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  1. Gosh, just beautiful! I particularly love the tile you used. What a great use of this space!

    1. Thanks, Donna! Yes, I think the tile is my favorite part too. I may not use the counter marble in the kitchen because of practicality, but the backsplash for sure will be the same. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment… πŸ™‚

  2. OMG ~ I’m in love.
    It’s beautiful ~ Somehow I thought it was part of your Dining Room – Your last picture really shows how it truly looks.
    I love the molding around the door.
    But I love the entire pantry…….You have to be thrilled with the end results.
    You probably walk pass it 100x’s a day. hahahaha

    Enjoy.
    Rose

    1. Ha ha, thanks, Rose!! Yes, I actually do enjoy turning the lights on in there and walking by to stare at it… πŸ˜‰ It’s my pretty little pride and joy. So tiny but just what I was looking to achieve. This is what I would love for my kitchen to look like and hope to get it as close as possible when we do renovate it. Hopefully soon…

  3. I have serious butler pantry envy Lori, it’s just gorgeous! The chandy is over the top, I am crazy about that! Adding the additional moulding above the door is very brilliant too, it is the virtual icing on the cake! Enjoy!

    1. Aw, thanks, Jenna! This project has been a long time coming, so we are enjoying it… πŸ™‚ It’s lovely to put the lighting on and have it glimpsed as one enters the house – kind of a yellow brick road towards the wine!

  4. Amazingly beautiful job on your butler’s pantry makeover. Your selections are perfect. I WOULD NOT change the flooring. I think it would chop-up the flow. Your current floor is lovely and helps to make the pantry look as though it’s always been there, not a re-do. The continuity of the flooring just add to the beauty.

    1. Thank you so much! Just to clarify, the plan is to change the flooring for the *entire* entry, so it would flow exactly as it does now, only in a nicer material… πŸ˜‰ That’s why we haven’t done it yet. I completely agree about not chopping up the space. If it was just the tiny pantry I would have done that first, but the space it connects to is quite large (including the mudroom and powder room next to it) so it didn’t fit into the budget just yet. Hopefully soon… πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!!

  5. Looks beautiful and what a great use of space. Our butler pantry had been taken out of the house and during renovation we found the original footprint and put it back. It is so convenient when we have large gatherings to have the food in the space and out of the messy kitchen. I know you will enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

    1. Thanks, Sandy!! How wonderful that you found yours and made use of it. I know it’s just a small thing, but I’ve always wanted one and am delighted to have it now, both for storage and to function when entertaining… πŸ™‚

  6. It really is stunning and I so admire your vision for the space. Beautiful work!

    1. Thanks so much! I truly hope I can do the same for the kitchen, but that will be a much larger project and needs to wait a bit. Maybe soon… πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by!!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! What a brilliant idea to make over the closet into a butler’s pantry. Every detail is exquisite. I had to pin it to my Dream Home board.

    1. Thanks so much, Donna! Thanks for pinning, as well… πŸ™‚ I have a complete butler’s pantry board on my Pinterest page that I used for inspiration all the way through this project. Probably should add my Pinterest page into the post… lol.

  8. bobbi duncan says:

    Lory, your reno is just fabulous–I love EVERYTHING! I would have done the same thing, not having to worry about needing the closet for storage, and did do the same in our previous home where we were fortunate to have a big walk-in storage closet between the dining room and eat-in part of our kitchen, which allowed us to keep china and large kitchenware items to utilize for both rooms. It was so convenient. I have lots of kitchen cabinets and drawers in our present home, but not enough, even with giving china sets away to our children, to house all our china (mainly all the glassware that goes with them), so we store some of the least used holiday china in basement cabinets and keep most of the glassware upstairs. It’s not really difficult for hubby and I to bring things up on those rarer occasions…..nevertheless, a big butler’s pantry is included in our retirement house plan and, like you, I can’t wait to decorate it! I am really enjoying your home transformation, as I love all your design ideas Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much, Bobbi!! It’s so fun when people enjoy your progress along with you… πŸ™‚ I also used to store china on a different floor – in my case up in a finished attic. But then one day as I was bringing a set of Limoges plates down (that were passed down from hubby’s grandmother), I fell down the stairs and there went a full set of dishes! Fortunately, at least they were in a quilted container so the shards didn’t fly all over the place, yet only one plate was left unbroken. That’s the day I started buying vintage china online!! Thanks for sharing my journey… πŸ™‚

  9. Elizabeth Roderick says:

    Like all you do this is lovely and classy!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  10. Kathy Simonson says:

    Lory – I have been anxiously awaiting to see your butler pantry reveal. It is breathtaking. I am so in love with this room. The marble counter and back splash look so rich, and your beautiful keepsake chandelier tops of the space. I hope you have a space close by where you can sit and look up and enjoy your room. Thanks so much for sharing. I love your taste in dΓ©cor and style, and enjoy reading your blog and seeing all the photos you post. One of your huge fans!! Kathy

    1. Kathy, thank you so much for such a wonderful comment!! It’s a pleasure to know my posts resonate with others who enjoy the same taste. I’ll be posting a follow up post soon (probably tomorrow) of the room with all the accessories added in, so stay tuned for that. Thanks so much for reading… πŸ™‚

  11. This is a wonderful transformation. I have a closet under our stairs that’s in our dining room. I’ve often wondered if I could turn it into something far more useful and pretty. The white marble counter with your tile and cabinet pulls and light fixture is wonderful. I’ve just recently found your blog and enjoy everything about it!!

    1. Thank you, Pam!! I’m delighted you found me and are enjoying… πŸ™‚ I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to leave a comment. And, yes, I’m certain you can do something with your under-stairs closet. I’ve seen serving bars or that sort of thing done with that type of space, which would essentially be the same thing as the pantry only without the side walls. Enjoy your next project!!

  12. Wonderful choices! The marble slab is outstanding, as is the hardware which looks so good both vertically and horizontally. You have no idea how much I would love to do this to my current laundry room which I would relocate to the garage If only I could get the husband on board I’d be in business.

    1. Ha ha, thanks, Ellen! Yes, hubby was one of the people who really wasn’t sure what or why I was planning what I had planned, but I was so driven about this one that I guess he just trusted me… πŸ˜‰ It helped that we were moving to a new home and it was in the plan (well, ok, *my* plan) from the start, so was budgeted that way. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Lory,
    What a lovely and great idea for the use of that space. It looks grand already, can’t wait to see the finished product.
    Your cabinets are gorgeous and love the hardware you chose, so elegant and perfect for what they will be housing.
    Blessings and great enjoyment to you on that wonderful Butler pantry,
    Nellie

    1. Thank you so much, Nellie! It’s a pleasure to share my visions with like minded people… πŸ™‚ I was lucky to work with a wonderful cabinetmaker on this project, so that helped. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. It’s gorgeous!! I’m so jealous. I love the gold in the tiles and the hardware. Can’t wait to see it “decked out”.

    1. Thanks so much, Sharleen! I got a little behind in answering my comments, so hopefully you’ve seen the follow up post by now… πŸ˜‰ Now I can’t wait to move into the kitchen!! (But it will have to wait a bit…)

  15. What a fabulous make over! Wow, and to think it use to be a closet. I love the tea cups on your chandelier. It all came together just beautiful for you. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks, Jeanie!! Yes, I was so thrilled when I realized the potential for this closet. And it was small enough to make it attainable… πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting!

  16. What a breathtaking space you’ve created! It’s absolutely gorgeous! You have done an amazing job!
    I hope you have a great weekend! If you feel like linking up to one more party, Making Broken Beautiful runs every Thursday thru Sunday πŸ™‚ I would be happy to have you come and inspire!
    Smiles!
    Terry

    1. Thanks so much, Terry! Sorry, I got so behind on my comments this week that it’s a bit late, but will try to pop over to the party anyway… πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!

  17. I would not think to do something like that in a million year but I LOVE it. I’m going to have a look at all our cupboards now – see if I can see any potential that I couldn’t see before!

    1. Thanks, Julie!! I guess because it’s something I always wanted, I was just looking for the right spot to do it. The it was just a matter of making it happen… πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!!

  18. Oh Wow, once we had a Butler’s pantry in a 1905 lumber baron house that had been made into the downstairs bathroom. I so craved to put it back to the original…but it wasn’t to be. This is gorgeous—and so practical…I’m sure you will use it..and the fixture is gorgeous—love the whimsy of it. Fun post, can’t wait to see the rest.
    Sandi

  19. Really really beautiful! Glad you went with your dream and stuck with the marble! That chandelier is so much fun too with the teacups! Enjoy your new butlers pantry!

    1. Thank you, Angelina!! Yes, if there’s one thing I’ve learned by now it’s to follow my heart… πŸ˜‰ Works every time!! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  20. What a great way to use the space!! I won’t forget the first time I discovered the reality of a butler pantry when “old house” shopping in my 20’s. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much! I think my love for butler’s pantries comes from the same basic place. When we were looking for the home we brought our kids up in, the neighborhood was an older established neighborhood with elegant old world homes. I fell in love with that sort of home and really enjoy these kinds of nooks and crannies. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  21. Stunningly beautiful! What a great plan and execution! It’s beautiful.
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

  22. I am in awe. It is beautiful. Unfortuneatly I have no closet to reform. I will have to remember yours.

  23. love, Love, LOVE your new butler’s pantry. fabulous vision & execution. i hope to some day have a butler’s pantry as well. you’re keeping me inspired. can’t wait ot see it all dressed up w/ your pretties. xo- maryjo
    https://masterpiecesofmylife.com

  24. Oh, this was fantastic all by its renovation period! But, then you had me with the teacups in the chandy! Absolute brilliance! I so love this! Featuring today at Home Sweet Home!

  25. That is so gorgeous! I love the hardware so much. The whole thing is stunning but the hardware made my jaw drop. What a great idea! I want to redo our small linen closet in the hallway into something more functional…nothing this grand. My little linen closet is only a little wider than a paper towel roll. It’s useless. This has inspired me so much.

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy! Yes, I was pretty excited when I found that hardware… πŸ™‚ Re your linen closet, it sounds like it might be sized similar to an area I had in my master bath in my last house. We did a cabinet on top and then an open space above the counter where I kept my perfumes and then a closed cupboard below. It could actually be quite similar in materials to my butler’s pantry, but just way smaller. You can get a partial glimpse of what mine looked like in this post – the 5th photo down: https://designthusiasm.com/relaxing-master-bath-add/ The cabinets are not as nice as what I did in the pantry, but hopefully you can get a sense of it. Thanks so much for visiting!!

  26. Awesome butler’s pantry you did. Great use of this little space and your dining room is stunning too.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

  27. WOW!! I seriously can’t believe what you did with that space! Job well done – it’s like a whole extension to your kitchen!

    1. Thanks, Liz! I definitely hope to do the same backsplash in the kitchen. Unfortunately, I think the marble may not be practical there, but oh, how I would love it… πŸ™‚

  28. Stunning butler’s pantry!!! Fabulous idea. I adore the chandy. It is perfect for your room. Can’t wait to see all the dishes in the cabinets.

  29. Gorgeous, such a fabulous idea. Love the pulls and the backsplash. Be sure to show us your dishes when you have it ready.

  30. Sylvie Rozon says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! Do you mind providing the details for the backsplash. Thank you

  31. Fabulous! Wow! I am speechless. Sooooooooo nice!

  32. MikkiGirl says:

    Love, love, love this! The chandelier is beyond awsome!

  33. Just found your blog. Congrats on an amazing transformation. I’m slowly working on my 160 year old house in NC. The yellow in your hall is lovely, may I ask what color it is?

    1. Thank you so much, Caroline, and welcome!! How fun to be working on an old house… πŸ™‚ The yellow in the hall is Benjamin Moore Mushroom Cap 177. Thanks for visiting!

  34. Norma Rolader says:

    What a great idea turning a closet into a butlers pantry … Yours is absolutely beautiful

  35. Lori, this is a beautiful space. I particularly adore the chandelier ! ! I would never have thought of cups and saucers, with pearls and other lovelies. Just wonderful ! !

  36. Sarah Rideout says:

    Thank you for sharing the process of converting your closet. I have spent many drooling moments looking at it and wondering about the dimensions. I know you said it was 51 wide but how deep is it? Unfortunately I don’t have a closet to convert but if I did I’d be in heaven!

  37. This is so jaw dropping beautiful, it stopped me dead in my tracks. I cannot stop looking at it! Is your tile 3×8? The link took me to a 2×4. I have thought about going to a stoneyard to look for a 4 x 4’ remnant, you’ve inspired me to actually do it! Seriously, you win Most Stunning Makeover of the Year award.

    1. Wow, thank you so much!! My tile is 2″ x 8″. The counter is 51″ x 25 1/2″. This was one of my favorite makeovers, although we just did a little update in the kitchen that I’ll post about shortly. The great thing about the butler’s pantry is that the space is so small, that I didn’t worry about the price of the materials because the quantity was small. In the kitchen we has to be more careful… πŸ˜‰ Good luck with your project!

  38. Absolutely beautiful! I love your vision for a better way to use this space. That hardware is the icing on the cake!