ORC Week 1: Pantry and Kitchen Makeover Plans

Today, we’re excited to share our pantry and kitchen makeover plans for Week One of the One Room Challenge.

As always, a special thank you to Linda, creator of the One Room Challenge and the Home Love Network for sponsoring the 2018 Fall One Room Challenge!

Over the summer we painted the kitchen…which lead to painting and giving the breakfast nook a makeover…which led to painting the living room…which led to painting the hallway and ultimately the entry, all in Valspar’s Bistro White.

You guys know how it goes ?

It was always my plan to immediately start working on the pantry and the kitchen makeover after finishing the breakfast nook but once we realized we had plenty of materials to makeover the entry, we decided to go ahead and knock it out first. If you’ve been following along on our progress via the blog or on Instagram you may already know I got a teensy bit stuck on the artwork and the side tables for the entry.

Nevertheless, we’ve decided to move forward on our plans to give the kitchen a makeover. We’ve also decided to give the pantry a bit of a makeover as well, thanks to a partnership with Stencil Revolution.

The thing is, neither one of these spaces are really that bad. But there are things about both the pantry and the kitchen we’d like to change. And I’ll be honest, the real-time 6 weeks challenge of the One Room Challenge always keeps us on track and is a fabulous motivator.

While our walk-in pantry is relatively small, it’s been one of the most functional spaces in our home. We have a dish pantry on one side and we keep our dry goods and other pantry related stuff on the other side.

Over the past few months, however, we’ve had to start feeding my little Jelly Bean in the pantry because she is going blind. And it’s been during those feeding sessions, I’ve realized we could not only make the pantry more functional, we could also make it prettier too.

Here’s a look at our plans for the pantry…

Pantry Makeover To-Do List:

  • Paint the pantry walls in Valspar’s Bistro White
  • Stencil with walls using the French Bee Trellis Stencil in Valspar’s Cathedral Stone
  • Add trim and pediment to the window
  • Repair and repurpose French Linen painted dresser as the new pet feeding station
  • Add baskets to make pet feeding station more organized
  • Reorganize & declutter party drawers
  • Reorganize & declutter dish pantry
  • Add baskets to help keep dishes and teacups more organized
  • Replace chalkboard tags with luggage tags holding dry goods
  • Add new rug
  • Add new light
  • Add French style laundry basket to hold shopping bags

I think the pantry is going to be fairly straight forward and I’m super excited to get started on the transformation.

Ok, now let’s talk about the kitchen makeover. About two years ago, we painted the kitchen cabinets white and we loved them. But over the past year, they’ve really started to yellow. It’s very noticeable and desperately needs to be fixed.

In addition, we’ve decided to add a planked wall to create a bit of texture in the kitchen and to break up all the white. Right now, it feels really flat because everything is either black or white which brings me to the hardware. We still love the c-cup pulls but the black hardware next to the black granite countertops just don’t work anymore. Right now, I’m thinking a tarnished antique gold, but we’ll see how it all goes.

Here’s a look at our plans for the kitchen…

Kitchen Makeover To-Do List:

  • Install planked wall
  • Paint planked wall in Valspar’s Bistro White
  • Repaint kitchen cabinets
  • Add X’s to the kitchen island
  • Update kitchen hardware
  • Update island pendent lights
  • Replace kitchen desk chair
  • Restyle and accessorize kitchen desk
  • Add greenery
  • Hang ironstone or brown and white transferware plate wall
  • Keep “Where Trouble Melts Like Lemon Drops,” sign
  • Keep upholstered bar chairs
  • Add new rug
  • Add new artwork

I think the most time-consuming part of the kitchen is going to be adding the planked wall and painting the kitchen cabinets. Everything else feels pretty doable!

I know this is an incredibly long list of things to do and it feels completely lofty to think we might actually be able to get it all done in 6 weeks given we’re doing this in real time. That said, this is our 4th One Room Challenge and during that time, I’ve seen our office transformed, one of the bedrooms updated and a crazy cool laundry room makeover too.

They all felt big and scary and overwhelming at the time, but they’re some of our favorite projects and memories. We’re excited to get started! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Hi. I’m new to your blog. I just read about your laundry room makeover. Facing a similar project , I have a question. In the before pics I saw the hot water heater but not in the after pics. Did you do anything to hide it or move it? Or just have to accept it as a necessary evil? Mine is such an eyesore and takes up so much space in an already cramped room, we’ve considered moving it or getting the tank less system. Either one will be expensive and probably a lot more trouble than we can image. I love the way yours looks and functions now. Laundry isn’t much fun but in such a pretty room, it is a more enjoyable task. Beautiful room!

    1. Welcome Claire, so glad you stopped by! I’m excited about your laundry room makeover, it sounds like so much fun.

      Yes, we left the hot water heater in the laundry closet as it unfortunately could not be moved and we ran out of time to cover it. Our original idea was to build a an L shape cover on wheels similar to the barn style doors cover we used to conceal the air conditioner return in the corner of the laundry room.

      I have an eye sore of a hot water heater in my own laundry room and we also have it covered with an L shape type screen. The screen doesn’t go all the way to the ceiling due to all the wires but it is full accessible and not too noticable. We created the outside of our screen cover chalkboard style so we could leave each other messages about how much fun it is to do laundry 🙂

      Email me and let me know if you have any other questions, I’m happy to help and good luck on your makeover! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Holy cow…you had us at “French Bee” LOL. This all sounds so gorgeous and exciting! I can’t believe that you have to paint the kitchen cabinets again – so sorry that they yellowed on you. If anyone can pull this off we are confident that Team Goat can! You’ve got this! Much love!

    1. I know, I can’t even talk about those cabinet ladies. I hope that project is a couple of weeks away because I feel tears already starting to form! It’s going to be a busy few weeks so hopefully we can pull it all together. This is going to be the first time I’ve ever tried to stenciled a texture wall before so I’ll keep you posted. Hugs and thanks for being such great cheerleaders, CoCo

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