In the most cramped kitchens, a pantry is usually considered a dream. Until now, that is, because building a zero-footprint pantry creates much-needed storage space without taking away from the kitchen square footage. Following the steps below will add an extra storage area to your kitchen in just one weekend.
You will need:
• 2×4 boards
• Tape measure
• 2 drop cloths
• Drywall saw
• Drill bit
• Reciprocating saw
• Nail gun
• Step ladder
• Dust mask
• Utility knife
• Work gloves
• Safety glasses
Step 1: Identify the wall that can be used to steal space from another room like the garage. Make a few holes in the wall with the hammer to make sure the area can be used for the pantry. A professional should be called to move any electrical or plumbing lines.
Step 2: Plan out the project on paper. Use the measuring tape and level to determine the point that corresponds to a ceiling of any attached space that sits at a lower level. The pantry must fit underneath this space.
Step 3: Clear the kitchen and spread the drop cloths in the kitchen and the other room into which the pantry will extend.
Step 4: Recheck all measurements to make sure they correspond with the plan. Use the straightedge to outline the hole that will be made in the wall. Guide a utility knife with the straightedge to cut the outlined area out of the wall.
Step 5: Hold the drill with the drill bit against one of the corners of the hole you just made. Drill through the wall. Repeat this for each of the other corners, transferring corner points to the wall in the adjoining room.
Step 6: Go to the adjoining room and use the utility knife and straightedge to connect the dots drilled in Step 5. Cut and remove the wall from this side. Remove all insulation as well.
Step 7: Use a reciprocating saw or jigsaw to remove wall studs that are flush with the drywall hole.
Step 8: Create a frame for the opening by cutting blocks from the 2x4s to fit between the studs closest to the wall opening. Put one block at the bottom of this opening. The ends should fit snugly against the full-length studs that are still inside the wall. Use the nail gun and nails to nail the wood block to the full-length and cut studs. Repeat this process at the top of the opening.
Step 9: Frame the sides by cutting blocks from the 2x4s and attaching them to the closest full studs. Build up the block layers until the blocks are flush with the sides of this opening.
Step 10: If desired, add shelves and doors for this cabinet.