Hello friends! I can’t believe that today is the day. I finally get to share our butler’s pantry with you all! This project took a few twists and turns and like most projects, took a little longer than we expected, but we are completely over the moon with it. This new pantry space is truly a dream come true for us.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on the progress of this space and how we went from creating a new powder room to shifting to a new pantry instead. You can read all about that here. Our new pantry is in the back right corner of our living room. When you walk into our living room from the foyer, you enter into the back of the living room. To the right you’ll find the fireplace on the far wall with chairs and a sofa. Straight ahead is a French door leading outside and to your left you will find a built-in bookshelf. Just past the shelf is a small hallway that goes straight our kitchen. In the hallway there is door to our garage and basement and across from that is now where our pantry sits. At the bottom of the post I’ve shared two through videos for you!
Here’s a couple of photos of the corner before.
Although fun to decorate, the corner before didn’t serve us any purpose. I can imagine it would have been a great spot for a baby grand piano, but for us it was just wasted space.
The New Pantry
Standing in the kitchen, here’s that same corner today!
Isn’t she just lovely?
The pantry consists of two walls of storage with a large window in the center. We lined both walls with cabinets and shelves. We originally planned to install upper cabinets instead, but once we got them in place we realized the room felt far too heavy. It was just too much for this narrow room. I know some people are not fans of open shelving, but I love them. The dusting aspect just doesn’t bother me and I’ve always found open shelves to be timeless. When it comes to design and your home, you have to do what works best for you.
While planning around the window, we decided to use the narrow space to the right for a plate rack. I knew I wanted a large one and this wall ended up being the perfect size for one. The rack goes to the ceiling and stops just above our wooden stool that we’ve tucked underneath. I still need to add a thin rail just above each shelf to make sure nothing falls forward and off the rack, I hope to get to that this week. Fingers crossed!
Our budget for this project was not a large one. We did all the work ourselves, with the exception of running new wiring for electric. Lucky for us, my brother-in-law is an electrician. Josh and his dad studded the walls and door opening. Josh and I then did the sheet rock, trim, shelving, and cabinetry, followed up by paint and counter tops.
The cabinets are basic stock cabinets from home depot that we modified so that the doors would be inset. I also added decorative trim and feet to the bottoms of them for a custom look. The pantry is narrow due to the exterior door on the other side, but it’s very fictional and has all the storage space we need.
Our original plan was to make our own inset cabinets, but after making cabinets for our laundry room (I hope to share that soon.) we were burnt out and ready to get it finished. We decided to go with the wood stock cabinets. Here is a list of the cabinets we used:
1 – 15” wall cabinet
I took it as a challenge for myself to find a way to make them just like I wanted them. I can honestly say that I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! I’ll share all the details on how we converted these cabinets in the next week or so. There’s too many details to share in this post. The cabinets will need their own blog post.
For the counter tops we used inexpensive pine “project boards”, as Lowes calls them. They come in 3, 4, and 6 foot lengths and are about 30” wide. I would have loved to use butcher block, but this was a much cheaper and lightweight option. We used our table saw to cut each board to the width we needed and I then used the same process to stain and finish them as I did with our kitchen’s butcher block. The stain color is Provincial by Minwax. You can get on the finishing process here. I did seal these with three coats of lacquer. The smell was very strong. I finished them in the garage, but would recommend using it outside if at all possible. It gave the counter tops a super smooth finish that should be very durable.
I wasn’t so sure about the thinner wood tops originally, but I absolutely love how they turned out! In fact, I later found several photos of old houses on Pinterest that also had thin wood counter tops in butler’s pantries. It’s a great option when you’re on a budget, but still want something pretty and functional.
I used the same paint for the trim, cabinets and walls. I went with Benjamin Moore’s Advanced line for cabinets, doors and trim. I think it might be my favorite paint I’ve ever used. It has a super hard finish to it and has a nice gloss without being too shiny. Many of you have been wanted to know what color I used. After trying more samples that I can count, (thank goodness for the paint store in my basement, ha!), I wasn’t finding a warm cream/mushroom that was right for this north facing room. I finally decided to do what I did in our master bedroom and laundry room. I started mixing colors that I had on hand. Finding the right color was quite tricky. The final color ended up being 50% Carrington Beige by Benjamin Moore and 50% Navajo White by BM. I used a large bucket to mix the cans together myself, however some BM employees are willing to create the mix in the store for you. As I’ve suggested in the past, make sure you’re using BM’s paint when using their colors. Color matching at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. doesn’t always result in the same color. I know this from experience.
I love both of these colors on their own and have Navajo white on our living room’s fireplace mantle currently, but they just didn’t work well in the pantry on their own. Together they make the most beautiful, warm cream. It reminds me of a soft knitted sweater. I wanted a warmer paint color for this space and this one is so cozy day or night, sun or clouds. I’m even considering using it on our living room trim.
We used the same timeless oval knobs in un-lacquered brass as we did in our kitchen. The hinges are and called non-mortise hinges. I couldn’t find any in an un-lacquered brass within our budget, so I purchased brushed nickel and used Rub-n’-Buff in gold leaf on them. I’ve used this product in many places, including lamps and light fixtures and it’s always served me well. The hinges turned out great and as the knobs begin to patina, they’ll match even better.
For the pegs below the lower shelves, I purchased these screw in pegs. They made the job so easy and they’re super affordable! To paint them, I stuck them into some styrofoam and sprayed them while I was painting the cabinet doors. This was so much quicker and less of a hassle than painting each one with a brush. I love the charm peg hooks add to a space and just how functional they are.
I chose a roman shade for the window covering. This shade was homemade using a cordless blind from Lowes. You can find my tutorial for the shade here. I did add a pleated edge to the bottom for a pretty touch. The fabric is by Lacefield Design. The print is Ponce and the color is stone.
The hallway from the pantry to the kitchen ended up being a little darker in the evenings than we thought it would be, so we added this wall sconce and shade. I’ve loved having a sconce here verses a can light. Sconces give off that “lamp-like” feel, so cozy.
This pantry is already getting so much use that I kick myself that we didn’t do it sooner. Sometimes I just stand in the door way and stare, ha! It feels as though Christmas came early this year. I’m so glad you could stop by and take the tour with me. I hope it can inspire you, maybe even help you imagine that unused space in your house as something new. Until next time, have a great week friends!
Paint Color – 50% Carrington Beige by BM & 50% Navajo White by BM
Cabinetry – Links listed above
Wood Countertops & Stain Color – Lowes – Provincial by Minwax
Wooden Stool – Ikea (purchased years ago)
Baskets – Homegoods
Antique Copper Molds – Antique store in Franklin, TN
Wine Glasses – Homegoods
Ironstone Mugs – FB Marketplace
Platters & Pitchers – Antique Markets, Thrift Stores, Homegoods & Williams Sonoma
Vintage Duck Baker – Local Antique Market
Pinecone Wreath – Local Shop
Let’s Take A Walking Tour!