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.