Friday, January 4, 2013

before+after pantry.

Our farmhouse has been one of those homes that is one big, constant project.  You work a little here and there...take a break...then, work on something else.  It's actually kinda fun to live in a home where you can freely be creative without worry about making things line up perfectly or triple checking to make sure the paint is matchy, matchy.  Ya, it is kind of annoying because nothing is ever "complete," but it's fun to embrace the idea of endless, not-so-perfect possibilities.

Anyway, YEARS ago when Mom and Dad upgraded to an oven with a stove-top all in one appliance, the spot that once held the oven was left empty.  It was a huge, awkward square area in the kitchen that later housed everything from canned goods and dishes to pots and pans in leaning stacks.  I think at one point it even had scrap fabric casually draped over it in an attempt to provide some sort of curtain...

When Michael and I first moved in, we used it as a pantry, but it looked like we had a mini grocery store since you could visually see every, single box of food, canned good, and chip bag we preferred.  So, we transferred our food to a cabinet with doors and kept our glassware in the awkward space.  It served its purpose though.  The glassware was much more appealing than our soup preferences.

Then, one day I thought about creating some sort of simple door.  It clearly didn't have to be fancy, just some sort of board thing to make it more like an actually pantry.  I mentioned the design idea to my husband (chalkboard with barn wood), and during the last month or so, he assembled a simple, pantry door!

Of course, I had told him that I wanted it put up by Christmas...so in the middle of opening presents Christmas morning, we had to stop and put the door up before guests arrived.  "Why did we not already take care of this?" was a question that was repeated several times, but you move on. :)

We have since transferred our mini grocery back into the pantry...We're still searching for a vintage doorknob to add to it, but for now, it's doin' the job.  Below is proof of the awkward gap (left) and our new, pantry door on Christmas mornin' (right)... 
Happy weekend, y'all!
-S

4 comments:

Melissa said...

I love that door! Very 'country living'....Great job to both of you....

Stephanie said...

Thank ya! I just love the pantry now. :)

Kathy Maiocco said...

So impressed at Christmas with the door. Great Job!!! Wonderful idea.

Stephanie said...

Thank you! I love it!!!