Let’s just say we know our limits. Taking out a wall…no matter how small…is not something we were comfortable doing. We have a fabulous handy man. He has finished 2 basements for us…and built us a deck on our last house. He is trustworthy and timely and just an all around great guy. If you are local to Louisville I can give you his number. He was able to take out the wall where our pantry was in half a day…and he finished the drywall like new again! I took a few pictures in case you wanted to tackle this yourself….

The pantry was emptied and the cabinet above the fridge was taken off to allow some space to work and also to be able to finish the drywall properly.




Ready for paint! We gained about 6 inches of space too! Love that!!!

Here is what the pantry area looks like today…..I was going to wait and do one big kitchen reveal…but I think it is fun to share the whole process with you guys. Plus..I had a few people asking me “what’s up with the kitchen girl” ….So here we are today.

Looking better already right?!?! We love this added space…even though it is small..it is mighty :)

We made this countertop for about $10…a post on that coming up next week. We wanted a butcherblock feel….it turned out better than we could have hoped for! It is constructed from 2 by 12 white pine boards. I will have the whole tutorial up next week for you. I am in love with this counter!


My honey added a sweet little wine bottle storage spot….love this!! I will be getting the entire piece primed and ready for paint….

I found a perfect sized mirror for the “backspash at Kirklands…$10! I thought it would be nice to have some reflection under the wall shelves….It will just hang on the wall.

The teacup lamp was my Grammies and it has been in Emily’s room since she was a baby. She said I could have it for my kitchen now ;) Just need to find it a better shade….the one that Emily had was pink and green. On the hunt for a new one :)

Time to go grocery shopping!


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Looks awesome, Tracie! Super impressed!

  2. […] shared with you a little update on the kitchen pantry last week. We are really loving the space. I wanted to share with you our counter top project. We thought […]

  3. Way to think out side the box! I LOVE that you tore out the small closet for additional counter space and I think your wood counter top turned out very nice. I recently priced one out for a client and they start out at $95.00 a square foot from a source we use. Cute wine cubbies as well.. I got my little walk in Pantry from stealing a little space from an adjacent unused small bedroom.

  4. […] took out the pantry and added in some open shelves and a base cabinet…along with our custom wood countertop. So open […]

  5. Where are the directions to build the cabinet thing under the walnum-colored countertop? Did I miss that?

  6. I absolutely love this!!!! We are moving into a place where we have to rip out ugly shelves and this is something i have been searching to do! Please follow through with the tutorials, dying to see how you did this! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me.

  7. How has the counter held up so far? Are there any scratches or noticeable wear so far? I’m thinking about doing this in our kitchen next year. We have cheap Ikea cabinets and the counter tops are starting to chip and flake.

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