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ladies let your pantry fantasies run riot here

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HerHonesty Sun 30-Aug-09 11:25:12

i have a pantry, and more importantly i have a pantry which my husband is not the blind bit intersted in (lets face it his fantasies probably involve panties...)which means I can have exactly what i want without any compromise wooo hoooo!

any ideas, photos, must haves gratefully received. i think there was a thread before on similar subject but cant find it...

HerHonesty Sun 30-Aug-09 14:14:19


CybilLiberty Sun 30-Aug-09 14:16:18

OMG My idea of heaven

I am envy you have one.

<considers making one of her childrens rooms into a giant walk in pantry>

CybilLiberty Sun 30-Aug-09 14:19:53

more pantry porn

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sun 30-Aug-09 14:20:52

LOL I read that as 'panty fantasies' I was very shock at such a topic on a sunday afternoon!

RumourOfAHurricane Sun 30-Aug-09 14:32:49

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TrillianAstra Sun 30-Aug-09 14:35:48

Can we have a definition of pantry please? How is it distinct from a big cupboard?

BitOfFun Sun 30-Aug-09 14:36:50

I hang gimp suits up in mine.

RumourOfAHurricane Sun 30-Aug-09 14:37:01

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Winetimeisfinetime Sun 30-Aug-09 14:53:07

Mine has shelves,cupboards and electrical sockets so I can store and use my kitchen gadgets in there. 'Tis wonderful. My dh once had the idea of knocking it through to make the kitchen bigger - the withering look I gave him has silenced him forever on the subject.

odisco Sun 30-Aug-09 15:41:53

It's like men's equivalent of a shed. Now if it had a chaise longue.....

HerHonesty Sun 30-Aug-09 16:41:19

well it cant quite fit a chaise in... large understairs cupboard (we have a staircase with a large turn/middle landing if that makes sense and you can stand in it. its measurements are roughly 160 by 170, so not really a cupboard i suppose. more like a tiny room.

i could hang gimp suits of the existing meat hooks. good idea BOF

GrendelsMum Sun 30-Aug-09 21:20:48

We have two - one larder, one pantry.

I really wouldn't bother making too much fuss over them, as basically they are just for storing food in, aren't they? As soon as you start putting real food packets in them, they soon stop looking anything like the lovely pictures in the pantry porn sites! They are very handy, but for practical reasons, not for aesthetic reasons.

We have:
- huge amounts of shelves of different heights
- electric sockets and a worksurface for using electric machines on if desired
- space for a spare fridge for parties etc
- a blackboard for jotting down things we've run out of

However, I have tried to keep the bit that's opposite the door looking a little bit nicer by storing the cat food, tea towels etc in wicker baskets, so that you see wicker baskets rather than cat food when you look in. It sort of works, but only because the inartistic stuff has been shoved to a different part of the larder.

Ours also have air vents at the top and bottom of each to keep them cool.

HerHonesty Sun 30-Aug-09 22:08:19

sorry grendel but i have worked very very hard to have a house which has a pantry (cant afford a pantry and a larder) in it so will make a lot of fuss over it, as much as I would any other part of the house. a bathroom is very handy, for practical reasons, but it wouldnt stop you making itnaethetically pleasing, would it?

HerHonesty Sun 30-Aug-09 22:09:01

sorry, should have written "aesthetically pleasing"

pregnantpeppa Sun 30-Aug-09 22:22:13

I am just about to buy a house with a pantry! I am not sure what the difference is between that and a larder though?

My panty fits in it a fridge, can walk right it, has several shelves, and a little under cupboard thing with a toddler sized door in it which my DD loves to play in - like a little wendy house within the pantry

Please can someone direct me to pantry porn sites I would like to see inspirational pictures

hatwoman Sun 30-Aug-09 22:29:18

ooo I just had one of those wonderful mn mis-reading moments. I thought it said panty fantasies...

as you were.

I have a pantry, I don't think its been touched in 100 years. It has a cold shelf, really old wooden shelves with wooden brackets and meat hooks on the ceiling.

I mainly keep alcohol in it. Loads of wine and also home brew sloe gin fermenting away in kilner jars. Lots of kitchen type gadgets such as ice cream maker and steamer. Cat food, dishwasher tablets, tins of biscuits, some tinned food, lightbulbs.

GrendelsMum Sun 30-Aug-09 22:46:12

Fair enough! Just wouldn't want you to be disappointed by painting the wall and shelves all beautifully and then having them hidden by food packets. (DH is at this very minute repainting our pantry - in F&B paints, no less - despite me saying that it won't be visible in the end). The difference with bathrooms is that with a bathroom you hide all the inartistic things in cupboards, whereas a pantry / larder IS the cupboard, so it always has everything visible. I see the pantry and larder as facilitating a lovely clutter-free kitchen.

I'm sure it would look lovely if you decanted all your dry goods into matching glass jars, and had herbs, oils and vinegars on display in matching glass bottles too. This is not something we ever bother to do, but I bet it would look great. You could put other things (veg etc) into wicker baskets on the lower shelves as well.

On a practical note, we notice that the oil and vinegar is always sploshing onto the shelves - it would be worth designing some kind of fancy tray beneath them.

chimchar Mon 31-Aug-09 09:02:28

i've just emptied my old pantry out ready to turn it into a tiny downstairs loo as part of our kitchen extension....

i miss it already, but really needed to gain a new loo...

i am going to put these stickers on the wall as a reminder!

HerHonesty Mon 31-Aug-09 09:50:41

very good! sorry you are loosing your pantry :-(. at the mo i am thinking of painting it pink with oilcloth wrapped shelves in this pattern and slate flagstones. hmmmm sloe gin. any spare?

RealityIsNOTDetoxing Mon 31-Aug-09 09:56:36

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QuintessentialShadows Mon 31-Aug-09 09:58:07

My pantry is nealy 9 square meters, long and narrow (2 m wide). I have shelves and a freezer. I use it most for storing dry foods and now also my fresh batch of home made blueberry jam grin, mushrooms from the forest are hanging to dry, waiting to be put into jars. Not matching or identical wink as I re-use what I have from shop bought jams/pickles, and would not dream of buying any.

It is a useful room, not a showroom. So I dont care what it looks like.

IdontMN2makecopyforlazyjournos Mon 31-Aug-09 10:01:22

I thought the whole point of a pantry was so that you shoved all the unsightly crap in there so your kitchen looked lovely? Now the pantry needs to look lovely, so the pantry needs a pantry. It's a never ending chain....

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