A Canning Pantry!
With our evolving urban farm, all the canning, jam making,
pickling and fermenting we do.
We have outgrown this little 1951 house's storage.
With an older house that has closets that are
two feet by three feet, you have to be really smart
about how you use your space.
Unfortunately, here in Phoenix, homes do not have root
cellars. Don't even get me started on how crazy this is,
we are the ones that should have them and basements too.
When you have summers that are 115 degrees and
six feet into the earth it stays a constant 56 degrees.
But I digress...
We've had this little closet next to our carport door.
We really only used it for purses, keys and
the occasional sweater.
but behind this closet was a large outdoor storage closet
that would store all those items you need but not everyday;
ice cream makers, paella pans, roasting pan, chafing dishes,
griddle...you get the idea.
A few years ago we added a pantry into our laundry room, which helped,
but this space is limited for the amount of items we put up.
Then at Christmas time, when I was going
into the outdoor closet multiple times a day.
It dawned on me...why don't we knock out the wall between the
two closets and make one big indoor closet?
It is funny how you can design spaces for others,
but in your own home, you can live with such a poor
use of space for years and it did not even phase me!?!
It is like the shoemakers children having no shoes.
So last week we started fixing the problem.
Here's the wall riped down in between the two closets
and the outside door being framed in for a window.
And now, where we are at...
The window is now in and trimmed out, almost all the bead board is up.
The vintage pink door that I found at Sweet Salvage, was
exactly the right dimensions with all the original hardware
including hinges, is hung.
I am going to leave it this crazy chippy pink color...
I love it and so does my inner Grandma. :)
So now all we have to do is finish up the bead board, figure out
flooring, put up the trim and baseboards and then,
design custom shelves that will hold all the different size kitchen
items, along with all my canning supplies, plus a spot that we
can put our big huge fermenting crocks and have them in the dark.
This is where I need to get super creative with our space planning
because every square inch counts.
I'll let you know what I come up with!
We have just a few spots left for
Brunch at the Coop
Saturday, April 4
tickets available here.
Chicken 101 Class
Taught by my friend and chicken mentor, Jim Dennis.
If you are interested in keeping chickens,
this is the class for you!
Sunday, April 14
Register for the class here.
Have a wonderful weekend!