Sunday, April 29, 2012

Butler's Pantry Extraordinaire

I love telling people I have a butler's pantry.  It makes me feel so fancy.  It also makes me feel fancy to use words like extraordinaire.  




But the truth is I rarely if ever put on my fancy pants.  In fact I'm pretty certain that a real butler has never set foot inside this pantry unless you count someone from the Butler family down the street.  




But this pantry had very humble beginnings.  Rumor has it that a chicken coop was cleaned out and pulled up to the house, then a door was punched through from the kitchen. 



From the looks of this before picture,  you can pretty much believe the coop theory.  

There was further proof during the demo when we ran into corrigated metal walls and a few chicken feathers. (Ok not really on the feather part)  My husband took a look at this room and wanted to just take a match to it.  He always has been the smart one.  I had to beg him to let me keep the original cabinets.  I promised to feed them everyday and take them on walks and clean up after them.  




But a few weeks into the project, I was wishing I'd just taken these puppies to the pound. Doesn't it just get to you when your guy is right? 
The countertop selection was a no-brainer.  It had to be the black and white hex tile just like at my grandma's old house.  Maybe not just like hers, I'm hoping to avoid emulating those nasty grout lines with some good sealer.

When it came time for the paint color choice I thought of the sea of beautiful white kitchens I have seen, but somehow it didn't seem quite right here.  Then we discovered the maize yellow wallpaper under the layers and layers of stuff on the kitchen walls.  This must have been the original color scheme because the very last layer of paint I scraped off the doors and drawers had a very similar color. 


  It just seemed fitting to make what was old, new again.  











The pantry is just through the door from the kitchen.  I think of it as my mini kitchen.  I had planned on taking out the wall between these two rooms and making a big country kitchen but a little thing called gravity got in my way.  Something about a load bearing wall, and "Lady do you want your second story to be your first story?"  It just really bugs me when the laws of physics get in my way, but in the end the 18"adobe wall and Newton won.  


I actually really love how it all worked out.  Everything is so handy but out of the way.  
  





It's also large enough to house the laundry area.


























Plus I've got a place to store the butler if I ever get one.






Just because its fun, lets line up those before and afters shall we????






















 Well, the room is ready to stage the hor dourves now.  (There I go with those fancy words again)  All that's missing is my very own Jeeves to serve them up.






Truly,


         Lynn



















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51 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL. What great storage and just lovely to look at too. A lot of elbow grease went into that transformation, I can tell. Great job. I'd smile every time I walked into the joint. Did you see me swoon when I spied the ribbed glass?

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  2. Amazing transformation! The yellow makes it so inviting and warm. Any butler would be happy to spend time in there.

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  3. wow oh wow, this is fabulous...what a great job you did on updating the "butler" pantry. And I love that yellow...just so cheerful!!

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  4. Oh, I just LOVE it! Every single detail! The yellow is so cheerful and I am so envious that you have so much room for storage! (smile) You did a fabulous job.

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  5. Wow! Are you sure that's the same room? ;) Beautiful transformation! LOL about the chicken coop - I grew up in an old farm house with similar features. You did an amazing job. I love the color. What a great space!

    Thanks so much for introducing yourself today and for linking up! It's so nice to "e-meet" you! :)

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  6. Found your link at WhisperWood Cottage. This is absolutely stunning. I adore the yellow cabinets. The desk area is brilliant. If I was in charge you would get my vote!

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  7. So gorgeous! I just love the changes you are making to your home. And I think Ms. Kari at Thistle will be stopping by and prying that "Wood" sign off your wall ...

    :)

    Linda

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  8. What a wonderful transformation! I love the black and white accent with those warm gold cabinets. It really is a luxury to have a space like that. Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi!

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  9. Simply Gorgeous! That butler's pantry is to die for. :-) Visiting you from Debbiedoo's Newbie Party. I'm now following and look forward to seeing more of your amazing farmhouse transformations. Have a great week!
    Sharla

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  10. HOLY MOLY! That is fantastic! I can't even believe it is the same room. I love the counters, I love the yellow, I love the wavy glass.. oh I just love it all. And I swear, it is so beautiful now, you just have to hire a butler!

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  11. What an amazing transformation! Wonderful job! And your photos are gorgeous too!

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  12. WOW Lyn, I love everything about this project. Such a pretty color too. Of course I spied the roo and the sunflower too. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

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  13. So fantastic! What fun it must have been to transform the space into exactly what you wanted. Great Job!

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  14. Oh wow Lynne, that is a beautiful butler's pantry and quite the transformation! I love the color of the cabinets.

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  15. Great job, so much storage. Wonderful!!!

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  16. I just love this! So bright and cheerful -- I wouldn't even mind doing the laundry here. You could definitely set up your party service in here.

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  17. What a fabulous transformation. I love all your choices. Great additional storage space.
    I'm happy to be a new follower, Mary Alice

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  18. WOW!!! This looks wonderful. I love the colors, the tiles, the accessories. Great job!

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  19. Wow, that remodel is beautiful! I really love the color of the cabinets and the countertops are awesome. All of your accessories are pretty but I couldn't help notice the B/W damask chair. I love, love, love damask!

    I'd love it if you would link up your remodel to my "favorite room" linky party. It just started yesterday.

    Shasta (new follower)
    http://intheoldroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/whats-your-favorite-room-linky-party.html

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  20. Wow! This is amazing!! I'm really loving the yellow!

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  21. Wow!
    Covet covet!
    I have always wanted a butler's pantry, and yours is amazing.
    I love the cabinet color.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  22. Just. Wow. I absolutely love what you've done with this. And the chicken coop history -- that's just too awesome!

    We had a maid's entrance in the old farmhouse we lived in before we moved here -- and I thought that was pretty cool. :)

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  23. Wow! What an amazing transformation!! I love the tile countertop and yellow cabs. And, how great is it to have all that storage space? Wish I had a butler's pantry, too. Nice job :)

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  24. WOW! How fabulous! It looks amazing! I absolutely love the yellow paint color for the cabinets. Love everything about it. :)

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  25. Boy, what I would give to have a pantry like this! Great storage and it can serve as a pantry as well as an office. Love the glass on the doors and the tile is gorgeous. I really like the pattern on your chair too. Great color choice, it really makes this room pop! You and your guy get an A+ on this renovation!

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  26. you need a FOLLOW button! I need to follow your blog ;) Our butler's pantry was converted into a 3/4 bath back in '69. We know this because that's the date on the newspapers they used for insulation in the walls. LOL My house has a *vestibule* and a *reception hall*...so i know all about those fancy pants rooms no one else has anymore LOL

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  27. Lynn, What an amazing transformation! The room is beautiful and I love all the storage. I just found you at Debbie's party and I am now a follower.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  28. Fabulous - can't believe that this used to be for the birds (I mean chickens)!!

    Love the color and the hex tile (I have the same pattern in one of my bathroom floors)!

    New follower.
    Kelly

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  29. Wow, it's gorgeous! I'm glad you included the before photos.

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  30. WOW. WOW. WOW. I love the yellow paint and the BW counter top. Nice work!!!

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  31. I think this is even more than extraordinaire.....is that possible? You have done a truly amazing job and I think it needs to be shouted from the rooftops :) Thank you so much for sharing and thanks for the inspiration.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  32. Gorgeous! What a fabulous job you did!!!

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  33. Good Morning! I just found you through Gina. Your project is amazing...AMAZING! I do think you should keep at least one chicken in the cupboard though to remind you of the room's roots....a LIVE chicken...not any of those old ceramic ones.

    I am your newest follower. You have a sense of humor and that is as good as any project you will ever do. I will be here faithfully....God willing and these storms we are having don't carry me away. Pop by when you get a chance...xo Diana

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  34. Hey Lynn,
    I found you at Gina's Random Thoughts and I'm so glad that I did! This makeover and your story is awesome!! Maybe I'll become a butler! I'm headed over!
    Debbie

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  35. Wow, I just popped over from the newbie party. Your transformation is gorgeous. Good for you for choosing to keep the old cabinets, it turned out magnificent. I know what it's like to renovate an older home! My second house was built in the 1860s, let's just say it was interesting!

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  36. I just found you at Gina's. What an amazing remodel and transformation!!! It is absolutely gorgeous! I love it all. The color of the cabinets is so pretty and the counters are beautiful. Stunning!!!

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  37. Popping over from Gina's blog and I added myself as a follower. Wow...that is a stunning transformation!!! I love the colors you chose, I'd never think to use them but they really do work!

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  38. Oh pooh, I just left a comment but I don't think it went through! Anyway, I popped over from Gina's and am now following you:) Your transformation is stunning!!! I love the color you chose, it really works!!!

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  39. Congratulations on being featured! I am a recent graduate of Debbiedoo's and wish you the best of luck! Great butler's pantry!
    Blessings, Lorraine

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  40. I say that's spot on (in my best English accent). A proper butler couldn't have remodeled it any better. Love the yellow and the tile counter and backsplash is fabulous. Well done.

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  41. WELL DIONE, Lynn!

    Awesome re-do and fun post- love your writing style.

    Your photos are awesome.

    Congrats on your Newbie feature award from Gina's recommendation from her awesome blog
    Random Thoughts form an Incoherent Mind.

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  42. Oh My Gosh! Coop me up in this place anytime!! Love, love what you did. Yes, the original looks like it certainly could be a coop. You did such an unbelievable job. Love everything about it. I want to do my craft room in B & W with a pop of mustard. Love the cupboards. I am visiting from Gina where she featured you as a newbie. I am now a new follower. I have a new link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. I would love if you shared this!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  43. This is fan-freaking-tastic. The tile is perfect! I love the entire room. It is wonderful. Since Miss Gina is not on facebook. But we keep trying ;) I will shout all about you and share it on my page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fox-Hollow-Cottage/274850902543035?ref=tn_tnmn

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  44. Amazing. Seriously amazing transformation. Thanks ever so much for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  45. So impressive! Love it! I know your future butler will think it is awesom.!
    -Trish

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  46. Holy goodness that is gorgeous!!

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic - I'll be featuring you at the party this weekend!

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  47. You did a beautiful job! And you are funny! You kept your sense of humor and it was fun to see "befores' Love the rooster, the bright, sunny yellow is so cheerful and the black and white tile is classic and nostalgic at the samre time, and looks really sharp!
    Congrats on being in the spotlight, it was great!
    Blessings! Linda @ Grandmalay's Daydreams

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  48. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the counters you chose! (And am slightly jealous of your beautiful, spacious pantry.). Did I mention that I love the counters?

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  49. ok, first the bathroom vanity and now a butler's pantry?? I am so in love with this pantry... new follower cause I can't miss out on whatever you get up to next!!

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  50. I must say again that I love everything about this house, amazing what you have done..

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