The Butler’s Pantry: Adding Color

When I checked my stats today, I noticed some unusual activity… instead of my usual 5-10 views/day, I was having 200-400 views!  A quick look at my referrers showed me that Country Living was somehow involved, and then I saw that I had been included in this article!

I am very honored to be included with the 7 other amazing blogs.  To think that the Chateau de Gudanes and my little Queen Anne Cottage are included in any sort of list together is pretty hilarious!

If you are new to My Queen Anne, welcome!  I hope you enjoy learning about what we have done, are doing, and will do to beautify our little corner of the world.


Now, where were we.  The butler’s pantry.  Paint.


When it came time to paint the butler’s pantry, my 6 year old said, “I’d be happy to help you paint, mom!  Because, you know, the more the merrier!”  Ummm… I’m not sure that saying pertains to painting your butler’s pantry with your kiddo…



We continued the colors from our kitchen into the Butler’s Pantry.  On the walls:  Frostwork, from Sherwin William’s Historical Collection.  Woodwork:  Spotswood Teal, from Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg collection.


The view from my stove when everything was cleaned up.  Oh, how I love this little room.  Also, I was shocked at how nice my old basic gas stove looks!  Almost makes me think twice about wanting to upgrade… almost.


As you can see from the daffodils, this picture was taken in the Spring… months ago!  We have not been able to finish this room yet- when the weather warmed up, our projects called us outside. 

Since April, we have added two, TWO more historic houses to our lives, in addition to the one we already have, and of course our careers and 3 kids.  Life has been busy, to say the least and we have had to learn how to balance it all.  An important lesson to learn in all that is that these old houses have waited over a century for us.  Their decline has been slow.  They will wait a little longer.  Our kids, on the other hand, need us every day.  The way they change is fast and unrelenting.  As much as possible, we choose them over the old houses that we love so well.  And so, the butler’s pantry can wait for its quarter round and new electrical outlets.  It’s summer vacation- and I have three amazing kids to play with!

The floors

IMG_0866This picture shows what we were dealing with when it came time to finish the floors in the butler’s pantry.  The boards in the bottom half of the photo are in the adjacent powder room.  The narrower planks are what we found in the butler’s pantry.  Curious that they were laid at the same time, in close proximately to each other, and yet a different size plank was used. I assume that the powder room, having more casual wide planks, had a more lowly purpose than the pantry?  At the very top of the photo you can see the linoleum and subfloor that had been in place, probably since the 1990s.

When we were removing part of the cabinets to modify it for a desk (more to come on that), we found 2 layers of very old linoleum!!!  What a fun discovery.  This was not only exciting because we got to see they decorating materials from decades past, but it gave us evidence that the built in cabinet was not original.  For this floor was found completely encased in the cabinet- there would be no reason to lay floor here- in fact it would have been impossible.

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Once the planks were sanded, we were very pleased with how they looked.

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The finished result after 2 coats of satin polyurethane: