Woman Cave {Phase One}

Woman Cave {Phase One}

So…… “My Woman Cave” is actually our kitchen pantry.

Our talented, clever construction crew dubbed the pantry my woman cave and I have to admit, it’s true.  I suppose my 100’s of specifications for this before tiny, now slightly larger room inside of our kitchen pretty much points in that direction. I am hoping to use most of the space inside the pantry for my baking “toys” and appliances. We’ll see what happens as the construction plans evolve and fall into place.

Meanwhile, even though my husband and I are thankful to have a walk-in pantry in our kitchen, there was a lot of wasted space inside mostly due to the “unique shape” of the pantry. Due to the fact that it us tucked into the space beneath our stairs; you can see the slant of the stairs in the above photo. The pantry was oddly shaped with lots of angles and limited, awkward, shelf space. It always felt cluttered, because in addition to our family’s every day food staples, I filled it with waaaay too many appliances and bulk baking ingredients like 50lb bags of sugar, powdered sugar, and flour. Plus the fact it just never stayed organized.

Just to the right outside of the pantry was a “menu” desk which over the years also served as a beverage center and a candy bar, but in reality was mostly a place to collect papers & lots of stuff. It also had angles & triangle-shaped upper & lower cabinet space that made storage difficult & impractical. The shelving above the desk area could pretty much only be reached with a step-ladder.

Once our construction crew opened the wall, they discovered a vertical support post inside the wall where edge of the previous menu desk was. The wall was removed to shift the new pantry door opening to the right. You can see the horizontal white-colored beam above the top of what will be the doorway. Our awesome construction crew worked around the issue by adding a horizontal  as in that super cool, weathered looking exposed beam. They asked me if I was okay with that and I am definitely more that okay. It was LOVE at first sight. This beam instantly became the design inspiration  for My Woman Cave. The next step is to work on replacing the ceiling light which I’ve never liked. HELLO AMAZON –

The entire project in this area involved, removing the wall, moving the menu desk area forward about 12 inches & shortening it by 2 feet (on the left), moving the upper cabinets forward and shortening the desk on the bottom by half. This allowed the pantry door to be shifted to the right which was needed so that shelves can be put along the left (and largest) wall without walking into them when entering into the pantry. Shifting the door to the right also prevents walking right into the bottom of that staircase slant when entering the pantry.

It’s probably tough to visualize, but thankfully our contractor and crew seem to understand what I was asking/hoping for. Where the tile is missing in the picture shows where the “menu desk” used to be.  All of the new walls & doors are framed and I’m super excited to watch it all come together. I still can’t believe this is happening, I feel like I’m in an episode on HGTV.

How did people remodel before Pinterest (and the internet) – seriously…. ??? Well, actually maybe it kept things simpler – but if you are going to re-model I say RE-MODEL. I am seriously loving this process so much. Everyday something exciting happens.   Shout out to my awesome husband for making my “home kitchen turned personal bakery” dream a reality.

Phase 2 highlights a few sneak peaks of the changes inside the pantry. 


Picture #1:

  • The upper cabinets before and the top of the wall set back – the wall and the cabinets are moving forward so they are even with the pantry door.
menu desk and pantry door before
Picture #1

Picture #2:

  • The angled walls in both corners
  • The entire angled area on the left is now the new pantry door opening.
  • The back area of the desk was walled off and is now inside the pantry.


Picture #2


Picture #3:

  • The pantry door itself is being changed, as well as the hardware and the door will swing on the left instead of the right.
  • The picture also shows the BEFORE shelving and the bottom of the staircase that basically blocks the left side entry into the pantry.
Picture #3


Picture #4:

  • The opening (with the ladder) next to the pantry shows the previous location of a double oven & the pantry door
  • This area will be converted into a cabinet with pull out drawers making it into the new “kid/family” friendly pantry.
double oven
Picture #4




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