Creating a Butler's Pantry

I really want a Butler's Pantry (and Butler too!) Currently, we have a pantry behind 2 doors in a hallway between the dining room and the kitchen. And, you do not want to see the mess behind the 2 doors. I have always felt that we keep things more organized if they are out in the open. Mr. Hughes is certain that he can rip out the pantry wire shelves and give me the Butler's Pantry that I want. The plan is to remove the doors and have open shelving above a mini counter. Below that mini counter will be more shelves, behind a curtain. This project is most likely a long way from getting started, I just can't resist thinking of the next way to give this cookie cutter house some character. So here are a few photos that are giving me inspiration:
House Beautiful
Love this one.... not the most practical in terms of storage, but look at all those Dundee jars!
Country Living
I love the look of this one. I may use chalkboard paint as a backdrop or blow up a couple of recipes in my grandmother's handwriting.
Country Living
I love the baskets in this one. I want to get some to store some of the unpretty packaging.
I forgot where I found this! Claim if it is yours!
I want a curtain with inverted pleats like this or hang my vintage grain sacks with the little pinch clips. I will put the larger items and canned goods behind the curtain. I don't think I would like the look of everything out in the open.
Country Living
This is close to how I think the finished project will look. We plan on having the shelves open and supported on corbels/brackets and not boxed in.
So, what do you think? Do you have open storage? Do you love it and does it help keep you organized?


  1. If Mr. Hughes is willing..I would get going on that! It's a great idea and will really change the feel in the kitchen. The glass doors are BEAUTIFUL.

  2. can't wait to see what you come up with....I love the ideas! I have a cupboard in my hallways off the kitchen going down to the bathroom. Not sure it will look okay to do that so I am going to wait and see what you do. It has 2 doors on the top followed by drawers below it. The shelves inside the doors are really deep like 30" or in some areas. It is a closet that hangs over the stairway to the basement if that makes sense to you. Sorry it's the best way to explain it.

  3. Oh my word!!! I LOVE this idea, Michelle! Absolutely LOVE it! I think it is a FANTASTIC idea...

    And, can I tell you how thankful I am to have found someone with a new house (like me) wanting to add character (like me)?!?! ;)


    By the way--this is Kristin from! :)


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