The too-tall mixer: a story
Ever since I was blessed with a lovely red Kitchen-Aid a year or two ago, I’ve had a dilemma. Storing it on the counter showed it off nicely but used valuable counter space. The other option was the pantry, except due to its height, the only place it fit there was on the floor. Not ideal.
Last week John and I brainstormed a solution. My pantry is triangular, with two sides of the triangle being shelving, and the long side of the triangle consisting of bi-fold doors. This leaves a nice bit of open space in the center, allowing you to walk into the pantry. We decided it also gave us just enough space deepen one of the shelves with a new bit of shelving, on which we could place the mixer. (John says I’m never going to be done coming up with new places for him to build shelves, and maybe it is true. Shelves do so improve a place.)
Once John got the new curved shelf installed in the corner, it obviously needed paint. And looking at the shelves around it, I could see the truth: the whole pantry was in need of paint. Saturday morning I made a Home Depot run to pick out glossy white paint for the shelving. There I spotted a ‘mistake’ quart of gloss red paint on mark-down (rejected by someone who didn’t like the color after it was mixed) and on impulse decided to use it to paint the walls behind the shelves.
It was 3 PM before I got started emptying shelves. It was 11 PM when I got the last paint on the last shelf. But as you can see, it is a real improvement. We ended up actually adding two shelves: one for the Kitchen-Aid and one above it for my food processor, which I’d been storing taken apart because all stacked together, it didn’t fit on my shelving either. So the two new bits of shelving really improved my space.
Here’s how it looked with the shelves all emptied. Yikes, what a mess.
Here’s how it looked all crisp and ready to be filled. You can see the two new curved shelves that John built for me. I am so blessed to have a handyman for a husband!
And here’s the finished project, from various angles.
It feels like a whole new pantry– I love it. And yes, this too was a Pinterest-inspired project– here’s the photo that got our creative wheels spinning.