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Project: "Pantry"

Last Updated: 12/30/06

 

This time I'm cheating and not making a whole new page for the most recent photos.  The newest photos are here at the top and the older photos are down below, with a link to the first set of photos in the lower part.
My parents came for a visit in mid-July and I told my Dad we were going to finish the pantry.  He agreed and it turned out to be a pretty big job, taking us a couple of days.  However, I didn't take very many photos, so you don't get much more than a before and after photo on this one.
So, here's the before photo.  We're going to install a floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet to the right of the dryer.  As you can see I have random shelving in this space and at the bottom is an area for my recycling containers.  The city of Bellevue recently changed their recycling program, conveniently, so my recycling containers are now obsolete.  Very handy, since I want to use this space for a pantry.

Installing a cabinet here involves working around the plumbing pipes at the back near the floor.  They presented a challenge but we were up to the task.

Here Alex is helping Grandpa unpack the parts of the cabinet from their boxes.
And here, a day later, is the final product.  I wanted to put doors on this cabinet but we were not smart enough to put a bit of a platform underneath the cabinet.  The doorstep into the kitchen (bottom right of photo here) interferes with cabinet doors, and if we had just built it up off the level of the garage floor a few inches, a door would have cleared the step.  And we couldn't install a platform after the fact because the cabinet was cut and customized to accommodate the plumbing.  Oh well.  It's OK without doors.  Everything is accessible!  Yay!  Now I have a place to store all my kitchen toys and extras.

 

 

Click here to see progress from before the November 2003 update
 
It doesn't look like a lot of progress since there's only one photo, but it was a lot of work to install this chunk of countertop for us two amateurs (me and my Dad).  It took us most of a weekend to figure out how to install it, then cut it, put on the edge strips, sand and file the edge strips, and then fasten the counter down.  We're pretty proud of ourselves.

 

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