The transformation of an unused space to walk-in Pantry in a modern Farmhouse style.

One of the seredipitous occurances during our house design process was ending up with a walk-in pantry aka a Butler’s Pantry. Originally the space was going to be opened up making the TV nook into a full-size family room.





We could not extend beyond the existing footprint of the house or else we would end up in permit HELL, so I decided to re-purpose some unused space – a huge wet bar in the center of the house (a common design element here in Marin County in home’s built in the 50’s). It’s gone and in its place are two spaces that we didn’t have before and are thrilled to have now – a pantry and a powder room. Voila!


Deciding what kind of door or whether to have a door at all took some time. At one point I considered painted double doors, as well as a sliding barn door but decided against both because I thought they would be hard to open if hands are full of groceries, platters, etc.

My grandparents had a swinging door that separated their kitchen and dining room in their home and I remembered how easy it was to push it open with an armload. My contractors located the hardware and then came what it should look like. I went with stained Alder because it was less pricey than Walnut and a farmhouse-style plank + X.


 Open shelving is really important in a pantry, so everything is easily accessible.


 When I had a party a few weeks ago, I set up a cocktail bar in the pantry. I decided to leave the cocktail ingredients out, because I love the festive look, especially with the holiday season here. For last minute get-togethers, all I need to do is put out a bowl of lemon and lime wedges and a bucket of ice. All the ingredients are here for guests to help themselves.


 Every time I have a party that has more guests than the previous, I buy more stemless wine glasses to match the new total. I get my glasses here.



The countertop is Calacutta marble and is the remnant from the kitchen. Double serendipity!


 The tall cabinet is for mops, brooms and cleaning supplies.



 I found this ceiling mount Industrial Light Fixture here.


Small spaces are so intriguing aren't they? Here are a few pantry's that I adore.

Pewter butlers pantry -evadesigns

It looks like the cabinetry above is stained a bluish gray. The collection of pewter is a stunning combination.


I love this pantry because it looks like one could create something like this themselves using shelving from Ikea or The Container Store. The adjustible shelves are really handy for pantry's.


Ahhh. I just love this sweet space. What a treat to have a nice bright window!


I love pantry spaces so much, I created a Pinterest board! Click here to see them.

The title of this post refers to my Powder Room – I know! I ran out of time! I'm headed to NYC to spend Thanksgiving with Luke, to be inspired and to come back with a fresh, new perspective. I will show the Powder Room photos in the next post!

In the meantime, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and THANK YOU for reading FarmHouseUrban for almost 4 years!



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