The Butler’s Pantry Project

The bathroom is done and now it is time to move next door to the Butler’s Pantry.  Before we begin, I always like to look back to where we were.

The sink and the cabinets in this room are very old.  But I am not sure they are original.  If anyone else out there as thoughts about the circa of them I’d love to know.  I figured the sink was not original, but during the project we found evidence that would suggest that the cabinets were not original.  My knowledge of 1890s kitchens is limited, but I wonder if this room was originally more of a pantry with open shelves and/or a dry sink.

Her are a couple pictures of the butler’s pantry circa 1990s, I believe.  The walls and cabinets are all painted a light periwinkle.  It looks like the counter top is covered with faux-wood contact paper.  It appears the room was being used as a baking center/ office.butler's pantrybutler's pantry2The next pictures are from when we bought the house.  Walls were an aqua color, the cabinets and hardware painted white, as well as the top of the cabinet.  Another change is that there is a toilet in the corner.  This was added about 15 years ago by previous owners.  It wasn’t a bad idea- creating a 2nd floor bathroom.  But when we moved the laundry upstairs, we created a space for a powder room, thus freeing up the butler’s pantry to be toilet free.  Another feature to point out are the tired old linoleum floors.  Probably circa 1990s.  Also notice that the original points on top of the doorway trim is in place.

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This room was not as attractive, or as useful as it could be or should be… but we had plans to change all that.

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One thought on “The Butler’s Pantry Project

  1. Seth Hoffman says:

    When we were house shopping, we looked at one that had a toilet added in the backdoor mudroom off the kitchen. It was a small room, and the addition of the toilet prevented the door to the kitchen from opening, so they removed it and replaced it with a bead curtain! Right off the kitchen!

    Another house had a toilet added in space under the stairs. It also faced the kitchen, but due to the angled ceiling, didn’t have space for a standard door. Instead of building or modifying a door for the trapezoidal opening, they just installed two small swinging old-west style saloon doors. It was far less private than even a public bathroom stall. You could literally see the stove while sitting on the toilet. The best part, is that this was a flip house, and that was a new remodel job!

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