DIY Farmhouse Pantry Shelves

DIY Farmhouse Pantry Shelves

Y’all, I am so excited to show off my new Farmhouse Pantry Shelves. They are beautiful thick cut cedar boards with hand forged brackets. 

While most ladies probably like chocolate and flowers for Valentine’s, my dear sweet husband rebuilt our pantry for me. I now have the farmhouse pantry of my dreams. Honestly, it is the pantry that should have always been in our home, but did not come with the house. Here are a few before pictures to let you see how this transformation took place over a weekend. 

*I was compensated for this post.  This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. These involve no extra cost to you, but may result in me receiving a small commission – for which I am very grateful! You can view my full advertising disclosure here.As you can see, I had a decent pantry, it was a good size. Upon moving in almost 3 years ago, I decided to really organize it.  I added nice labeled baskets, Shelf Liners, Lazy Susan’s and wire can racks. Last summer, we added the pretty frosted glass Pantry Door,this a DIY post you can find here on my blog. I also felt like we needed to add an extra shelf to the top. I had a huge 3 foot gap between the shelf and the ceiling which was just wasted space in my mind. 

Demo Day:

First things first, I had to remove all the contents of my pantry, so basically my kitchen was a nightmare for a couple of days. Once the food was moved out then it was time to remove those awful wire shelves. I must say, I really hate wire shelves in a pantry. It always seems like items never sit evenly and things are always falling through the shelving, or sinking into my shelf liners. 

Then, we needed to remove the old existing wire shelving. My husband recommends a few specific tools which make the removal process very easy. It also leaves very little scarring on the walls too. Although in our case it didn’t really matter, since we were lining the walls with white beadboard, to add a more farmhouse feel. 

The Silver Lining:

You can see the amount of holes left behind by this builder grade wire shelving. It would really be a nightmare to patch and paint all of this, which was part of the deciding factor to cover the walls with beadboard. Plus, I really wanted to add white walls to reflect light and brighten up this space since the cedar shelves were going to be dark. 

My husband, Ron, measured the wall in 3 separate places, top, middle and bottom then cut the wall boards accordingly. As many DIYer’s know, walls are never straight or plum, LOL. Then, he tacked up the bead board sheets with a nail gun. 

Power Off:  

Since you would be adding additional depth to the walls by adding the beadboard, you will need to readjust your plugs and/or switches. So you do not end up with this problem. It is very simple to do just make sure that you first and foremost TURN OFF THE POWER to this switch before attempting the move or adjust it. As you can see below, we are now working with a shop light and lighted drill. 

Then, thread the loose plug through your precut hole in the beadboard and reattached on the face side of the board. This will make the switch or plug flash to the surface and eliminate the gap. 

Measure Twice, Cut Once: 

The next step was adding a basic farmhouse flat molding to the top. This allows you to hide the gap that you will probably have at different points along the ceiling. Remember, nothing is ever square in your home and you will always has a slight variance. This tool above, which is called a bevel, was absolutely invaluable. It will help you to get the proper angles for corners that are not just a simple 90 degree angle. This was still a pretty basic chamfered angle at 22.5 degrees, which is a standard on most miter boxes.  However, it is always good to confirm that before cutting up your materials.  You can see adding the molding makes a nice clean finished look at the ceiling and also covers any damage that might be on the edges of the beadboards too. 

Let There Be Color:

So, while all of this was going on upstairs, I was working on a few projects in the basement myself.  I was in charge of staining the beautiful cedar boards we were using for the actual shelves. Actually, I had started them earlier in the week to allow proper drying time.

I decided to use Minwax Interior Wood Stain, 1/2 pint, Special Walnut, which was the perfect color to accentuate the beautiful smooth cedar and protect it at the same time.  As you can seen below, the raw cedar verses the stained. My word of advice; always, always, always hand rub your stain on to the boards, and always make sure to dry rub the stain. Meaning, do not over wet the rag. It makes a huge difference in the finish. 

I just want to give a quick shout out to Thomas Supply, where we purchased the nominal 2″ x 12″ thick cedar boards (the actual dimensions are 1 3/4″ x 11 3/4″). This is a fantastic lumber yard and I am very lucky they are just up the road from my home. They have been in business for over 90 years and carry quite a few types of rustic and beautiful varieties of wood for all your farmhouse applications. Thank you guys, y’all had exactly what I wanted and needed for this project. My other project was to spray paint the white wire can racks and the Lazy Susan’s in a matte black. Since we custom ordered hand made iron bracket’s from Mountain Metals in black for the shelves; I wanted to make sure these items matched the hardware. I used a Primer Plus Paint Spray Paint that would bond to the plastic coating. Remember these, you will see them again at the reveal below. 

Level Up: 

The next section of the DIY required prior proper planning, it was the shelf layout and spacing. As I had mentioned earlier.  I wanted to add an extra shelf to the top, so the wasted space could be utilized. I also wanted to increase the spacing for the bottom shelf to house a few of the larger baskets and two liter bottle drinks.I know a lot of people that custom place shelves based on the items to go on the shelves. Which is great for using all your space, but I wanted a visual standard and balance when I looked inside. So, that meant evenly spaced shelves. At 14″ each plus the 1 1/2″ thickness of the boards.  Ron used a laser level to insure that the shelves would be level around the room. This is such a useful tools to have for these kind of projects and makes hanging level art work a breeze. He marked and predrilled all the holes to make the bracket installation super easy. 

He proceeded to mount the first set of shelves. Starting from the top allowed easy installation of the brackets as he worked his way down the wall. This way he was able to work under each shelf with ease and not worry about the drill fitting in the space between the shelves. As I mention above, we got these beautiful hand made brackets from Mountain Metals.  They use raw steel material bought locally in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The steel is cut to the desired length which includes the length required for the mounting holes and the all the proper bends.  Mountain Metals  then drills the holes and uses a sanding wheel to remove any burrs, then bend them to the final shape and paint.

Here is the final look with all the shelves installed. We were even able to add an additional shelf at the top, just as I had hoped for. Now I have six rows of shelves total.  I really love how the shelves look on top of the bead board wall. It really invokes the farmhouse feeling I was looking for. 


The final step in the process is to get my kitchen back! By putting everything back into the pantry. This part might take a little time. Especially if you group like items together for easy use sections, like seen below. A few possible examples are baking supplies, soups starters, and snacks.

This is the perfect time to make sure everything is in date and the older foods are rotated to the front of the shelves.  You can do this by taking a quick glance at the sell by dates and just putting dates further out to the back. I find that salad dressings, mayonnaise, and pasta sauces tend to be my biggest offenders in this category. My cereals, boxed and canned goods usually have longer dates on them.I reused my existing baskets to divide groceries into subcategory for things that easily get lost in a pantry. Things like soups mixes, drink mixes or dip packets. I did however invest into a actual chalkboard marker, which made a HUGE, difference in my penmanship. The little chalkboards are now very crisp and semi-perminate, so they are not as easy to wipe off when grabbing a basket. I also decide to add a few large Mason jars  to house bulk items we used all the time, such as rice, elbow macaroni, Italian Bread crumbs, Crasins, and Popcorn kernels. I think they add a bit more of rustic quality and by being in glass, create a visual texture too.  Plus this elements those pesky half opened boxes or bags floating around the pantry. 

Remember those old white Simple Houseware Stackable Can Rack Organizer, well check these out now. First off, they sit on the solid shelves easier with out falling through. The spray paint was perfect and really looks great with those rustic iron brackets. Even the white  Lazy Susan Turntables turned out looking pretty good. Which is great news, because I loved having them in the deep back corners for things like Olive oil and Vinegars. I will take a minute to say that Oli+Ve is my favorite olive oil company, as I am sure you could tell by vivacious stock pile, lol. Just wanted to give a shout out to all the  adies there!!!

I even had plenty of space to include these fun retro baking canisters, which actually do house the listed contents. I think items like these add personality to your pantry. They make the space personal and decorative while actually being functional. 

Finally,  I just wanted to speak about how important the shelf spacing is when re-doing the shelves. Just look,  I can now stand up my cereal boxes which utilizes less space. I can also stand up two liter soda bottles directly on the floor, under the shelves. No more laying them on there sides to roll around unconfined. Where they were always getting shaken up, only to explode upon opening.  

Hallelujah!!! I can slide the chip, cracker and pasta baskets in and out under the shelf, with out crushing the contents on that pesky wire lip. So, not only can my pantry hold more items, but it is far easier for me to find items and retrieve them.  

*I was compensated for this post.  This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. These involve no extra cost to you, but may result in me receiving a small commission – for which I am very grateful! You can view my full advertising disclosure here.



Here is one last look at the before and after picture side by side so you can truly see what a difference these shelves are making on a daily basis.


*I was compensated for this post.  This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. These involve no extra cost to you, but may result in me receiving a small commission – for which I am very grateful! You can view my full advertising disclosure here.

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  1. Hi, this project looks very nice and you have done a great job. You are so organized I need to learn more from you how to be like that.

  2. This is such a a great DIY, you cover all the basis from the electrical adjustment to trimming out around the ceiling for the bead board. Great job.

  3. I really am in deep love with your beautiful pantry redo, it is everything a a farmhouse pantry should be. The shelves are perfect and that hardware is perfection. I love that you used mason jars for a general store feel too. Great job.

  4. Got to tell you how much I love your pantry. I am planning to ordering the same supplies for my home too very soon. This is such a great look you have created and I am so grateful to have found your site.

  5. What a beautiful pantry, this is my dream farmhouse pantry. Keep up the good works guys I’ve included you guys to my own blogroll.

  6. It is okay that I have complete pantry envy right? I mean this is gorgeous and your have done such an amazing job upgrading this space I had to scroll back up to remind myself of the before pictures again.

  7. Jen this pantry is really to die for, I love how this space turn out and how neat and organized everything with the jars and baskets. Great job.

  8. Wanted to stop by and say how much I love your pantry, it really is a beaut, you guys did a great job making it the perfect farmhouse pantry.

  9. Hi just wanted to say how much I love your pantry and I that I plan to redo my very soon to look just like yours. Thank you for so much inspiration and all the great advice.

  10. Jen this pantry is amazing! I love those shelves and the organization your put into everything that you added. I would love to feature it in a round up.

  11. Hi Ashley, the boards are what the industry considers a nominal 2 x 12 cedar plank, which we got from a local lumber yard listed in the post (so the shelf its self ends up measuring 11 3/4″ wide x 1 3/4″ thick exactly). This is not something I was able to find at the “Big Box” stores in my area. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions 🙂 and thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Hi I just had to leave you a little note about how pretty your pantry turned out, we are actually trying to do this project for ours too. We have ordered the baskets from your link and are looking for the cedar boards in our area. Thank you so much for this beautiful inspirational idea.

  14. I love everything about this pantry, the perfect shelves as they are thick and beefy. Those rustic hand made brackets which are perfection and your super powers of organization.

  15. Hello, I clicked over from your Pin and wanted to see the entire post. I must say your have a great site and the post is amazing. Such a great look for a farmhouse pantry, you really know your stuff girly.

  16. I really love your pantry I am in the process on reworking mine too! Great ideas and ton of inspo here.

  17. I just want to say I saw your DIY on Insta and I love this post! You have a ton of talent and And this project is no exception. Probably one of my favorites so far!

  18. Well I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment to let me know how much you liked the brackets, I am just happy that my friends at Mountain Metals are getting some business from this post. 🙂 I also think your screen name is pretty cute as well, pseudonym, very cheeky 😉

  19. I love the brackets! Pinned the pantry so I can shop through your page and give you the pennies for saving me a bundle of time and money on brackets.

  20. I love this pantry! It is so pretty and organized in inside. The Large mason jars are really a nice way to display pastas, beans, and rice, great idea!

  21. I am completely in love with your pantry, this is by far one of my favorite project you guys have done to date. These shelves are beautiful and everything is so organized, bless you!

  22. Hey Penny, thanks for stopping by, I am so glad you liked this post. The bracket really are fabulous and Mountain Metals are super great to work with on any project.

  23. I want to do this with my pantry! It looks so well organized! Congrats on a job well done! I’m going to check into those awesome shelf brackets.

  24. OH-MMMM-GEEEE I love your pantry!!!!!!!!! It is the perfect balance of all things farmhouse, all in one space.

  25. You have created such a pretty pantry, I love everything about it I need some of those can racks too.

  26. Such a pretty way to style the inside of you pantry. Nice work girl!

  27. Loving this pantry upgrade so much, I so want to do something similar in my tiny little pantry but I am not sure I will have a enough space, it is more of a closet than a pantry.

  28. This is right up my ally, I love everything about this sweet little pantry. It feels so warm homey and gives a sense of comfort.

  29. I am completely crushing on this pantry, I love everything about it. The door is perfection and the bead board and shelves are amazing. Love that your found that hardware at Mountain Metals they are right down the road from me. I love their stuff.

  30. What a pretty pantry you have, I am not much of a “farmhouse” lady but I really like the general store feeling that your created.

  31. This is really a picture perfect pantry, and it belongs in a magazine. Gorgeous!

  32. This is what pantry dreams are made of, girl I would go in there are never come out. It is sooooo pretty you guys did a great job.

  33. So pretty I am in love with those thick cut shelves, that kind of board is hard to find, you are so lucky.

  34. These are beautiful shelves and so very organized. I love the mason jars and the basket they really make it look nice.

  35. You have made your pantry my favorite room in your home. It is the perfect farmhouse pantry, and gorgeously appointed and so organized.

  36. I loved this post so much I wanted to take a minute to send you some love and say how much I love everything about this pantry.

  37. This is a beautiful pantry!!!!!! I love the farmhouse details of bead board and the hand made metal brackets, those are gorgeous.

  38. Hi exceptional blog! Does running a blog similar to this require a lot of work?
    I have absolutely no understanding of coding but I had been hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, should you have any suggestions or techniques for new blog owners please share. I know this is off subject however I simply needed to ask. Many thanks!

  39. This looks great I now have dreams and aspirations of a beautiful pantry.

  40. Wow this is amazing. I love those baskets and shelves. It is all perfect.

  41. This is a really fantastic renovation. It looks wonderful full of al the best farmhouse touches. Nice job!

  42. Oh how I wish I had a pantry exactly like this. It is beautiful and very organized I need to invest in some baskets and I love those mason jars for storage too.

  43. Jen these shelves are beautiful they really make your pantry come to life. Great job.

  44. You did such a nice job upgrading your pantry. The fact you were able to string several projects together from the door to the shelves is really smart. It all looks great.

  45. What a beautiful pantry, I love those shelves and brackets. You also did a great job organizing it.

  46. OMG this is one of the best farmhouse pantry design have seen to date. LOVE IT ALL!

  47. Your pantry is to die for, it is so pretty. If O had the space this is exactly what I would do in my home.

  48. Oh how I love and adore this pantry. It is gorgeous and farmhouse perfection. I would love to have a walk in pantry justice this one.

  49. I would give anything for a pantry like this one. Not only is it super clean and organized, but it is attractive too! Great post and the perfect DIY for any farmhouse style home.

  50. You did such a great job with your pantry, it is everything a farmhouse pantry should be. Those cedar boards are beautiful and the perfect thickness. I hate it when I see cheaper quality, thin board used in order to save money, it ruins the design.

  51. Amazing pantry Jen! I love the shelves and brackets they are farmhouse perfection!

  52. Now this a project I have been searching for, what an amazing transformation you have done on your pantry. You have elevated it to the next level for sure.

  53. I love your pantry, it is beautiful. I love those bracket and the thick cut cedar boards.

  54. This is a glorious farmhouse pantry you guys did a great job. Seriously this is what farmhouse dreams are made of, exactly what I want for my pantry.

  55. Girl I am so in love with your pantry, I think I would just go in close the door and have moment alone with it’s beauty. You design skills are amazing, great job.

  56. I am totally in love with this pantry and those gorgeous shelves. You really did a great job and created such a beautiful space, I would leave that gorgeous door open all the time just to show it off. Teehee

  57. What a great update that makes a huge difference in a small space. This definitely adds some value to the house. Well done!

  58. I love your pantry! Having a pantry has long been a dream of mine. I’ve been saving up ideas for when we finally do something, and this will be on my list!

  59. That is the best before and after array of photos I’ve seen in a long time! Great job on the pantry too. I’m so envious!

  60. What an amazing transformation! This is beautiful. My mom actually did a very similar renovation in her kitchen and pantry. She’s love this!

  61. Girl these are absolutely gorgeous. You both did a first job, clearly you both have a ton of talent.

  62. I wish my pantry in Kazakhstan looked like that!! Maybe one day.

  63. Your pantry organization skills are goals! Living in a NYC apartment, having a pantry like this is a total dream! You did an awesome job!

  64. I love your pantry upgrade it looks so good. I really wish I had a big walk in pantry like that, you are so lucky.

  65. You have a dream pantry! I know everyone that sees it must be envious. I know I am. You are so lucky to be married to such talented man that can DIY so many things. Mine can only seem to find his way to the golf course, sigh and eye roll.

  66. I’m keeping this post as inspiration. This is literally, a motivational post – I dream of and aspire to build this. Thanks for sharing the step by step. It gives me hope that (maybe) I can too!! It’s beautiful & I’m so proud of your work! 👍🏼 Thank You 💕

  67. That looks awesome! I wish my pantry was that big! I bet you feel so organized!

  68. What an awesome reno! I would love to just have a pantry in any way, shape, or form! Gorgeous!

  69. Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous. They look great! I so wish I had room for a pantry like that. I’m also a farmhouse decor girl.

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