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!
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