Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Butler's Pantry

I love the kitchen in my new home.  It has a good amount of counter space.  I love the galley style.  However, there was just not enough cabinet space to house all of my cooking paraphernalia.

I love to cook.  That is one of the reason I started my cooking blog, From Harvest To Table, last fall.  Speaking of my cooking blog.  I finally am able to start cooking blog worthy meals so I will be posting there once or twice a week.

Anyway, I have huge dutch ovens, crock pot, food processors, blender, panini  presses, paella pan, extra coffee pot etc. that just didn't fit in my kitchen cupboards. 

The solution?  My version of a butler's pantry, French Country Style.

It is a very old French wardrobe....a real one.  It sits in a little nook between the kitchen and dining room.  In the picture above I am standing in my kitchen and in the picture below, I am standing in my dining room.


It is HUGE!!!  We have 9 foot ceilings, so you can see how tall it is.  It measures 4 feet wide by 7 1/2 feet tall.  In the picture below, I am standing in my hallway in the front of my foyer.


It has 5 shelves and a huge drawer on the bottom.  


It is a burled birch.  It has wonderful details, like the handle and keyhole (the key was missing, but I had some skeleton keys and this one works). The doors have an amazing arch and scroll to them.


The hand carving at the top is beautiful.


I found it a an antique mall in Asheville, called Tobacco Barn Antiques.  I wish I could get better pictures of it.  Because it sits in a nook, the lighting is not the best for picture taking.  It is really a beautiful piece.  

39 comments:

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
Absolutely perfect!Such a beautiful wardrobe and what a wonderful way to re-purpose it. Well Done! I love it.
So so pretty.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Vee said...

Oh it is wonderful...and as much as you love painting furniture, I know that you appreciate this beautiful wood. It sure is pulling its weight with all those shelves and a drawer, too. What a perfect location for it, too. That wall was made for it.

The Comfort of a Safe Place said...

What a wonderful way to put all those kitchen devices away - into a French Wardrobe - Butler's Pantry. It's gorgeous!!

Jan ♥

NanaNor's said...

Hi Penny, Oh I think I've fallen in love with your wardrobe. It is so beautiful and the wood is incredible! Great place to store all your cooking devices. I would love this piece in my home.
Hugs, Noreen

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Penny. What an awesome way to have more storage. Great piece.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great idea Penny. Wish I had one...
Sam

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I love how useful this piece is for whatever you choose to use it for. Just a perfect piece.

Lorrie said...

That wardrobe is such a beautiful piece, and I love the way you've repurposed it. Will you show us the inside sometime?

Eileen said...

What a gorgeous piece! It really is beautiful. And what a wonderful idea. I suffer from the same problem in my kitchen ~ thank you for some new inspiration!

Kathleen Grace said...

Wow, I love it and what a great idea, I can't believe how much it holds! It's a beautiful piece and it seems to fit that little nook perfectly:>)

Marissa said...

Oh, I love your Armoire! I had one similar to your and I had to let it go!! When I moved into this house It wouldn't make it through the front door not even the windows I cried...I think it looks perfect there!!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Penny this is incredible...what a great idea. The storage is smart and efficient, pretty too!

dgmills said...

Gorgeous piece of furniture and it makes for a very spacious "butler's pantry."

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great piece, Penny! How lucky that you had something like this to hold all your pieces. It works perfectly for this purpose.

see you there! said...

What a clever solution to a kitchen storage problem. We have a small walk in pantry that is in need of reorganization now that I think about it.

Darla

Sherri said...

Penny, what a perfect solution for all your cooking/baking items! Those old wardrobes are the greatest for things like this!!

Canadian Chickadee said...

What a fun solution to the storage problem. Well done, Penny! :o) xoxox

Chris Stovell said...

We've got the same problem here, and I think you've just offered the perfect solution! Those wardrobes will be hard to find soon!

Beverly said...

You have the perfect butler's pantry. It is a working beauty, Penny.

Pondside said...

You've found the perfect solution, and one I'll file away in my mental idea file for the time when we might live in a smaller space.

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Wonderful idea! I love it!!

Pat said...

Perfect and gorgeous solution, Penny! What was the space between dining room and kitchen used for before? Just nosy and I love the little house story details, too.:-)

Elizabeth said...

I love it !

Kelly said...

Love your new cabinet! That is huge. It's the perfect thing to store all of your kitchen equipment. You're lucky you have the perfect spot for it too.

Tina said...

Oh How I miss the Tobacco Barn, when my parents live up there I used to go in there. They always had such great antiques.
That piece is lovely and what a great way to use it!

Adrienne said...

What a gorgeous piece! I love the space you've put it in and it's perfect as a butler's pantry. Your home is lovely - as always.
~Adrienne~

Mimi Sue said...

Gorgeous Cabinet! Great idea to use it for kitchen storage. Mimi

Penny said...

Just got back to Florida last night. Catching up here. I love the butler's pantry. Room for all of your big stuff. While in Cary I went to Mary's fav; Suzanna's Antiques. Found lots of cooking props. See you soon.
Hugs, Penny

Kate J said...

Gorgeous wardrobe. All it needs is a couple of bay leaf wreaths hanging from wide ribbon on each door... and a path to Narnia inside!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

What a gorgeous piece to see upon entering your home! The kitchen is wonderful too, and your lounge is so cozy and elegant! You just have to know how much I love that table, being a seamstress for most of my life. That's it, I'm coming over!! Have a wonderful weekend and cook something good that we can copy :)
xo, Andrea

Jeanne said...

Hi Penny, Your pantry idea is brilliant. I adore the piece of furniture. It IS beautiful and perfect for a pantry.

I still haven't hung my botanical prints. We have been so busy. what's new. HA! I will share them as soon as I can get them hung. Knowing how exacting and hard it will be is daunting.

Have a great weekend.
Love, Jeanne

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow, Penny, this is a gorgeous piece and it holds so much..it is perfect!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What gorgeous place to store your cooking stuff! Great idea!

Naturegirl said...

Penny a treasure for sure! What I could do with that! Wow..the possibilities! Great find..A cooking blog!! You are so dedicated!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a GORGEOUS piece Penny!!

karen lesley said...

I love that you showed the view from the kitchen and then the view from the dining room, it made me chuckle for some reason., the way you worded it. I just had visions of you hopping from one room to another. :) It seems the perfect place to me, to be admired, as it is a lovely piece of furniture as well as great storage. Looking forward to reading more posts...and thanks for sayin hi! Karen x

Debbiedoo's said...

What a gorgeous piece and fabulous idea Penny.

Pamela said...

Love your new armoire Penny! It is just beautiful and such a fabulous piece to have in your kitchen.

Sue said...

I love this idea for a pantry....everything is so easy to get to....greta idea!!