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Can one really ever have too much cabinet space?

Whether it be in your bathroom, bedroom or kitchen, I’ve never heard anyone utter the words, “By golly, I have too many cabinets and I don’t know what to put in them.”

It took us approximately two and a half days to fill out kitchen cabinets up with crap. Then I decided to get rid of this vertical monstrosity that was functioning as a mini-pantry and we lost even more cabinet space.

Farmhouse Style Pantry Cabinet Makeover

Since one can never really have too much cabinet space, we’re sharing how we used some chalk paint to make over this farmhouse-style pantry cabinet. [this post contains affiliate links, which means we may make a small commission if a purchase is made. see the full disclosure here.]

After having one too many fights with the Lazy Susan (she always won. rude.) I brought out some cube storage systems from our bedroom closet and piled on the cans, oils, condiments and anything else nonperishable that we had laying around.

And that’s how it’s been for the past several months.

Farmhouse Style Pantry Cabinet

Quite the eye-sore, we know.


Until I found this perfect farmhouse-style cabinet at the thrift store last weekend.

It was a little pricier than I usually like to pay for furniture ($49) but I had a 25 percent coupon from dropping off some items a few weeks ago.


Farmhouse Style Pantry Cabinet

Of course Brett just happened to call from Uruguay while I was waiting in line to have it loaded into my car.

“I can’t talk right now… I’m at Goodwill waiting to get something,” I say quickly. Maybe he won’t understand where I am.

“Waiting at Goodwill for what?” He asks casually.

“Oh you know…. fjlsfoenadsjoien,” I mumble.

Farmhouse Style Pantry Cabinet

Somehow he understood what came out of my mouth (I didn’t even quite pick it up) and says completely exasperated, “Kelly. What the hell are you buying now?!”

“Well I found this great cabinet that I want to use in the kitchen for all the cans and stuff.”

“More furniture?!?!? Is it even going to hold everything?”

Farmhouse Style Pantry Cabinet

“………………..I think so,” I quietly say with as much conviction as I can muster. And before he can object even more I pull into the pickup lane and load the beauty into my car.

I went back and forth on what color I wanted to paint it and decided on Rust-oleum Chalk Paint in White Linen.

I spray painted the hardware in flat black to add some contrast and pull in the industrial style we’ve been loving lately.

Farmhouse Style Pantry Cabinet

After going over the entire piece with three coats of chalk paint, I distressed it using water, a wash cloth and some elbow grease.

Then I slapped on a coat of polyurethane in matte and screwed it back together.

And just like that, in less than a day’s work, we had ourselves a brand new farmhouse style pantry cabinet.

Farmhouse Style Pantry Cabinet

The best part?

All the cans, sauces and oils fit. Every. Last. One. 🙂

Farmhouse Style Pantry Cabinet


All our best,


  1. Michele Morin

    Love this story! Our kitchen is a nightmare — you inspire me!

    • Kelly

      Awww thank you, Michele! Ours is a hot mess all the time too, so you’re not alone!

  2. Kristi Mercer

    It’s perfect Kelly! My hubs is the same way when I walk through the door with yet another (insert make work project here)!

    • Kelly

      Thank you, Kristi! I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one ??



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