The space at the top of the stairs was awkward and unusable. The first time I walked in to the house, I had the idea to completely change the space. As soon as we closed on the house, I did a half-baked mock up in Photoshop:
I use Photoshop for this kind of stuff all the time. Can’t decide what color to paint a dresser? Want to add a wall? See what the house would look like with a different roof? Try it in Photoshop!
We started by ripping down the L-shaped half wall:
We framed the space so that it was even with the existing hallway:
After a lot of hard work sheetrocking, mudding, sanding, painting and building shelving, we have a glorious walk-in pantry!
Look at all the storage we were able to create from unused space:
Learn how we built the shelving HERE. We also added a shelf between the studs just to add as much storage as possible:
Learn how we built the between-studs shelf HERE.
I’m so happy with this project. You would never guess that the pantry was not original to the house. It is seamless and looks like it was there all along.
Like I said, don’t mind the missing baseboards. We’ll get there eventually.