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    I love the green cabinets.

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    As far as pantry vs no pantry, even if planning to move in a few years, I would go with functionality. Would it make the kitchen work better for you? How did things change when you removed the pantry?

    Our pantry is a closet in our basement with one of those unfinished pine Ikea shelving units. It works.

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    Functionally, what’s the difference between a pantry and a shelving unit?

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    In my next dream kitchen, there would be both a huge island to spread out on and a big closed pantry so I can see and reach all that I need. Would prefer no upper cabinets. Light, open, and bright. Will never have it but that would make cooking so much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosemary View Post
    As far as pantry vs no pantry, even if planning to move in a few years, I would go with functionality. Would it make the kitchen work better for you? How did things change when you removed the pantry?

    Our pantry is a closet in our basement with one of those unfinished pine Ikea shelving units. It works.
    Good questions. When I removed the pantry I found that now I have piles of stuff everywhere and the items that used to be all corralled into one cabinet are now stored in at least three different places. I've got some stuff in pull-out drawers and other stuff in two upper cabs located across the kitchen from each other. The most functional space in a pantry cabinet is the middle section where you can see everything and grab what you want. I thought using upper and lower cabs would be the same but it's not, you lose that very functional middle space. I'm 5' so I can only comfortably reach the first shelf on the uppers. Things become hard to find and get shuffled around a lot. Especially now that we have to stock up more than usual and have things on hand that are shelf stable: flour, rice, beans, oatmeal, etc.

    IL - a pantry would typically mean top to bottom shelves in one place with doors that open so you can see everything at a glance. To me anyway. I've only ever had a cabinet, not a closet or walk-in unit. So a shelving unit that serves the same purpose would be considered a pantry. What makes them bulky is that they are usually as deep as the base cabinets so you end up with a floor to ceiling 24" deep cabinet, usually at least 24" wide. People are taking them out to make the kitchen look more spacious. The one I have, which is original to my 1960's kitchen, is 36" wide by 18" deep. Very functional, I think unless you have pull-out drawers 24" is too deep. Ikea has some really great functional pantry cabs, even some that are very slim.
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    When I look at how functional all these units are, I'm wondering how we let ourselves be convinced that we should get rid of them! I blame all those glossy magazine layouts. My sister just did a complete new $40k kitchen, gutted down to the studs, relocated the kitchen to different part of the house so had to move plumbing, exhaust vents, electrical, etc., and her gorgeous kitchen has barely any storage. A small section of shelving will be located across the house in the laundry room for her to use as a pantry and small appliances will be stored in a closet in the hallway. I would want two pantry cupboards in the kitchen, one for food and the other for appliances.
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    We added a pantry cabinet to our kitchen. Fortunately the cabinets came from Home Depot so was easy to match. We also added a top and bottom cabinet. We moved the washer and dryer to the garage to make room.

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    I am sad that I know I will never own a house with a Butler’s pantry. I’m too old and will not be buying a big old house that has one. There are some old condos that have them, But they tend to be too big for me

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    Kitchen Porn!

    Let's do some fun kitchen porn and share photos of kitchens you like. The only criteria is that you like it!~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geila View Post
    Let's do some fun kitchen porn and share photos of kitchens you like. The only criteria is that you like it!~
    You and your porn, Geila!

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