Welcome to DIY Diary. Each entry covers a new home improvement project. In a two-part series, DIY enthusiast Laura Burkhalter outlines the step-by-step process of building a modern second pantry on your own.
It’s hard to believe that Laura Burkhalter didn’t try her hand at DIY until 2019 — and now she’s building a DIY pantry herself. Today’s teacher and mother of three is a home improvement An expert based in Stewart, Florida, shares tips and inspiration with her 137K+ Instagram followers. @magnolias.modern.mama.
However, when Burkhalter decided to add her modern DIY store WashroomShe prepared herself for the challenge. “I knew it was going to be my biggest project to date, all around—the most expensive, the most time-consuming, and it involved a lot I hadn’t done before,” she says. With that in mind, Burkhalter planned to tackle the project during the summer vacation. “I divided the project into smaller projects I can handle it weekly to help protect me from burnout.”
Although Burkhalter did some browsing on Pinterest for design inspiration, she already had a clear idea of the vibe she was looking for. “I’m really into modern coastal and transitional styles, with Light and airy color palettes It blends in well with the rest of our homes. I wanted natural woody tones mixed with gold and copper accents and woven textures.”
One of their goals from the pantry was to stock up on appliances like a microwave and coffee maker to reclaim precious counter space in the kitchen. Burkhalter also wanted to create Functional storage area For pantry items, Tupperware and baking dishes.
Focusing on recovering precious Kitchen spaceBurkhalter set out to build a modern pantry where her family could store appliances, pantry tools, baking dishes, and storage containers. To prepare the laundry room for the project, Burkhalter removed some freestanding shelves and collected supplies.
Here’s how Burkhalter pulled out masonry cabinets and made concrete counters. (Read about shelves and DIY backsplash in the next installment.)
Install and paint cabinets
When it comes to cabinets, Burkhalter planned ahead; Share ideas about how she and her family can use them. Knowing that refrigeration was not part of the design, she created a “dry” storage for goods like flour, sugar, and grains. “I wanted a more efficient way to store my kids’ snacks,” Burcalter says. “We have three little girls who eat a ridiculous amount of snacks and I’m tired of stuffing our actual kitchen cupboard with boxes.”
To beat the swarm of chests, Burkhalter focused on drawers. “Two larger drawers are just two rows of aesthetically pleasing snacks, and boy does it make my heart happy,” Burcalter continues. Although she adds, “Maybe keep the snack drawer a secret from your kids, because my one-year-old makes a beeline for that drawer at least 100 times a day.”
Top drawers hold aluminum foil, wax, parchment paper, and the like. The other two large drawers are home to a “crazy amount” of Tupperware containers and matching lids.
Overall, these handcrafted pantry cabinets allowed Burkhalter to reduce the amount of storage space used in her base cabinets, making the kitchen less cluttered. The laundry room space now looks more practical. “If there’s one thing I hate, it’s an underutilized space,” Burkhalter says. “This project has allowed me to be more insistent on how I store and store what I’m doing.”
Step 1: Select Cabinet Configuration
“I eventually wanted a tall pantry for things like the vacuum cleaner, mop, and other supplies,” Burkhalter says. “I put it at the end so that when you enter the room the tall cabinets don’t obstruct your view of the space, I knew I wanted most of the drawers for the bottom row of cabinets because it’s more practical and I wanted them to be the biggest bang for the buck in terms of storage capacity.
Step 2: Remove the panels
Before installing the cabinets, remove the panels so that the cabinets rest against the wall. Use Burkhalter A multi tool To help cut the baseboard, then pry the stopper with a razor blade and pry it away from the wall.
Step 3: Level
Before installing them on the walls, Burkhalter first used a level to make sure the cabinet boxes were level, and where she wasn’t using wood battens. “It was kind of a pain and a slow process, but I wanted to get it to a perfect level so that when I went to pour my worktops, they were perfect,” she says.
Step 4: Fix the cabinets to the wall
“It’s really helpful to pre-mark your studs so you know where to install,” she says. “This was a very satisfying start to the project because I was able to see my vision really come true.” Uses construction nails To install your cabinets in studs on the wall.
Step 5: Connect the cabinets to each other
The cabinet installation process is very simple. Remove the doors and drawers from the cabinets so that the boxes can be easily attached to each other.
Step 6: Paint the cabinets
Since her cabinets were made of unfinished wood, it was important that they be primed first. This step prevents the wood grain from rising through the paint and results in an uneven finish. Burkhalter used the Behr cabinet, door, and decorative enamel finish in a satin finish. “This type of paint is very strong when cured and is very durable,” she says. For cabinet boxes, Burkhalter used a foam roller when applying the primer. a paint sprayer It worked great on cabinet doors and drawers, and didn’t leave brush or roller marks.
concrete countertop pouring
DIY concrete worktops was a cost-saving, no-brainer. “A quartz to match what’s in our kitchen would have cost me over $1,000,” Burcalter says. “The total concrete countertop cost me about $500.” Aside from the budget, Burkhalter also wanted to try something new and work outside her comfort zone. worked with Z countersa Pennsylvania-based company that provides all the tools and materials needed for DIY worktops and has instructional videos on their website.
This new DIY project came with a host of challenges, starting with heavy lifting. “Each of these bags weighed 50 pounds, so after all was said and done, I pulled about 500 pounds of concrete myself, and it was physically exhausting and very messy,” Burkalter says.
Watching the tutorials helped, but Burkhalter had some trouble getting the models to fit. To solve the problem, I used masking tape and caulk to fill in the seams or gaps. Frustrations aside, the project was “absolutely worth it,” says Burcalter, who takes pride in consistently receiving praise on the table. Just be sure to set aside about two to four hours to complete this part of the project.
Materials for concrete countertops:
Step 1: Make the countertop base
Once the cabinets are installed, tape a 3/4-inch board to serve as the base for your concrete form. Next, line up the forms to create the edges of your work surface. Install a fiberglass mesh with Z Counterform Z . clips To help strengthen concrete.
Step Two: Mixing Concrete
Mix each bag of concrete thoroughly with three liters of water, pouring and mixing small amounts at a time. “Be sure to mix each sachet well to avoid lumps and uneven distribution,” Burkhalter says. This is when you add the pigment to the white concrete mix, if you are using it. Since the bags and buckets of concrete are heavy at 50 pounds each, enlist a helping hand.
Step 3: Pour and level the concrete
When you are ready to pour the concrete into the form of reinforcing mesh. Work quickly to mix and pour, as you will need to do this once to ensure a nice finish. Spread it all over the form with a trowel.
Step 4: Sand
Burkhalter sanded the countertop once treated to an even finish, but not too much because she appreciates the natural, organic feel. Since sanding the concrete creates a large amount of dust, Burkhalter sprinkled the bottom of the concrete with a little water on the “wet sand,” which helped reduce the debris. However she was wearing a mask.
Step 5: Seal
“Concrete is porous and will stain if you don’t seal it,” Burkalter says. I used a foam roller to apply the sealant to the work surface. Apply four layers, and wait an hour between each layer. “The worktops are surprisingly resilient, even when my husband pours coffee on them every morning,” she jokes.
Watch what happens as Laura Burkhalter, aka @magnolias.modern.mamatackles shelves and installs a ceramic tile backsplash to complete her modern pantry DIY in the next DIY Diary installment.
Originally appeared in Architectural Digest
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