Pantry Reno

I love sightseeing model homes and getting ideas. During last year’s AIA home tour I toured an absolutely stunning home that had nearly every thing I loved and wanted – from the layout and floor plan to the colors and decor.

One of my favorite areas was their wine cellar! Oh my! I Loved it. It had all glass walls with Mexican pebbles bordering the floors and the lighting was incredible. I wish I had a wine cellar!

When/if I build my next house it definitely will have to have a wine cellar. In the meantime, I came back to my little abode and I began to brainstorm on which area of my house that I can transform into a room that gives this type of appeal.

Hmmm., how about my pantry room?

My pantry was a narrow closet with cream walls and cream shelves. It was plain and bland. It had a solid door and the lighting inside the pantry was grim and dim. The pantry sits in between my dining room and kitchen so you have to pass the pantry before you get either area.

I decided to get creative. How can I upgrade this room and make a pantry room pop?! Here’s my work…

Before

I wanted to create a creative accent wall using wall trim. So I tore out those shelves! Thanks to Pinterest I came across this cool design that I replicated.

To utilize the space and make the room more of a walk in I installed new shelves.

Another element I switched up was the lighting. Lighting is everything! I brightened the area up with some shelf lighting.

I created a wine wall with these vintage wine racks and I installed a gold wine bottle holder to add a touch of decoration.

For this type of pantry room I felt it had to be seen; so I switched out the solid entry door and put a glass door instead.

Now that my pantry room is complete I’ve had so many of my house guests who are intrigued by what’s behind the glass door! I have honestly received lots of feedback that they thought this room was a wine cellar at first glance!

“Ha” I think, “Mission accomplished!”

DIY Antique Barn Doors

DIY Antique Barn Doors

Hello!

So I wanted to share my DIY venture in creating and (basically) building two antique barn doors. In my last post I stated that my husband and I bought an older home (built in the 50’s) and although it was renovated/updated by this house flipping company it still needed our personal touch!

Originally there were outdoor patio sliding doors that separated the living room from another room/den (which I eventually turned into a man cave 🙂 ). The sliding doors looked so outdoor’ish! I hated it. So on my little Pinterest quest I saw these amazing Vintage Barn doors and I wanted them badly. I searched online, for like 2 weeks, to find out where I can purchase these doors! Well needless to say I finally got ahold of the Company who posted the picture. It was the hardware company who sold barn door tracks. They told me that the vintage barn doors were actually old Church doors that the owners had found laying on the side of the road!!

Say what?! No way!

What do I do? Spend the next couple of weeks driving around hoping to come across the same. Well., I was not successful. Then one day (four months later) after staring disappointedly at the picture of the barn doors on Pinterest a thought came into my head. “I bet I can re create a similar look!”

And… I did all by myself.

I bought:

– Two “82 x 46” birch slab doors from Home Depot

– Trim moulding

– Two 8′ stainless steel barn door track from Amazon

– Two stainless steel sliding door handles

– White chalk paint from Lowes

– Amy Howard “Luxe Grey” paint

– Amy Howard cracked patina

– Amy Howard Antiquing wax

Man cave side

– Minwax wood stain in gray from Lowes

Interested to find out more about this DIY project? Feel free to email me.

The Pinterest post

My version:

Man cave side