For years I have been aware of the fact that my house seriously lacks storage space. I also realized I hardly ever have a guest. So sorry guests........ you'll have to sleep in the pantry. (Or in the camper, that's like a private suite in the driveway!)
I found homes for my antique guest bedroom furniture and gutted the room. It really was a small room, but perfect for this purpose. Floor to ceiling shelving all the way around the room with an island to come for the middle, and I should be set for storage space. No more home canned goods all over my dining room floor.
We are having company for a few days starting today so I was in a serious hurry to get this done. I did not get the room painted first but at some point I have to remember that this is a pantry, not the living room. I can paint it a nice color later. The shelves are only in half of the room, I will have to finish the rest in a few weeks but it should do the trick nicely. The island in the middle will provide nice underneath storage space as well as give me a surface to fold laundry on. I planned this for months and secretly wanted one for years but was afraid my hubby would think it a bad idea. But no one ever wanted to stay with us because the bed being an antique meant it was also highly uncomfortable. Problem solved. No more bed.