This Kitchen Pantry Completely Disappears When It's Closed

It's so chic.

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Yijun Liao

There's only so much you can do with so little space—at least, that's what Tara and Brian thought after they purchased a two-bedroom apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The couple had a baby on the way, and they wanted to get their renovations done, stat—including modernizing their space, adding a new kitchen island, and getting rid of the outdated prewar '90s oak cabinets that lined their kitchen.

The couple paired up with , a free service matching homeowners with vetted general contractors, to choose their contractor for this project. After finally beginning their expansive renovations, which included a brand new cherry wood kitchen island (“I remember when I was a kid, the kitchen island was the center of existence,” Tara revealed) and a refrigerator that cleverly blends into the cabinetry, the couple still had a teeny bit of space left to use in their new home.

There was a few feet of wall space in the kitchen that wasn't really serving a purpose—it was kind of just there. In a small home like Tara and Brian's, you need all the space you can get, and their contractor saw the few feet as an interesting opportunity for the home. Why not turn it into an incognito pantry?

When the doors are shut, it looks like any other part of their subway-tiled kitchen walls—but once you pop the magnetic doors open, you'll find a 10-inch deep cabinet hiding all of the couple's food out of sight.

“It’s a shallow pantry, but it is enormously useful,” said Tara. “Our friends think it is so cool.”

To create an even broader sense of openness in their newly designed kitchen, Tara and Brian also decided to get rid of the clunky oak cabinets entirely—they opted for stylish open shelving instead. It all works together to create a bright, airy space where the family can look forward to cooking, although honestly, even putting away groceries would be a joy in this well-designed space.

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