Before I share about the butler’s pantry, I wanted to give everyone a head’s up that my latest round of paintings are for sale and the auctions end today. You can view and bid on the paintings HERE.
There is still snow on the ground and it was in the 20’s today, but it still feels like spring is coming. It will be here eventually, anyway! I don’t feel antsy for spring, but I am starting to get the itch to work on more home projects again. We’ve kept things moving along over the winter with painting, having the wood floors installed, working on organization, sewing curtains, etc. but I’m ready to dig into some bigger projects.
Once it’s warm enough, we really need to get our garage cleaned out and organized. We have some boxes we still need to unpack, even! It’s a bit of a mess and a frustration whenever I’m trying to find a specific tool or box of screws. I’ll walk around in a huff, “We’ve got to get organized!” It’ll happen soon, but right now Jeff is in the second half of his last semester of school and it’s just too cold.
The whole point is that once we get the garage cleaned out, we can set up a mobile wood shop, so we can work on some of the woodworking projects on my list. I’d like to do some molding and trim, built-ins under the windows in my studio, and I want to customize the butler’s pantry…
(By the way, “butler’s pantry” sounds fancy, but this is just some extra cabinets between the kitchen and dining room. It’s just easier to call it a “butler’s pantry” than “extra cabinets between the kitchen and dining room”, so we’ll go with that!)
I’ve struggled with this space a bit, because I didn’t want to paint it white, like the rest of the cabinets. The glass shelves up top also feel too modern for me. As I’ve shared before, I’d like to make this look more like a custom piece of furniture. It’s perfectly nice as is, but I want it to have more personality and to really make a statement!
I’ve looked around for all sorts of ideas and I finally found one that, in my opinion, will bridge the gap between my love of antiques and this newer, more traditional home. Best yet, it’ll be fairly simple to make and I can use the existing base cabinets. This is the picture I’m using as a jumping off point…
(I couldn’t find the source, unfortunately.)
We’ll put tongue and groove on the back and sides of the niche, I’ll design the cutouts to run along the sides and top, and we’ll add simple shelving and brackets. My shelves will be deeper and probably won’t have the curvy edge like the ones above, but that’s the general idea.
And, it’s all going to get painted! I keep picturing it in MMS Milk Paint Boxwood, so that’s probably what I’ll use, but a last minute change is possible! It will be a color, though, not white.
I’m excited to see how all of my old things will look in the space once it’s reworked. I feel like they are butting heads with the built-ins a bit now.
I mean, Civil War era flatware just doesn’t look at home in maple cabinetry built in 2005.
But, I will make them play nicely…