One thing that my kitchen didn’t have that I really wanted was a pantry or an abundance of storage space. I looked several different places such as Pier One, Target, Walmart, and other places. All of the cabinets I found were too wide for the space. I was so excited when I found this antique broom closet at an antique mall. It was just the right width, was unique because it was an actual broom closet, and caught my attention as soon as I saw it. I knew that it was what I wanted! It was the perfect fit for what we needed.
It had small ledges on the inside walls, and I discovered that a cookie sheet turned upside down would fit on those small ledges to make a strong shelve that would easily support the weight put on top of it. I bought two more cookie sheets so that my “pantry” would have three shelves. And if I ever decide to actually use this as a broom closet, I can easily take out the cookie sheets in just a few seconds. It has quite an assortment of things in it as you can tell and ended up being a place to put things I didn’t have room for instead of being an actual pantry. Someday I plan to reorganize (and update our kitchen but I still want to keep the broom closet).
Like I mentioned, someday I want to update our kitchen but still keep the broom closet. So far, all we’ve done is to replace our microwave. At least that’s one step in redoing our kitchen. And you know what? At this point in my life, that is at the bottom of my priority list. With all of the poor people suffering in Haiti and other places, I’m thankful to have a kitchen that has everything I need. What a blessing!
Here’s one more picture from a couple of years ago showing the entire broom closet from top to bottom. I took down the wallpaper border soon after that. (You can barely see the microwave, our only update so far.)