As I’ve been unpacking and settling in our new house, there are days when I can make a large push to get things done. Other days, the bulk of my time and attention is required elsewhere, so I just have to sneak some work in here and there. On those days, I’ve been working on small areas that I can pick at where there is time.
The butler’s pantry is one of those small projects…
It quickly became the dumping ground for breakables when we started unpacking and I was eager to get it tidied up. Over the course of two busier days, I just took a little time here and there to get things in a somewhat organized fashion.
I’ve loved this built-in from the moment I saw it. It’s more cabinet space, which is awesome, but it also provides display space and some great character. I am definitely planning on painting it in a color (not white). I want to make it look more like a piece of furniture, but I’m still formulating a specific plan. It will involve bead board and some corbels, though! I’m not sure, yet, if I’ll remove the upper cabinets and replace them with open shelving and/or a plate rack, or if I’ll just paint the current upper cabinets and adjust what’s around them to alter the look. We’ll see.
I love how the little nook across from it is coming along, though. I set that little stool and crock there quickly as I was sorting through things, but I really like them there. I am on the hunt for a good indoor plant to plop in that crock.
The French kitchen clock is the first thing I’ve hung in the house. I’ve had it in a closet for years and I’m glad we’re finally able to use it. My grandparents bought it from France when we lived in Germany. My mom has one that is identical and it’s hung in her kitchen as long as I can remember. It’s nice to add it to my house, now. It is a wind-up and it has a delightful tick-tock to it that feels (or sounds) homey to me.
Back in the living room, the white hutch was okay, but it did look a little small. We had tried the blue hutch in there and it looked too big (but I like to display it with the doors open, which makes it even larger.) I asked Jeff is we could swap the hutches one more time (maybe).
We moved the pine hutch that was in my office into the living room…
Much better! The scale is better suited to the space and this house seems to like warm woods. It might all change once we start painting, but it’s working right now.
On busy days, I also chipped away at unpacking my millions of boxes of ironstone. Jeff said that I might have too much and I just laughed. Not possible. I do have a bit too much to display it all currently, but I have some future plans and we still have quite a few furniture holes in the house, so I’ll wait to decide if I need to thin the collection or not.
My parents are in town for a couple of weeks to help with projects on the house and spend time with the boys. Tomorrow, we’re going to start painting! We’ll start in the living room and studio, probably jumping between the two room.
I can’t wait to see how different the spaces look wearing my cooler paint colors on the wall! I’ll be sharing previews on my Instagram stories, if you want to follow along in real time!