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Monday, January 3, 2011

DIY Butler's Pantry

Ever since my friend Eddie blogged about his FABULOUS butler's pantry in his New York farmhouse, I knew I wanted one of my own.  Granted, not many of us have butlers these days (although I would venture to say that an actual butler probably is employed in this Miles Redd butler's pantry).  But a butler's pantry is the perfect centralized location for storing those serving pieces, flower vases, Christmas china, and other items that you don't regularly use.  The buffet and china cabinet in my dining room were stuffed to the gills with pieces I rarely used, so a butler's pantry would be the perfect solution!

While there isn't a natural place for a butler's pantry near my kitchen and dining room, our house has a walk-up attic with lots of free space.  My husband generously agreed to help me with this project.  Step number one was to screw a big piece of plywood to one of the empty attic walls. 

I had a fabric remnant left over from a project I did for a friend, so I decided to use it to cover the plywood.  The turquoise and white floral print would be cheery and bright for my otherwise not-so-bright attic. 

I used a staple gun to cover the plywood in fabric.

My husband (dressed in his warmest duck hunting outfit because the attic was so cold that day) installed all the L-brackets and plywood shelves.  He had them cut to size at Lowe's and just screwed them in to the brackets.  It really was so easy (or so it looked to me).  I painted the shelves white with some leftover trim paint.

I added a little tole chandelier for some extra light.

And then the fun part- loading up the shelves!

The shelves really aren't "styled" for these pictures.  I could have made them much prettier if I had taken some of my other dinnerware, trays, crystal, etc up to the attic.  But that's a lot of stairs to climb, so I just pictured them with the actual pieces that will stay up in the attic!

Now I have a great place for my Christmas china, all those vases that seem to accumulate under the kitchen sink, and for all those silver serving pieces that had previously taken up so much storage space in my dining room.

The next time I am entertaining or arranging flowers, I can just run upstairs, and all of my vases and serving pieces will be in one centralized location, instead of hiding pieces here and there in random cabinets.

Do you have a butler's pantry?  Did you tackle any DIY projects over the holidays?  Tell us about them!


A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Great job!! When we were looking at houses to buy I saw a butler pantry that I we have one drawn into the preliminary plans for the house we are going to build! Take care, Caroline

tarheel said...

That looks great! I have been trying to get my husband to do the same thing, also based on Eddie's pantry, but in a closet in our house. We're going to do it. I think you had that light fixture for sale at MoS one time- it looks fab.

Julie said...

Great idea! I spend half my time trying to find where I stashed my things, so one central location is so nice.

CLTGirl said...

I love how you added a pop of color to an otherwise drag and dark part of the house, not to mention the practicality of the whole project! What a great way to use otherwise wasted space!

Danielle said...

Brilliant...wish I had an attic to make use of, but my attic is my bedroom. Hope you ladies had a lovely Christmas and I wish you and your families a wonderful New Year! xxDanielle

Anonymous said...

Such a great idea! And you know I love the fabric!! (: Lou

Ms. Bright said...

Our unused walk-up attic has been waiting for this! Perfect!

Julie said...

I just read your post about your Butler's Pantry. What a great idea. I especially love the fabric you used as a backdrop.

My husband and I recently turned a gun rack (not a joke) into our butler's pantry/wine rack. I just love how the little nook turned out! Everyone should have a good butler's pantry in their house!

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