IKEA baskets, shelves from Kmart and Costco accessories: How one woman, 26, transformed an idea she saw on Pinterest into the pantry of her dreams - and it cost her less than $3K!
- Adelaide blogger Iryna Federico has taken pantry organisation to the next level
- Her obsession for pastels has turned a bland space into an inspirational haven
- Reveals how she hacked Kmart and IKEA homewares to complement her kitchen
- Shares how she kept costs down, while still creating the room of her dreams
Most of us do battle with a pantry that's far from our dream space.
Think overflowing shelves, half-opened packets of food, and an all pervasive sense of disorganisation.
Adelaide blogger,?Iryna Federico, 26, has recently shared photos of her pastel pantry, and suffice to say it will give you all the inspiration you need to create the kitchen of your dreams.?
Not only is her space neatly arranged, it's colour-coordinated throughout with an delicate mix of pretty-hued pinks, luscious lavenders, baby blues and sunshiny yellows.
This pastel-hued pantry is not only beautifully organised, its colour-coordinated throughout
Blogger Iryna Federico spent two years realising her vision, one she'd started designing before her builder had even broke ground
Though Iryna revealed her dream space took two years to complete, her passion project was one she'd had in mind for some time after spotting a pretty pastel pantry on Pinterest.?
'I started designing it before the builder even broke ground on our house and have only deemed it 'officially' finished a few months ago,' she told FEMAIL.
'I had our builder remove any shelving provision they had made in our quote and just ended up with a blank room.
'I then found a local cabinet maker here in Adelaide who brought my design to life; he installed all the shelving approximately a month after we moved in.'?
Things arranged neatly: Iryna, who admitted she hates clutter, used matching jars and bottles to create clean lines
Homewares hacks: IKEA Pluggis baskets were the perfect storage solution and helped keep the space tidy
Bringing her 'candy shop' vision to life, allowed Iryna, who is a business and development marketing coordinator by day, to flex her creative muscles to realise her dream space - and do it all under AUD $3,000.
While she admitted to starting with a pastel pink KitchenAid which had been a wedding gift, she bought together other elements through a variety of sources.
'I hate clutter and I hate packaging even more,' she said.
'My primary storage solution includes the Pluggis baskets from IKEA. They're nice and deep which means I can hide all the ugly and messy packaging of items like chips and biscuits, and the space always looks tidy.'
Professional labeling: The whole feel of the pantry was tied together by using custom labels created by Pretty Little Designs
Iryna's pastel obsession began with this pink KitchenAid which was a wedding gift
The budget-conscious home renovator also shared how she 'hacked' some items from Kmart including their three tier shelves to store her condiments and cake decorating items.
Another 'hack' Iryna shared was that she spray-painted the discount store's tilt jars to match her colour-theme.
'Everyone is always very pleasantly surprised I get them from Kmart and they only cost $4.00 each,' she explained.
Budget conscious: ?The blogger said she spray-painted Kmart's $4.00 tilt jars to match her colour scheme
Custom shelving: Iryna worked with a cabinet maker in Adelaide bring her design to life
'I also used the $3 hanging pots from Kmart’s garden section to store the pens and markers under my command centre, as well as the tube vase, which is where I keep my straws.'
While she made every effort to keep costs down, Iryna confesses to a few splurges, namely a set of Oxo pop containers, which she said she loves because they are BPA free.?
'Being fairly pricey individually, I bought mine in bulk sets from Costco and did a bunch of 50 cent surveys to be able to justify the cost to myself.
'This year (two years after I started collecting them), Kmart released an awesome knock-off which I wish was available when I was looking,' she explained.
Best buy: A $4.00 spice rack from IKEA which she painted pink and used to store cook books and favourite cooking utensils
Of all her buys, Iryna said her $4.00 spice racks from IKEA were probably her best.
'I painted those pink and added my cook books and favourite cooking utensils and it really brought the whole space together.'
While she revealed the total cost of her pretty pantry was $2,855, she said the real value was closer to $4,372.?
'My husband and I are pretty money savvy and adhere to a monitored monthly budget. We like to know exactly where all of our money goes so we can eliminate unnecessary expenditure,' she said.?
Baking inspiration: The 26-year-old said the colours inspire her to want to spend more time in the kitchen baking
Iryna said she tied the whole feel of the pantry together by using custom labels created by Pretty Little Designs.
'They arrived as vinyl stickers which meant that labeling my entire pantry took a total of ten minutes an it made everything look so neat and tidy.'
Though the creative 26-year-old admits her taste might not be to everyone's liking, she said the mix of pastels is one of her favourite tones to decorate with.
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