I transformed my dull kitchen cupboard into my dream walk-in pantry with bargain buys from IKEA | The Sun
25th June 2022

PROFESSIONAL organiser Alice Kuaban has  transformed her walk-in pantry in the perfect room with furniture from IKEA.

Before getting to work on the transformation the pantry was, according to Alice, rather drab and lacklustre, and not quite what she wanted for her home.


Speaking to Apartment Therapy professional organiser Alice, of ODDessence, says she decided on a budget of $1,200 – which would cover everything from new shelves and paint to lighting fixtures and decoration.

“I needed a room that was going to be functional and inviting” says the organisation whizz, “but I also did not want to break the bank, so I had to be quite creative with my choices.”

She quickly decided on purchasing the popular IKEA Billy bookcases for her storage needs.

Her first step was to measure and sketch the pantry layout so she would know exactly how many of these bookcases to purchase.

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When the sketching and planning was complete she began the task of taking down all the items currently in the pantry, and then repainting the resealing the walls and floor.

Putting up the bookshelves, Alice kept some open but bought the IKEA Oxberg glass doors for some of the others – these had the added benefit of preventing her crockery from getting dusty.

For better organisation and storage space and cute final touch, she then purchased the IKEA Foerhoeja kitchen trolley.

The organisational whizz has separated items in the pantry into two zones, with utensils on the left and food on the right: “It increases my efficiency because I know exactly where to look for items,” she adds.

Between Alice and her husband the entire job took just six weeks, with them balancing it alongside their full-time jobs and childcare.

Alice is extremely pleased with the results of this transformation, saying: “I love everything about it. The floors, how each item is displayed, and even my basic art on the walls. There’s a lot of stuff in my pantry, but it doesn’t look cluttered which I love.”

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For anyone else planning to give their pantry or kitchen a makeover, Alice has one piece of advice: “Take your time and be patient. If you plan ahead and have on paper what is going to go on each shelf, it will save you so much time.”

Alice shared the photos of her kitchen transformation to her Instagram, where people have shared they’re obsessed with interior designs.



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