The Pantry Floor

Until we get all the drywall up in the pantry, we have this great little shortcut from the kitchen through the closet in the back of the library. I was thinking of putting a little secret doorway into the pantry, so we could store snacks in a convenient place. But then again, we could just as easily store snacks in the library if we wanted that.

Shortcut to the library

Today we spent some time planning the shelves that will go from floor to ceiling against the back wall of the pantry (the wall shared with the library). I've had some bad experience with shelves that start at floor level (things get kicked, dirt gets on stuff, that sort of thing), and we had a small floor level issue to deal with anyway, so our solution was to build a platform bottom shelf to start from. It ended up this wide because of the location of the floor weirdness.

Platform shelf

But we had bigger problems than a little bump in the floor. The pantry had been turned into a bathroom, and rather inelegantly so, so we had a lot of random holes all over the floor. These are conveniently located where we plan to put counters and the fridge, but there's a constant draft from the basement that we wanted to block. Also, the original floor is about an inch below the current kitchen floor, and anyway neither of those floors is going to survive our big post-Ten Year Plan floor project, so we chose the easy route.

1`Holes in the floor

We cut a piece of plywood and nailed it in place over the floor. Instant smooth surface, and I'm thinking a package or so of those self-adhesive vinyl floor tiles seems pretty appropriate. Not my first choice, by any metric, but functional for the time being.

Plywood floor

With that done, we took the first step to walls and put up two pieces of drywall. We had three sheets in the front hall (we like to store building supplies around for ambiance), and that was about what we could install without interfering with some electrical work that will be happening later this week. It's already noticeably brighter in there.

Partially drywalled

We stopped because of lack of materials (those 4x8 sheet goods are logistical nightmares), and cleaned the fridge. Which was an adventure all its own (John left behind a package of meat when he moved out).

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posted by ayse on 07/13/08


I love seeing your step by step process for fixing up your pantry. The inner monologue about the former bathroom and the floor problems gives a lot of insight to the whole room. I'm totally hooked on your blog. Can't wait to see what happens next! :) Keep up the good work! -Kelli

What a neat little pantry -- that's one of the great things about older homes -- there are all these great little hide-away spots. I'm sure you will notice a huge improvement in the available space in your kitchen proper. Are you going to finish the opening to the pantry with trim and such? And, any chance that the peel 'n stick tiles in the pantry will match the kitchen flooring?

Kelli, glad you're enjoying it.

Peg, I'm pretty sure that we'll do something with the opening to make it less rough -- right now you get gypsum dust all over you if you brush against the edges, and that's not fun. And if they have flooring that matches the kitchen, sure, we'll use that. But something makes me guess it would be hard to find, and I don't want to spend too much time or energy on it.

We used peel and stick in our bathroom, just because we hated the vinyl the previous owner put down, and because we moved the toilet, so had to patch it anyways. It makes a good temporary floor, until we tile the bathroom. That's a good sized pantry, I wish we had one like that.

Looks great! I've always wanted a pantry. I wonder if one of those painted linoleum "rugs" would work in there? You can make your own to fit.

Derek, the best part about this pantry is that there's another one on the other side of the kitchen (smaller, though).

Kitt, I should look into that. My big gripe with the vinyl floor tiles is that they're made of vinyl, which I prefer to avoid when possible because it's toxic, nasty stuff. I wonder if they sell linoleum stick-on tiles.

I am not a big fan of vinyl (tiles) either. We just redid our kitchen floor with marmoleum, it's more expensive than vinyl but it does come with click tiles these days (you probably know this already though). Also, another (temporary) idea would be to simply paint the plywood floors and poly it (but again, you probably thought of this long before I did). Good luck!

Kati, I'll look into the Marmoleum -- I didn't know they had click tiles. I had considered painting the floor, but it just doesn't seem very appealing. I've been thinking it might be worth just doing it as a sheet of linoleum, but getting the stuff to lie down flat and smooth is such a pain.

Try to come up with a more long lasting floor for your pantry. but if want to retain it, you just need to make its a little with creative so it doesn't look plain.

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Joyce Anne, I appreciate that you're just a spammer, and thus not given to a lot of introspection, but it does seem kind of stupid to try to spam by insulting the person you're marketing to incoherently.

Also, can you think of a good reason why I might not care about the durability of the floor? This is an open-book test. Feel free to actually read this web site for the answer.

Note: We're getting pummeled with spam comments, so I've turned off the ability to use any HTML or include any links for the time being. Email with any issues.

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