Thursday, October 13, 2011

BEFORE AND AFTER: Butlers Pantry Turned Bar

I recently finished revamping a client's breakfast nook/butler's pantry. It was a great little project that added so much to the home. The result: a great bar for entertaining and a cozy light-filled breakfast nook.  Hopefully, this will give you some inspiration if you've been considering an upgrade to a space in your home.

The cabinets are original to the 1920's home. We didn't want to alter this original feature, but it needed to be more functional, so the first step was to add granite.  I literally installed the granite on top of the original wood counter. This way, none of the original millwork was disturbed.  The wood shelves were removed and replaced with glass shelving.  We even kept the original hardware. You will be amazed at how remarkable it looks after being refurbished. 



Amazing how current the circa 1920 hardware looks after the paint is removed.  A coat of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint was added for a smooth finish. 

It was wonderful to have such great architectural bones for a starting point.  Aside from the rug, I used the client's existing furniture and accessories in the home to finish the space.  This project was quick, simple and within a reasonable budget, all important elements. 

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