The Very Best Before & After Pantry Makeovers We Saw This Year

updated Dec 21, 2020
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Before: pantry with wire shelving
Credit: Jessica Norman

Was this ever the year to make the most of a pantry! While everyone scrambled to stock up on staples, never has it been more clutch to have a space to store kitchen goods. (And never have we needed a calm, zen space more!) Swoon over these pantry transformations, and take inspiration to carve out a functional, pretty space for your own kitchen. These five examples prove that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to make over a pantry.

1. A Pantry with Wire Shelving Gets Redone for $250

It seems like wire shelving has been the default in pantries for far too long. This pantry got farmhouse-style shelves — and lots of cute baskets! — for less than $250!

See the transformation: This Pantry with Wire Shelving Got a Super-Impressive $250 Makeover

2. A Home Edit-Inspired Makeover with Color-Coded Organizing

The duo behind The Home Edit got even more popular when their Netflix show launched this fall. Lots of people tuned in and tried the tips they saw in their own spaces. We had one writer give her whole pantry a makeover and she was blown away with the transformation.

See the transformation: I Gave My Pantry a Home Edit-Inspired Makeover — Here’s How It Went

Credit: Lisa Cole

3. A Useless Pantry Becomes an IKEA-Built Home Bar

This ho-hum pantry got turned into …. a home bar, featuring IKEA materials scored during the kitchen event. Now every can, bottle, and cocktail accessory has a (gorgeous) home in this alcove bar, and the pop of color is the perfect gateway to the kitchen.

See the transformation: Before & After: A Useless Pantry Makes Way More Sense as an IKEA-Built Home Bar

Credit: Image: Kaylenec Chittenden

4. A Minimalist, Rustic Pantry Makeover for Less than $500

Open shelving featuring warm wood against crisp, white walls give the new pantry in this Pacific Northwest homestead a fresh, farmhouse style with plenty of functionality. Grouping like items together in sleek jars and cute baskets keeps everything clean and organized, even after stock-ups. Bonus: It’s so fresh and pretty that grabbing dinner ingredients feels like shopping a curated market. 

See the transformation: Before & After: This Pantry Got a Cute Farmhouse-Style Makeover in Just 2 Weeks

Credit: Torie

5. A Makeover That Required Lots of Planning but Not Much Money

Months of planning and research yielded the kind of pantry that dreams are made of in this family’s pantry transformation. (Planning … and lots and lots of labels.) The accessible, functional space corrals a growing family’s stuff with pretty woven and wire baskets for a fun and cheerful look. And thanks to sales and coupons, it cost only $350!

See the transformation: Before & After: This $350 Pantry Makeover Is Ridiculously Impressive