Butler’s Pantry

Hey guys, I know many of you are waiting on the kitchen reveal, and I was planning to get to it today, but time got away from me. So, I hope you will settle for a peek into the butler’s pantry. I have shared before that I hate clutter, and having extra stuff on my kitchen counters makes me especially crazy, so this pantry is the best!

Grey cabinet walk in pantryIt’s still a work in progress as I really want to add wallpaper or tile in here, I just haven’t decided what exactly I’m going to do yet. I also want to take a trip to the Container Store on the other side of the state to get some more organizing stuff, but I’m off to a decent start.

Pantry filled with containers of foodIf you’ve been following along since the beginning of the building process, you will remember this space was originally supposed to be about half the size, with the other side being a coat closet in the entry. We didn’t have a coat closet in our last house, so I didn’t think we would need that space and decided to just make it all the butler’s pantry. In my head it wasn’t quite this big! When they framed it out and I could actually do snow angels in here (before they got the roof on), I thought I may have goofed a bit, but I actually love having this large space to keep everything tucked away in.

Pantry and KitchenI put all of my small appliances in here; microwave, toaster, mixer, all the big stuff that typically hogs up all the counterspace. The guys did a great job with all of these built-ins and shelves in here. I wanted a mix of pretty and practical useable space.

Pantry filled with containers of food

I chose to do a door with a window in it to let the light in from the window to the kitchen. You may remember this old door that I picked up and spent days stripping all the layers of paint off. I concentrated on keeping this back wall filled with prettier things, so that when the door is closed it still looks nice through the window.

A pantry sliding door

The wall on the right is filled with more practical storage. It’s usually a bit more packed then this, but I have been avoiding the grocery store for a solid week and a half now…

Pantry shelves

On the left is the appliance zone. We scored a major deal on this floor model wine fridge and it was great to have the extra wine storage for all the summer entertaining we did.A pantry with shelves

It’s also convenient when I’m hiding in here from the kids…I have everything I need, wine, chocolate, popcorn – the necessities.

A bunch of food on a shelf, with Pantry and Jar

My kids hang out in here plenty too. I made sure to put all the kids snacks down low so they have no excuse to be “rock climbing” up the shelves. These plastic jars from HomeGoods have been awesome for keeping our snacks organized and fresh. Getting my kids to flush the toilet, let alone put a chip clip back on a bag is a minor miracle, but for some reason they are great about snapping these shut.

A pantry with shelves

That old wood display case used to be in our master bedroom at our old house, but it made the perfect spice rack for in here. I just grabbed these little jars from amazon and labeled the bottom to keep everything neat.

A pantry filled with containers of food

Stay tuned for the kitchen and if you’ve seen any great wallpaper patterns that scream “pantry” let me know, I’m still on the hunt!

SOURCE LIST: (contains affiliate links)

Flooring – BuildDirect 

Wall Color – Extra White Sherwin Williams

Shelving/door color – Light French Grey by Sherwin Williams

Jars – HomeGoods

Spice Jars –  Charmed Cylindrical Clear Glass Spice canning Jar, Set of 24, 2.5 oz

Barn Door Hardware – U-MAX 6.6 FT Sliding Barn Wood Door Basic Sliding Track Hardware Kit (Basic “J”)

Batter Bowls – World Market

Smaller Mixing Bowl – World Market

Oil Bottles – World Market

Barn Light – Wayfair

Counter top – I can’t figure out the name of it anymore – sorry!

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  1. Would love to know square footage. It’s so hard to tell what’s too small and what’s perfect to accomplish what your going for. I think this is the perfect size girlfriend!! My husband thinks I’m insane for wanting to design out this space so detailed!

  2. Thanks for responding Kelly, I really appreciate that you take the time to answer questions especially since Im in the process of planning our home during this time and love your design ideas and decor.

    I just wanted to let you know that I have been trying to subscribe to your blog for weeks now and I never am able to get a confirmation email that starts the subscription. I’ve checked my junk mail to make sure I havent missed the confirmation email and its not there either. Just wanted to let you know in case there is a problem on your end, and ask if there is another way I can/should subscribe?

    (Should I be getting emails that inform me when questions have been answered? I know with other blogs I do get alerts to replys/questions.)

    I will check back to this thread for your response. Thanks again!

  3. I love this! What material is the counter? I can’t tell if it’s a stone, or something else (concrete)?

  4. Beautiful! I am currently in the deign process on a new build here in Michigan (Milford area). :) What are the dimensions of your new pantry? I am also looking to do a Butlers style pantry and this looks perfect.

      1. Wonderful! Thank you. I am laughing as I read your kitchen post about “open but closed” concept! I’m going through the same thing. I *don’t* want my kitchen open to my Great room but I don’t want it “closed off” either. This is a lovely plan! Thank you for sharing.

  5. So much pretty organization!! I think your pantry is bigger than the kitchen project we are starting tomorrow ?Have you been on spoonflower.com for wall paper? So many fun options and I think you can even design your own!

  6. Beautiful pantry, love it! May I ask the dimensions? Do you think you would have had space for an extra fridge?

    thanks! Looking forward to more new home reveals.

    1. Hi ingrid we did contemplate putting a separate freezer in here and a full fridge in the kitchen but decided we didn’t need that much storage, it would have fit though!

  7. On a barn door – is there a handle on the inside too? If not how do you close it from the inside when you want to hide from your kiddos? Ha ha

  8. Okay, so after the comment was made about the sticker on the light, I just had to scroll up and look….I must be blind because I didn’t even notice! Anyways, love the pantry, of course, ….I don’t have any room in my kitchen for a pantry but it has given me ideas for where I have my pantry shelves downstairs…..now,…if I could just get rid of the treadmill that nobody uses….then maybe I could put some of my ideas into action! ?

  9. Your design and choices are wonderful! How do you like your floors? (I love the look) What do you use to clean them?
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Lisa, I will say they are a bit high maintenance when it comes to spills here in the kitchen. They hide dirt and dust so well everywhere and I just vacuum them and run a very lightly damp norwex mop over them once a week. But bc of the raw looking finish if you spill liquid on them you need to wipe up quickly so it doesn’t absorb and stain. So the kitchen is really the only place we have had some minor issues with it. That said I wouldn’t change using it I absolutely love the look and get a million complements on it!

  10. I now have serious butler pantry envy! What a great way to keep the kitchen clean and uncluttered. If I had this pantry, I would call it my dish pantry, and put my many sets of dishes and serveware on those shelves so I could look at them! Enjoy!

  11. Kelly, your pantry is glorious and you will never regret allocating this much space for it. You’ve got enough room to replace that tiny foot stool with something larger – I have the Cosco Retro Counter Chair Step Stool with Slide Out Steps. Mine is red but I think it comes in white as well. It comes in handy when wee ones come to dinner, too. Plus, it would give you a more comfortable spot to hide out from your kids, lol!

    Love the fact that you designed counter space instead of just shelves. What a perfect place to prep for parties!

    If you want a bit of privacy for the pantry without blocking the light through the window of that fabulous door, you can cut out tiny little shapes or words, etc., (PANTRY maybe?) on frosted contact paper before you apply it to the window. My friend randomly cut out tiny little stars for her rental bathroom window for privacy instead of a curtain. The process was tedious (she used an Exacto knife) but the end result was gorgeous! The view was obscured but it didn’t block the light and, of course, it’s removable.

    Looking forward to your kitchen reveal. Thanks so much for always sharing your sources. :-)

  12. All I can say is WOW!! That is beautiful and awesome all in one breath. It’s my some-day room and probably every mothers dream. I could sleep in there. :-)

  13. Absolutely SWOON-WORTHY!!!! I love it!!! I need to be half as organized as you . . . then again I don’t have a butler’s pantry lol!!! Your home is fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing your butler’s pantry as we PATIENTLY (not LOL!) wait for your kitchen reveal!!! Blessings from Missouri!!!

  14. Love the butlers pantry and how you have it designed!!!! Thank you for sharing and taking time to give us tips and tricks God bless

  15. Very nice butler’s pantry! Do you make your toast and coffee in the pantry or just store the items and take them out when you need them?

    1. I just keep it all in the pantry, keeps the crumbs off my kitchen counters too! I even take my mixing bowl in there and put sugar etc in it when I’m baking.

  16. How fabulous! I envy this SO MUCH! I am beyond impressed with your choices and the planning that went into your home. Everything is beautiful! Are you going to share your closet? That is another thing on my wish list…an awesome closet!

  17. Oh my word! That is such an epic pantry! :) It is so organized and lovely. Where did you get the handle for the sliding door?


  18. Love everything you do! Great pantry…a dream design. One question, could the sticker inside the pendant peel off? It would make for a seamless finish…still amazing!

      1. How funny! I left stickers on hanging pendants one time. My mom replied, “You wouldn’t leave the house with a price tag hanging from your pants, would you?” She spots things like that and I guess it rubbed off! ?

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