Sunday, January 20, 2019

THE OTHER SIDE OF MY LAUNDRY/BUTLER'S PANTRY

I recently wrote about the room off our kitchen that serves as our laundry/butler's pantry/office.  If you missed Part 1 of the room (the left side), click on the highlighted words to be directed to  that post.

Today I'm sharing the right side of the room.  To help you visualize the space, this first image shows what it looks like from the kitchen.  The door at the end of the room leads to a powder room.

LOOKING INTO MY LAUNDRY/BUTLER'S PANTRY/OFFICE
How can you have a butler's pantry without dishes?  My transfereware is in the top half of the vintage cupboard that I cut in half.  My other set of favorite lettuce leaves dishes are always visible and accessible on a free-standing pot rack.  I've written about my lettuce leaf plates before here.  If you check out the link, you'll see what the space looked like before this latest change up.

MY LETTUCE LEAF PLATES ON A POT RACK IN THE CORNER

The cupboard on this side of the room holds all my pantry items.  It's where I store canned and dry goods, pasta, sauces, condiments--you get it.  It's my non-perishable foodstuffs back up.  It originally was a plain two-door cupboard top.  To make it match the cabinet on the other side, I added some fluting trim, stained braided trim, and since it was topless, I repeated the natural wood top to match the countertop on the other side.  There are two shelves inside that provide perfect pantry storage.  One day I'll go Marie Kondo on it, but for now cans and boxes and bags are just stacked there.  It's not too deep, so I can easily see what I have.  Of course I painted it black.

MY PANTRY CUPBOARD

No space is ever left unstyled at our house.  The top of the pantry cupboard is no exception.

STYLED PANTRY CABINET

On the left is a framed art collage.  The green in the art picks up the green accents in the room.

FRAMED COLLAGE ART

Below the art are a pair of cement garden spheres I'm using as bookends for my perfectly weathered leather books.  The spheres add another pop of green.

CEMENT GARDEN SPHERES AS BOOKENDS

I stacked my vintage bread boards as a backdrop on the right side.

VINTAGE BREAD BOARDS STACKED ON THE RIGHT SIDE

COLLAGE ART, LEATHER BOOKS, SPHERES, AND BREADBOARDS

VINTAGE BREAD BOARDS

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post you can see the other side of the pantry here.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  See you soon.



Sunday, January 6, 2019

IS IT MY BUTLER'S PANTRY OR MY LAUNDRY OR MY OFFICE?

There's a room off our kitchen that serves many purposes.  When we purchased our home, it was my least favorite space.  Now, it's the room I like best.  I've written about this space before.  I'm not sure what to call it----my laundry room, my pantry, or my office.  It serves all those purposes in one small space.   I wish I had some before pictures, but just let me say that it had red indoor/outdoor carpeting on the floor, yellow and orange floral vinyl wallpaper and a utility tub hanging from the wall, flanked by a washer and dryer.  It was the first room we tackled. We pretty much gutted it.

Here it is today, recently updated to add a stacking washer and dryer.  Originally I had an under-the-counter washer and dryer.  It's demise prompted this update.  I do love the capacity of the new appliances, but I miss the long counter.  I had to give up a section of the long counter that served me well as a place to fold laundry or as a spot for a dessert buffet during the holidays.





If you've been a long-time reader of my blog, you know that I asked the carpenter to cut a vintage corner cabinet in half.  I got a strange look from him, but he did it.  The top half holds my collection of transferware and the bottom half became the cabinet under the counter.  I store all my laundry and cleaning supplies in the under-the-sink cupboard.  If you know me, you could guess that I would paint the cupboard pieces black.  I think this was the beginning of a pop of black in every room of my home.  Since the counter space was so deep, I opted for a wood counter.  I like the contrast of the painted and stained pieces.  To tie the two finishes together,  I added stained rope trim on the drawers and on the cupboard.

 My vintage hamper fits perfectly into the gap left by the previous appliance.  I encourage dirty baseball uniforms to go inside the hamper instead of onto the floor.  Sometimes it works.

VINTAGE CORNER CABINET ON THE COUNTER AND UNDER THE SINK
One of the best design decisions I made for the space was the addition of two file drawers in the remaining under-the-counter space.  It's so convenient to have it nearby and so accessible.  I like to think that it helps me be a LITTLE better organized.

PULL OUT DRAWERS WITH HANGING FILE FOLDERS

Another design decision was to add a butler's sink with a gooseneck copper faucet.  
It's been a lifesaver more times than I can count.

BUTLER'S SINK ABOVE THE CUPBOARD
The china cupboard is the star of the room.  I'm always a sucker for a palladium window.  Let me show it off with a few close-ups.

CUPBOARD TOP AND FORNASETTI PRINT

LOVE PALLADIUM WINDOWS

Every knob needs a tassel.

KNOB WITH TASSEL

Have you noticed that I like brown and black transferware?



I needed something on the wall against the washer and dryer.  My Anthropologie elephant volunteered to leave the kitchen and be part of this space.  The containers below him hold laundry soaps.





ELEPHANT IN PROFILE

That elephant is just too cute.  He's one of my favorites.

MY ANTHRO ELEPHANT

No room of mine is complete unless I have a chandelier.  This room is no exception.  I did a verdigris finish on this vintage acanthus leaf pendant light and I also changed some of the crystals to black ones to pick up the black in the room.  

MY VINTAGE CHANDELIER

  You haven't seen the pantry side of the room yet.  Here's a sneak peek.
To see the full post, click here or on the image below.

SNEAKY PEEK OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM