Good afternoon! I hope y’all had a great weekend. The weather was absolutely amazing this weekend! The hubs and I got a long run in on Saturday afternoon (perfect weather) and spent pretty much all of Sunday outside. The warm weather felt AMAZING and sure makes me wish spring was here
A couple weekends ago LJ and I upgraded our ‘pantry’ area. Living in a home that was built in the 40′s is sometimes very difficult due to the lack of storage. We have three very small closets in our whole house. Apparently they didn’t use closets back in the day???? If you remember last year I upgraded our pantry/mud room area with some floating shelves. It was a great addition, but still wasn’t giving me the storage I needed. I thought about getting a custom built-in made, but in the DC area I knew that would be way too expensive. So after a little research I found other DIY blogs that had used IKEA shelves and made them to look like built-ins by adding molding and baseboards. This is what got the ball rolling for me to start researching different IKEA systems that would fit in our area and give us the maximum amount of storage.
The big issue with our mudroom is space. We have our washer and dryer hidden to the right, so we needed something that wouldn’t stick out too far (still needed to open their doors to do laundry) and to sit above our dryer vent that lays on the ground and leads outside.
After some serious measuring, switching the opening handle on our dryer, and spending WAY too much time at IKEA, we finally came up with a solution. We found the BESTA system. We totally lucked out with this cabinet combination. It fit perfectly depth wise, and we could fit two shelves without it being too wide to open our washer and dryer. We also found out we could use the same metal risers we had on our last storage system without it being too tall…..SCORE! It also happened to be 15% off if you joined the IKEA family (free rewards program)…woot!
Here she is………
The black knobs are from Home depot. We haven’t added them to the bottom shelf yet because we can’t decide whether to do knobs or pulls (the door pulls down). I still have a lot of organizing to do, but I am so happy that we finally have a space that we can store our groceries, appliances, and hide our toaster and coffee maker!
What do you guys think? Have you been able to find IKEA systems that work perfectly in a small space??