The smallest kitchens usually do not have a pantry but that does not mean they cannot. A pantry with no footprint adds the desired amount of storage space without infringing on the limited square footage of the kitchen. It takes just one weekend to add this area that will provide a lifetime of use.
You will need:
• Reciprocating saw or jigsaw
• Drywall saw
• 2×4 boards
• 2 drop cloths
• Tape measure
• Step ladder
• Drill bit
• Nail gun
• Utility knife
• Dust mask
• Safety glasses
• Work gloves
Step 1: Locate a kitchen wall that you can use to take space from a different room such as the garage or porch. Use the hammer to create some holes in this wall to ensure the area is usable for a pantry. If plumbing or electrical lines must be moved, have a professional do this work.
Step 2: Plan the project with paper and pencil. Use the level and measuring tape to identify the point corresponding with the ceiling of any attached space positioned at a lower level. Your new pantry must fit under this point.
Step 3: Clear furniture and appliances from the kitchen. Spread drop cloths in both the kitchen and in the other room that will house the new pantry.
Step 4: Recheck measurements to ensure they correspond with your paper and pencil plan. With the straightedge, outline the hole you will make in the kitchen wall. Guide the utility knife with this tool, cutting out the outlined area from the kitchen wall.
Step 5: Hold your drill and bit against a corner of the hole and drill through into the wall. Repeat this process for each corner, transferring the corner points to the adjoining room wall.
Step 6: Move to the adjoining space. Use the straightedge and utility knife to connect dots created during Step 5. With the utility knife, cut the wall and remove it from this side, also removing the insulation.
Step 7: Use a jigsaw or reciprocating saw to remove all wall studs flush with the hole.
Step 8: Cut blocks from your 2x4s that will fit between the wall studs located near the wall opening. This will create a frame. Place one block at the opening bottom, making sure that the ends snugly fit against the existing full-length studs. Use the nails and nail gun to attach the block to the cut and full-length studs. Repeat the process for the top of the wall opening.
Step 9: Cut 2×4 blocks to frame the sides. Attach these blocks to the nearest full studs. Continue to add block layers until the blocks appear flush with the opening sides.
Step 10: Doors and shelves can be added, if desired.