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Farmhouse Pantry

As we enter week 4 of not having a kitchen, we are starting to get excited about the finished space.  We can finally see the whole plan coming together and it is even better than we dreamt it would be!  Don’t get me wrong, it has not been unicorns and rainbows the whole time.  It has been extremely frustrating at times; things have come in broken, the wrong size, the wrong configuration, been delayed, etc.  It’s also not lost on me how ridiculous it sounds to complain about getting a brand new kitchen, so I’m keeping my mouth shut.  I think my new favorite room in our house is going to be the pantry/laundry room.  Right now we have been doing our laundry in the basement which is just not ideal.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m super clumsy and am so afraid of tumbling down the stairs, especially with a giant basket of clothes in hand.

old pantry

This is a before shot of the room.  We had a few thoughts about what we wanted to do here – we definitely needed more cabinet space than what was in the current kitchen.  We wanted to update the flooring, but give it a classic, more traditional feel.  We decided to paint the walls the same color as the cabinets, and to paint the ceiling and beams the same as the kitchen next door.

A during photo:

pantry during constructionJust painting the walls a lighter color made a huge difference.

Here’s the room, from the same view, after:

new pantry designWe took some time in figuring out the snowflake pattern on the floor – should it be a flower?  A big snowflake?  A small one?  We decided on the larger one because, well, Wisconsin!  Snow!  Duh.

pantry mosaic floor


mosaic tile snowflake

I decided to go with black grout for two reasons – one to make it seem as if the floor had been there forever, and two, I knew that this room would get a ton of foot traffic and it would hide the dirt well.  Based on the swearing that was coming from the room I’m pretty sure the guy who installed the tile wanted to murder me, as he wiped the floor up for the thousandth time.  The final floor is so great, I love it every single time I walk into the room.  We weren’t sure we were going to be able to add the EST. 1830 bit, and that was I wanted most in the room.  I’m so glad it worked out, it is definitely my new favorite thing in our house.

Est 1830 mosaic tile

We should start wrapping things up by the end of this weekend and then we can get everything out of the garage and back into the kitchen cabinets.  I’m over the top excited about how I’m going to organize everything in the pantry, these images were the inspiration I showed to our cabinetry people, all taken from Pinterest.

pantry 1 pantry 2 pantry 3 pantry 4

Now that we’ve been through the rough parts, we are definitely getting to the other side and working on the fun parts.

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  • Reply Cindy Koch 2015-05-07 at 2:47 am

    I’m so envious!!! It’s looking gorgeous and I absolutely love the tile floor!! Our kitchen..yes, the ENTIRE KITCHEN, is smaller than your pantry – and have I whined enough about not even HAVING a Pantry??????? Yea, some moron guy designed the kitchen, obviously not with any input from his wife!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-05-07 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks Cindy! You’ve got it rough – maybe you can get a better kitchen with the next place?

  • Reply Momma 2015-05-07 at 12:27 am

    It’s amazing, and I can’t wait to see it in person. What an improvement!!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-05-07 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks Momma! We can’t wait for that too!

  • Reply Cindy 2015-05-06 at 8:42 pm

    In one word – Awesome!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-05-06 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you Cindy, so sweet!

  • Reply Lelia Friedlander 2015-05-06 at 8:05 pm

    Love what your doing in the kitchen. The pantry space especially. I’m inspired to do something with ours!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-05-06 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks Lelia! I’m glad we can provide some kind of inspiration.

  • Reply judy judy 2015-05-06 at 6:36 pm

    I love a good pantry! It all looks great Michelle.

    • Reply Michelle 2015-05-06 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks Judy!

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