These DIY Pantry Shelves are just what I needed to add more storage to our kitchen. Learn how I made these DIY Pantry Shelves with a few pieces of wood. This is a simple beginner DIY project anyone can do.
We don’t have a lot of space to store small appliances, extra food, and kitchen linens. It’s really hard to keep the kitchen counters clear so creating a space that will store all of that is really important.
I wanted something very simple that didn’t take a lot of time, was minimal, and got the job done. These DIY pantry shelves are just that. They took me about an hour to put together.
Corner DIY Pantry Shelves
There are 2 areas to these pantry shelves. I have to lower corner shelves that I built with 2×2’s and a 1×12. And there’s the upper floating shelves. I also added a few hooks to hang baskets to hold more fruit and of course one of my house plants.
Supplies you’ll need:
The supplies and steps are pretty minimal. I took my entryway table design and tweaked it to fit the corner by my kitchen. Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- 1 1/4 Pocket Hole Screws
- Miter Saw
- Painting Supplies
- Wood Glue
- 2″ Wood Screws
- Floating Shelves Hardware
- Drywall Anchors
I started off by painting the corner. I used the paint color Agreeable Grey from Sherwin-Williams.
After the walls were painted and drying I cut down all of the wood. There are 3 shelves in the lower corner shelves spaced out by 16″ for the lower 2 shelves and the upper shelf is spaced out at 7″.
Spacing it out that way allowed me to store our small appliances on the lower 2 shelves and stored our kitchen linens in baskets on the upper shelf.
- 4 – 1x12x34.5
- 4 – 1x12x14.25
- 16 – 2x2x16
- 8 – 2x2x7
- 2 – 2x10x34
Once all of the wood was cut down to size I drilled in pocket holes into the 2×2’s top and bottom of the 16″ sized and only 1 side of the 7″ ones.
Build the DIY Pantry Shelves
Now that all of the wood is cut down to size and the pocket holes are added to the 2×2’s it’s time to install the DIY Pantry Shelves.
Start by adding a bit of wood glue and then screwing in the 2×2 to one of the 1×12’s on all 4 corners. Add another 1×12 on top and then screw in pocket hold screws to secure.
Repeat this process until you have 3 shelves installed. When you are left with the 7″ 2×2 you’ll attach the bottom with wood glue and pocket hole screws and then add a bit of wood glue to the top of the 2×2 and then place the last 1×12 on top. Then drill in wood screws to the top.
I did it this way because my drill wouldn’t fit in that space.
Paint or stain
I decided to paint the lower DIY Pantry Shelves. For this, I used the color Himalayan salt by Sherwin Williams in eggshell. This took 2 coats I then sealed the shelves with clear wax. Then allowed them to dry overnight.
I finished off the corner with some floating shelves. To hang them, I used this hardware. I cut down my 2×10 to 34″ and then measured out where they would be placed.
Then drilled 2 holes in the 2×10 to install the hardware. I used drywall anchors to install the hardware.
For the floating shelves I decided to use wood stain instead of paint. I went with the Golden Oak color by Minwax. I added a light coat and then followed up with clear wood wax to seal the shelves.
Styling the Pantry Shelves
Styling the shelves took me a lot of time and I kept tweaking them. This is still a work in progress and I’m sure it’ll change again. I needed to store all of my small appliances which went on the bottom 2 shelves.
I then filled baskets with kitchen linens and am storing those on the upper shelf. For the top I needed an area to store our big containers of flour, sugar, and pasta along with fruit.
I hung baskets and filled them with more fruit because our regular fruit basket is constantly overflowing with fruit.
These DIY Pantry Shelves cleared up a ton of space in our kitchen and I’m really happy how they turned out. This really is a simple and perfect project to tackle over a weekend.