Sunday, October 21, 2012

Before and After: Butler's Pantry

Since I posted a pic last week of the butler's pantry as it is today, I decided it might be fun to show you the progression from where we began...

The space where our "butler's pantry" and laundry room live now were the original kitchen. (Apologies for the grainy iPhone pics taken at dusk in a house with no lights!)

Stripped down to the studs.
Looking into the framed laundry room from butler's pantry
From laundry room looking back to the dining room
From the back hallway
How the details really came together are what have made this my favorite room in the house
As I mentioned, the lucite chair was the find of the century from my friend Caroline's mom (Oak Island of all places!).  The old bar sign is etched glass and from a bar's door in England (Josh's bday present from his mom...just what he wanted ;).  I was originally thinking of painting the frame black, but am actually really liking the wood to keep with the age and it complements the floors.  It hangs on the wall across from the cabinets that isn't ever pictured.
The hammered sink we bought on a whim one Saturday back in Feb. as Ferguson's showroom was moving locations for about a tenth of the original price.  It was actually the very first item we bought for the house.  I was originally worried about mixing brass and chrome, but it doesn't bother me at all now.
Our cabinet guy looked at me like I was crazy when I told him I wanted to have chicken wire in here.  I have an entire roll if you ever need any for a project of your own.  I love it, as I do all things French, and think it's a little different than glass.
The pulls are the same ones we had in our Edenton St. kichen (Anthropologie) and the knobs are from Brigg's Hardware.


  1. Absolutely in love with this!Love the chicken wire and the hammered sink. Looks beautiful.

  2. Love your kitchen/butler's pantry! So many good things going on here, and what a great before & after! What is the paint color on the cabinets?

    1. Hi Minnette!
      Thanks for the sweet comment. The cabinets are lacquered, but I had them match Benjamin Moore's Timber Wolf gray. The walls are BM Stonington Gray so it was a nice contrast.
      Thanks again!