There's nothing better than a skirted table to take your pantry from hot mess to hot stuff.
(Oh, man, did I just write that? And am I going to leave it? I guess I just did.)
I spent a chunk of Tuesday with a client working on some projects around the house, and I think we're both feeling good about the transformations. Her older house has a great pantry, big and light filled, at the back of the house, visible from both the kitchen and the railroaded living room and dining room. She installed an old Ikea table for some surface area, but underneath the table was a radiator and the typical recycling disaster. (Minneapolis currently has SIX SEPARATE CATEGORIES of recycling, though I here this is changing soon.)
She actually saw this post and suggested we do something similar at her place, and she had a specific vision: polka dots. We settled on this fun fabric (but in Navy), but when she went to pick it up they were plumb sold out. Then I had a genius idea: why not use a shower curtain? At 72" wide, they are much wider than a typical curtain panel and would allow us greater fullness without seaming a bunch of pieces together, and unlike raw fabric, several of the sides are already hemmed. Plus, the nylon fabric is perfect for a food environment where it can be easily wiped down.
This was a no-sew solution. We sliced the curtain horizontally across the middle and used hem tape (left over from Ikea curtains form my living room) to create rod pockets at the to hem the piece that had been the top of the curtain. (If you chose a rod-pocket style instead of grommets, you could skip that step.) A tension rod, and voila.
Super cute pantry.
As seen from the dining room. (Where we hung a giant gallery wall of family photos. The black frames echo the little skirt very nicely!)