Pantry Project

  I don't know whether you'll be disappointed or excited, welcoming the change from my last two posts, but today I just want to share a project with yall. I love sharing topics of the heart as I feel they can really help and inspire people, but I also love to keep things light and simple and share projects or things totally outside of that. Just like the project you'll be reading about below.

I'd been trying to come up with a solution to my lack of cabinet space for quite some time. I'd thought about having someone custom make a pantry attached to my cabinets, but where?? I lack any room for that in our galley kitchen. But I did have room for a cabinet or armoire of some sort in one little corner of my formal living area right off the dining room which connects to my kitchen. My computer sat there at a desk in that particular corner, but I knew that there are bedrooms I could easily move it to. So began the hunt.

 Before, very orangey colored stain

Before, very orangey colored stain

A few months back I went to an estate sale in Carrollton, just 40 miles outside of Tuscaloosa. I'd seen through the announcement on Facebook that there was an armoire there and it'd be worth checking out. So I headed that way and scored it for just $40!! Total steal for a solid oak (and I do mean solid/HEAVY) armoire. It was in great condition but it was stained very orangey and needed some hardware. 

 Adding finishing touches over the scarred areas from moving it and stacking it together.             Shirt: Target  /  Shorts: J. Crew  /  Shoes: Target

Adding finishing touches over the scarred areas from moving it and stacking it together.             Shirt: Target  /  Shorts: J. Crew  /  Shoes: Target

Just last week I finally got the motivation to prime and paint the HUGE, and did I mention heavy??? Very heavy thing!!! I used some primer I had on hand and Benjamin Moore paint in the color "Swiss Coffee" in an eggshell finish. I did not distress it as I wanted a very clean and elegant look for this particular piece of furniture. While I love distressed and rustic things, I truly like a mix and sometimes distressing everything can be a bit too much for me. I have an eclectic style where I love to mix old and new. It keeps things interesting and from being to kitschy or "themey." 

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To keep the armoire sleek and modern, I bought these beautiful acrylic and brass pulls from Hobby Lobby. I felt these along with using white paint kept it fresh and put a great spin on it's French-country vibe. 

 Can you believe these are the cabinets after I moved some items into the armoire?? 

Can you believe these are the cabinets after I moved some items into the armoire?? 

 Still stuffed, but much more organized!!

Still stuffed, but much more organized!!

 This is when the computer was in the corner that the armoire is now in.

This is when the computer was in the corner that the armoire is now in.

I moved my computer to an empty bedroom/collect all/junk room we have had since I'd sold the antique bed that was in there before. Honestly, at this point in our lives, we only need one other bedroom for guests, so this was a great solution to make this room into a nice office (which I'll share on another post soon) and clear out all the stuff that clearly needs to be put in a future yard sale. It will be especially useful now that I've started this blog. 

 The armoire now holds all of our canned goods and boxed items, and hides our little oven. I have so much more cabinet space and can sort through things easily. Putting up groceries is no longer a pain, or as much of one anyway, haha!

The armoire now holds all of our canned goods and boxed items, and hides our little oven. I have so much more cabinet space and can sort through things easily. Putting up groceries is no longer a pain, or as much of one anyway, haha!

Never underestimate the power of paint and some new hardware!! It can totally change the look of anything and freshen it up.