Monday, July 13, 2009

Finished Project

Cesar finished up the kitchen pantry for me this weekend. Yeah! I wish I could roll back the clock and take a true "before" photo but... that's not happening. These first two photos still show the room in its rough form, just not as rough as it had been. The ceiling used to be open to the elements, and critters, along the eves, there had been a strange board attached to the wall, a jimmyed electrical light and a long before our ownership oddly sealed entrance to the house over on the left (remember my post about our house having eight doors leading to the outside?). It was a strange little room beside our front door which we've never made any sense of. I wondered for a long time if we should change the front door one way or another to incorporate the room into the entrance of the house and gain a much needed coat closet and mud room. Cesar wasn't keen on the idea. So, in the end, a pantry made the most sense. The room is still missing a proper floor but that will not be changed until we redo the entry and the short hall leading to the kitchen which flows into the pantry. It will all blend together. Patience my friends. If I have had patience this long, so can you!


We painted the walls in a Martha color called Otter and I chose some fabric from Joann's for the back wall. We weren't sure how to stick the fabric to the wall. Cesar wanted me to search the internet for flour paste ideas, I thought maybe Mod Podge would work but didn't have any. In the end, I suggested some good ole Elmer's glue. The husband picked up 4 bottles of the stuff and it worked like a charm! We simply dumped it into a sacrificed tupperware container and used a paint brush which had seen better days. Cesar did the majority of the fabric hanging and he did it beautifully. Where was Hugo during this time you might possibly be wondering?? Little Hugo was glued to the television watching Season 1 of Batman and eating animal crackers straight out of their storage container on the couch. He barely moved. He's a total superhero junkie. Cesar is proud that the kid already appreciates the "good stuff"! We picked up the shelving unit and deep freeze at Lowe's on sale. I can hardly believe that we finally own a second freezer. I will no longer have to beg off freezer space from my girlfriend Shara for our Thanksgiving turkey. Hip hip hooray for a pantry! Now on the list of scores for the pantry are a flour mill, a Kitchen Aid mixer and a dehydrator. Remember earlier when I mentioned the word patience...

5 comments:

Lora said...

lovely, lovely pantry with cool old door! we were SO proud of our deep freeze purchase last year. it felt so adult. finished home improvement projects are tremendously gratifying...especially ones like this that you will use daily!

rubytubes said...

it looks really great! GOOD JOB CESAR!!! i also really like the big photos, they fit your blog nicely!

Murdoch said...

So glad you posted pictures! I love it.

Megan

KristyKay said...

The whole area is wonderful. Good use of a strange space. Kudos to Cesar for working in a small area!

Maggie May said...

Looks good, you two. Awesome fabric wall idea--fabric on the walls is so chic. Wish I could do that here. I'm getting a dehydrator too, and a Vitamix, but, it's gonna be a long while because I'm super broke. Yikes. It's expensive to move, buy house stuff, improve, decorate. I wanna go hog wild at Whole Foods & World Market! :)