Thursday, February 14, 2013

Behind the Pantry Door

What's behind my pantry door?  Until recently... nothing.
Well, nothing but a wall.
You may recall that when we remodeled our kitchen last year, I had a pantry door, but no pantry behind it.  In fact, the door wasn't even attached to the hinges when I showed my kitchen reveal - it was just resting there.  The bathroom/laundry room on the other side of the wall had yet to be remodeled, and there was a shower stall where the pantry would be built.

 I'm happy to report, the shower stall and wall are gone, and that the kitchen is now officially done.

I wanted the inside of my pantry to be as enjoyable to look at as the rest of the kitchen is to me (when it's clean), so I took some inspiration from old brick buildings...the kind you see in historic, downtown areas.  My husband installed some paneling made to look like bricks, and while it was nice, it made the pantry look too dark.
Some dry-brushed white painted brightened it up inside, and since I especially love old buildings with signs painted on the sides of them, I paid homage to them by adding the name of a grocery store from an early 1900's advertisement that I shared with you {printable version HERE}.

I made a vinyl stencil with my Silhouette, and sponged over it with chalk paint.
Glass storage jars, a few rustic wooden crates, and lots of canning jars are reminiscent of items found inside an old general store.
My husband placed an electric outlet inside the pantry, so appliances can be used on the shelves to save space on the kitchen counters.
Space on the top shelf is reserved for displaying some old grocery ephemera & jars.
A few hooks on the wall provide space to hang a pots, a basket of spices and a mini-vacuum.
 I'm so thrilled to have the kitchen completely finished and I love the pantry so much, I hate to close the door!

If you missed the reveal of our kitchen remodel, here's the BEFORE (yep, it's just as bad as I remember).

and AFTER.  It still amazes me that these beautiful old wooden planks were hidden under 4 layers of linoleum and wood underlayment.  I'm just glad we discovered them and were able to salvage them.

And here's a few more shots taken on the one day of the year it was totally clean from one side to the other...which doesn't happen often.













Wouldn't you think that I really love to cook in my new kitchen?
Nope...not so.  I like to eat in my new kitchen, but nothing could make me love to cook.
I'd much rather decorate a kitchen than cook in it, ANY day.

Blessings,

41 comments:

  1. OMG i'm totally in LOVE with your kitchen, can you please come to my house and do it for me ?? no..seriously.. ?? pretty please...
    (and great pantry !)

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  2. I just live it all, and the pantry is so clever with all its hidden hooks and tidbits. So darn cute:) Im sharing on my FB page.

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  3. Oh Angie ... your pantry is just awesome ... I would want to leave the door open too. I know you are glad it is all done. Love your vintage kitchen too and looks like you had a lot of fun decorating it.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

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  4. Oh, lucky, lucky you!!! We had a walk in pantry in our previous old house and it was one of my favorite features of the kitchen. You've created an amazing space to complement your kitchen. Great minds think alike, you know. We installed that same brick paneling in the basement of our old house and whitewashed it to look like aged brick, too! You've gone one step further by adding the very cool lettering. Well done, Angie!!!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous! I love what you've done with the faux brick & it's so white & bright w/o being in anyway cold. Rockin!

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  6. absolutely beautiful! pantry AND kitchen! I would most certainly LOVE to cook in your kitchen

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  7. I never EVER tire of looking at your kitchen.
    Not so much cooking in your kitchen...but I never tire looking at it!
    Love the pantry and the faux brick another great idea!
    have a nice weekend.

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  8. That has got to be the coolest panty ever. The old advertisements really put it over the top!

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  9. LOVE the pantry! Every bit as charming as the rest of your kitchen! In our previous home we used that exact brick paneling in the kitchen (painted, too) and I used a scrap to make my faux fireplace mantel backdrop in my current home. Pretty versatile stuff! I'm gonna go pin your pantry :)

    Jeanette

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  10. You have such a gorgeous kitchen.. make me want to have a look at the rest of the house!

    Following along with the hope of peeping in someday ;)

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.in/

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  11. That pantry is the best! The white washed brick looks so perfect for your kitchen.
    (I'm with you, I don't like cooking either)

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  12. You have done a great job once again Angie. I love your kitchen and the pantry is the cherry on top. I love how you styled both spaces.

    Amazing!:)

    Happy weekend
    Sumaya

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  13. Your kitchen is gorgeous! Just absolutely gorgeous!

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  14. Waddadifference! And the pantry, yeah I'd want to leave the door open too. How long before you cut out the panels and add an old window so you can see in there?

    Bliss

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  15. What an amazing difference ~ you have such a talent for decorating and such an eye for everything lovely.

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  16. Hi Angie, What a great transformation. Love the pantry and something wonderful to view when open. Everything is gorgeous. Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  17. Lovely Kitchen. You inspire me! TGIF

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  18. I totally agree. Designing a kitchen is way more fun than cooking in one. I am sure if my house didn't come with a kitchen, I wouldn't bother adding one. lol
    *Smiles*

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  19. it is all amazingly wonderful!!

    And I LOVE the pantry. At my shop I have a brick fireplace, on a wall of white wood. I have many times thought of painting it white but never brave enough. You make me want to take the leap and do it...

    blessings sweet lady.

    barb

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  20. Wow Angie, what a transformation! I love every one of your vintage details. I'm with you all the way...I'd much rather decorate a kitchen than cook in it.

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  21. Love your kitchen! I would even cook in your kitchen! The coffee bar, cooler that cool.

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  22. Tell ya what, Angie! I'll come on over and do the cooking in your kitchen! I just finished baking some beautiful bread today! Yum! I have a space in my kitchen that I'm trying to determine if and when I want to do a pantry with it. Yours is fantastic! I'd be honored if you joined me at Country Whites Weekend! :)
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  23. I LOVE your new pantry! And I Absolutely adore your new kitchen! What an amazing renewal of that space! Now you have me thinking - watch out husband!

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  24. What a beautiful makeover! You should be very proud. I love all of it. It is magazine perfect. Great job and thanks for sharing.

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  25. I just LOVE your kitchen! The tin ceiling is awesome and I love the big window you are using as a divider. I also love your pantry (I sure wish I had one! ) Nice job and thanks so much for sharing so I can drool!
    Susan

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  26. Your kitchen is fantastic! So much farmhouse charm. I'd love to come and cook for you! It wouldn't be "work" in a kitchen like that!
    Thanks for joining Country Whites Weekend and inspiring others!
    Blessings from the Farmhouse,
    Dru

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  27. Happy Country Whites Weekend! Thank you kindly for embracing your country whites and sharing your pantry and kitchen at the party.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  28. So many things to love in here. Congrats on the new pantry. What a sweet addition that is to your already greatly upgraded space. You made it so homey and gorgeous!
    Liz

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  29. Wow! I just can't get over the transformation of your entire kitchen. I love the white "brick" inside your pantry. And your kitchen floors! LOVE!!

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  30. Angie,
    What a charming pantry...I just love how you did the walls...soooo neat!!! Is it okay to be a tad bit jealous?

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  31. I could just sit and stare at your kitchen Angie - it's just gorgeous - and that pantry has to be the most charming pantry I've ever seen - love that you left the brick - what charm and the stencilling is perfect!!!
    Think I have to pin now :)
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  32. Fabulous! I have a serious case of pantry envy!!! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  33. OHHHH what a beautiful kitchen and pantry. I'm drooling! So glad I found your inspirational blog! I'm just going to spend the day here looking at that kitchen again!

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  34. Hi Angie!
    I will be featuring your pantry tomorrow!
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  35. Love, love love it all!!! Great kitchen! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Love your kitchen...instead of that door you could use and old screen door that way you have a door there but also you can see through to the pantry too.

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  37. Still enjoying looking at your kitchen and pantry. Wondering....what is that wood thing with the rolling pin on top of it? Is that some type of grater? I loooove details...lol

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  38. I'm totally in love with your pantry and your kitchen!
    I enjoy every detail, just fantastic!!!
    Besos! Silvina

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  39. It all looks so awesome!! Great job with all your changes. Just beautiful.
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  40. everything looks great angie, love the pantry! :) it all takes time, doesn't it?

    funny about the clean from one side to the other.... when I take pics in the kitchen, I'm always thankful the camera doesn't have "eyes in the back of the head" to see behind me! hahaha

    great job!

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