Thursday, October 29, 2009

transforming our vintage pantry shelves

On a girls-only trip with my friend Ruth, we stopped at Baja Ranch, a quaint antique store in Clements, CA. After looking & enjoying the eye-candy inside,I asked the owner if he just happened to have any old shelving? I said I wanted something that looked like it was from an old mercantile store. He told me there was some really rough old hardware store cabinets outside under a tarp, would I like to see them? Would I?! Heck yeah!
Under a tarp soaked with dirt & rainwater were two really filthy, grimy, old shelves. But they had potential, I just knew it! So, I bought 'em for a song, loaded them in the truck & called Hubs on the way home. I told him, I had either had just bought the beginnings of our new walk-in pantry
OR or some funky old shelves to add to his garage... his decision.
Arriving home, Hubs unloaded the two units & walked around them with a big smile on his face. Yep, I had scored! They would be pantry shelves.
We scrubbed the shelves many times with orange oil soap & under all that grime were very wonderful old wood shelves with great patina. Hubs built the tall open shelves to fit on top of each unit then he painted them with Ralph Lauren's, Tent Green paint, a spot-on match to the original old paint finish. We painted, shabbied and then oiled them.
We built a butlers pantry off our kitchen just to fit them...we just love them!

We are linking with Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage.
Be sure & stop by to see all the other transformations!


Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Hi Deborah -- Thanks for your nice comment on our blog. Come and see me again. LOVE the shelves. What a great find. And what a great husband -- to also see their potential AND to help clean them. (: xo

Teresa said...

Love it! I miss places like that- seems I can't find a good deal anymore.
Your pantry is Sweet!

Brenda said...

This looks great! To be able to keep it so organized would be a chore for me though. I can organize everything to look great then I live with it and everything seems to move itself! lol. I'm glad you hubby is ok with helping. Mine helps but will moan sometimes when he sees the things I bring home. My little twicking is always made into more of a chore for him because he is such a perfectionist.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

These are absolutely amazing! How brilliant of you to ask about whether they had shelving. Seriously! I love what you've done with them!!


Cheryl said...

OOOh, I love your pantry area. everything looks great. Someday I would love to be able to have an old farmhouse type kitchen with a pantry like this.
Enjoy it!

Mama Kat said...

Now THAT'S an amazing pantry! Mine is just a little old small in comparison!!

Paula said...

Your shelves look great. I love how you use baskets and tins to organize.

Anonymous said...

.., the use of food pantry have been very helpful in the kitchen... this is indeed a good way to organized your stuff...
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