Tackle kitchen organization with a few wood boxes. It begins with this easy pantry organization project using farmhouse style storage and DecoArt paint.
The minute my tree comes down, I begin an organization makeover all over the house. Room by room, I feel the need to eliminate clutter and put our life back in order.
During the holidays in the Robb household, our kitchen is the scene of lots of yummy baked goods, savory meals and entertaining messes. So it seems the most natural place to start my organization makeover.
I am part of the DecoArt core blogger team for 2018-2019. This post and paint is sponsored by DecoArt, but all opinions, ideas and creative inspo are from me.
But, this is an easy project and I promise it won’t take a lot of time. It focuses on food storage.
We have a closet-turned-pantry but you may have cupboards, countertops or a beautiful walk-in pantry… and this project works in all of those places.
- Unfinished wood crates (these are only about $8)
- Painters tape
- DecoArt Multi-Surface Paint (for this project I used Turf Green, Cotton Ball, Green Beret, and Black Tie)
- Paint brushes and dabber or sponge
- Pre-made stencil or craft foam to make your own with a cutting machine
- Sand paper
Watch me make this on video!
I demonstrated this entire project on the DecoArt facebook page here. So give it a look to see my show the steps live!
Easy Farmhouse Pantry Storage Steps
First you’ll want to tape off the inside of your box. It’ll be easier if you don’t paint it, trust me. And no one will see inside anyways.
I painted one of my boxes green with a vintage painting effect using the lighter green and darker green. Watch the video for all the details.
I also painted the other box white. I know that some prefer an all white farmhouse style, but I like to mix it up.
I only painted one coat of paint on both boxes. I wanted a more rustic look, so I kinda dig the wood grain peeking through. This also made it dry pretty fast.
I wanted my boxes to look like something I curated from a vintage shop, so I decided add vintage looking typography to the front. I grabbed some craft foam from the dollar store and used my Cricut Maker to cut out the words (make sure they are mirrored or backwards).
Then, apply the letters to a piece of chipboard or cardboard. Add paint to the letters with a dabber (like you might with a stencil) and use it as a stamp for your boxes. It helps to practice a couple of times on a piece of paper.
I love how this stamp technique with multi-surface paint makes the typography look aged and time-worn!
This little nook in the stairway between our basement and kitchen was once a super tiny bathroom… actually, it only had a toilet. We didn’t use it much and decided to turn it into a pantry for food storage. BTW, we replaced the floor, walls and ceilings (after re-reading the last sentence, I thought it might be worth mentioning). LOL.
It’s just a few steps from the kitchen and frees up some of my cupboards.
One of my favorite ways to organize is by grouping items in boxes. It’s pretty and looks less cluttered. Remember this post where I showed you how I repurpose all kinds of vintage boxes for storage and organization around the house?
These boxes are just the right size to group 5 to 10 similar items in my pantry. Putting all my pastas, sauces and canned tomatoes in the green box makes planning pasta night at our house super easy.
I also have a kid chef who loves to bake, so I’ve grouped cake mixes and other supplies together for him.
These boxes are such an easy and inexpensive way to organize your pantry or kitchen. Customize your storage however you like with a little Americana Multi-Surface paint.
Cheers to New Year’s resolutions that include organization projects around the house!
You did such a beautiful job on these crates, and it was an excellent tutorial. I have my little wood crates ready and am just waiting on my DecoArt paint to get busy. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Kristy Robb says
Oh Kaycee that makes me so happy! Merry Christmas to you too!