Create a beautiful farmhouse style pantry makeover by adding DIY shiplap and stained wood shelves. This custom look can make any pantry stunning and functional at the same time!
Shiplap has finally made an appearance for the first time in our house! It’s very minor, but it’s there! I wanted to test the waters with a small space before committing to an entire wall, or a whole room for that matter!
To my surprise, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Meaning now I want to shiplap the entire house! The walls, the ceiling, the floor. Okay, maybe not the floor, but you get the idea.
Seriously though, we shiplapped the inside of our pantry for this farmhouse pantry makeover, and it looks amazing. I have wanted to redo this space for some time now, with this exact plan in mind and we finally got around to doing it a few weekends ago.
Farmhouse Pantry Makeover – The Before
I cannot even believe I am showing you this before, but it’s real life friends! Our pantry was super builder-grade, like the rest of our home. I knew I wanted to rip out those awful white wire shelves the minute we bought the house, so I am glad we finally did!
My plan was to add faux shiplap to all the walls, then add in some custom wood stained shelves. I kept the new shelves in pretty much the same spot as the old ones, but my goodness they look so much better now.
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR FARMHOUSE PANTRY MAKEOVER
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FOR THE SHIPLAP
- 2 sheets 8x4ft plywood underlayment at 1/4in thick
- Miter Saw
- Hand Sander
- Nail Gun and Nails
- 2 Nickels (used for spacers)
- White Paint
- Paintbrush/Paint Pail
FOR THE SHELVES
- 1inx8in white wood (for top of shelves)
- 1inx2in white wood (for top of shelves)
- 2inx3in white wood (for side support)
- Miter Saw
- Dark Wood Stain
- Stud Finder
- 3 inch Screws
- Drywall Anchors
Instructions for farmhouse pantry makeover
FOR THE SHIPLAP
- From our local hardware store, we picked out a few 8x4ft sheets of plywood underlayment at ¼ inch thick. We took both sheets to the cutting center at the back of the store and had them cut the plywood into 6 inch wide strips since our pantry measured exactly 66 inches in height. We also picked up the 1x8in, 1x2in, & 2x3in pieces of wood for our DIY shelves.
- When we got home we measured and used our miter saw to cut the 6 inch plywood strips to the length needed for all three pantry walls. Afterwards, I sanded all of the cut edges of the plywood smooth with my hand sander.
3. We started the shiplap install by securing the 6 inch plywood strips to the middle wall first, and worked our way from bottom to top. Using the nail gun, we put three nails in the left side, three in the middle, and three in the right side of each wood strip.
Once the first strip was done, it was all downhill from there. We used a nickel at each end as spacers, setting another board on top of them and using the level to make certain they were straight.
4. Once the shiplap on all three walls was complete, I painted over the plywood with white paint. I had to use about four coats to get a solid coverage. My handy paint pail was a lifesaver during this project, since I had to actually climb into the pantry to paint, so not having to get out every time I needed more paint was super convenient.
FYI: You can use wood filler or putty to fill in any shiplap seems or nail holes you don’t want seen, but I love the rougher look so I chose not to.
FOR THE WOOD SHELVES
- Our pantry measured 23 inches deep and 39 inches wide, so for the side supports of the wood shelves, we used our miter saw and cut the 2x3in’s into 18 inch pieces for the side supports. For the actual shelf tops, we cut the 1x8in & 1x2in into 39 inch pieces.
- Once all the wood for the shelves was cut to size, I stained all of the pieces with my favorite dark wood stain and let them dry entirely.
3. We used a stud finder and marked the wall where we found the studs. Because we were replacing wire shelves with heavier wooden ones, we wanted to assure these shelves would be attached to studs for adequate support.
Unfortunately, our pantry only had two, so we had to use drywall anchors in the areas lacking them.
4. Using our drill, we attached the wooden 2x3in side supports with 3 inch screws, making sure to drill directly into the studs or the drywall anchors.
FYI: As you can tell in the above picture, white walls and stained wood don’t mix well, so I had to do ALOT of touch ups with my white paint after installing the shelves! But again, well worth it!
5. Once all six side supports were attached to our newly shiplapped pantry walls, we just set one 1x8in, then a 1x2in, then another 1x8in to get the total 18 inch shelves, on top to create the finished shelf. We choose not to screw them into the side supports, but rather just let them sit on top just in case we wanted to take them out at any point.
And then the fun part, decorating! But, who decorates their pantry? I do! I have been collecting different jars and baskets to do this pantry makeover for a long time. And I absolutely love the end result! What do you think!?
She’s pretty, isnt she?