture, you can imagine a framed- out indention where the
wrought iron piece is above the door.  It might even be cool to
have a fold down glass front.  What do you think could otherwise be
done?  I hate to waste that space!!!
So this is the result of my pantry transformation.....maybe I'll link it
up next Monday to Susan's party or Amanda's design dilemma next
month.  Thanks for any ideas you have to offer.....sorry to have
waited so darned long to post this!!



Wonder if I could make a pillow out of shelf paper.
What do you think?

Thanks again Suzanne!

♥ Tausha

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