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My Frivolous Pantry

Sometimes a project just pops up out of total necessity. As I have mentioned several times, I am moving to MY first house. Yeah, I said MY because I bought that puppy. Regardless, when you move there are about 9,001 things that must get done, but it always seems like the frivolous crap takes priority.

As I was putting away kitchen stuff and dishes, me and my boyfriend decided that the large cabinet just off the kitchen would make a nice mini-pantry. It sounded good and he cleaned it out. I didn’t remember it from the walk throughs but I agreed to put food in there. He didn’t mention that this new pantry looked like it was inhabited by a family of chain-smoking mice.


Do you see why I didn’t want to put food in there? I didn’t even want to stick my arm in there when I was cleaning it. It’s wrong on so many levels.


Like that shelf paper. That is for sure one level where this went very, very wrong. Luckily, they sold this house to a chick who isn’t scared of a little work and re-prioritizing.

You see, I was suppose to do practical things today, but making a shelf pretty trumps all of that. It was a domino effect. I wouldn’t put the food in there, so it would take up shelf space in the kitchen, which would cause dishes to not get put away which would leave boxes unpacked (I can justify anything.) But the bottom line is it’s my damn house and if I want a pretty closet before I want a mattress on my bed then that is my prerogative.

I should mention here that one of my most favorite things in the whole entire world is something call a “Mistint.” Dah da-da Dah! A mistint is when let’s say Menards tries to tint a color for a customer and it comes out wrong so the customer says “F you Menards, keep your paint.” So now Menards has this random color that no one wants, and THAT is why they sell gallons for $5. And it’s not just Menards. Lowe’s, TrueValue, Sherwin WIlliams-it happens to the best of them. It is always a good idea to make sure there isn’t a special note on there that says “Defective” or any other such messages. Sometimes chemical combinations make the paints separate and come out streaky, or an array of other issues. But I have never been disappointed with a random mistint.

I decided that yellow is the color of the hour and it was high time the chain-smoking mice walls get a little macaroni yellow in their life. As it dried it turned into more of a sherbet orange, which I find much more appealing anyway. Also I have bought some shelf liner for bathroom drawers and whatnot, but why not just toss it all up in my closet and buy more later, huh? I mean, you only live once right?! Let’s go crazy! So I did….and this is what happened.

It still has the sellers' ugly curtain up near it, but that's another project.

Pretty nice, right?

I guarantee those shelves will be filled in 2 days TOPS.

I know this was frivolous, but honestly if you can’t jazz up the boring stuff just a bit, then you’ll pick and choose your way through your house. I don’t want to feel the need to avoid certain areas because their less fun, messy or dull. I want to own my WHOLE house- drawers, closets and mini-pantries included.


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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