Transforming a useless Wet Bar into a fabulous Butler’s Pantry
We’ve lived in this house for eight years. It was only two years old when we bought it and, in January, there were only two rooms we had not touched. One was this wet bar, between our kitchen and dining room. When we first looked at the house, I thought it was so cool. I thought we’d actually entertain and use it and I loved that it had running water. I think my husband disconnected the water the first or second year because we never used it. Sure, we stored liquor in the cabinets and junk in the drawers and glasses in the cupboard and wine rack. The problem was that it became our junk space. Anything and everything got tossed into it and it was always a mess.
So I started thinking about how we could transform it and make it not only functional, but beautiful. I’ve grown to love the comfortable look of modern cottage style and I’m a firm believer that moldings and architectural features not only make a house a home, but add much to the resale value too. I also knew that we had too much stuff in our kitchen cabinets…so much so that some of it was stored in the basement. I wanted easy access to my baking pans, without having to pull out all of them, sort through them and try to re-balance them in an awkward lower cabinet. I began thinking about the finishes I wanted and the smartest ways to utilize the space and Ed got out his power tools and curse words. Both are necessary for any project in our house.
Forgive the before photo…seriously, there is no window near here and Ed and I are HORRIBLE at taking the befores! This was after he removed the wall cabinet and wine rack (of course!).
|He removed the moldings…|
|then built the frame and added drywall.|
|Here you can see the box around the plumbing and how we made sure the baskets fit properly.|
|Deciding how to build the pan rack I want, while still reusing the wine rack and having additional storage for glasses.|
|Sophie, the dog, thinks he’s cooking something.|
|A level is crucial!|
|Yes, there was blood. There is always blood. Be prepared!|
The next few days were filled with finishing off the shelving, painting the pretty corabels and deciding where they would look best. Ed installed an egg-dart type of molding to the edges of the shelves, installed trim, and spent lots of time caulking and painting.
|I love the trim work.|
|A wide angled lens helps capture the details.|
|I love my cake pan cubbies!|
|A seriously fantastic transformation! I have a clean and organized space to store just about everything that overflowed in my kitchen cabinets and it actually stays neat. I love the way it looks, which makes utilizing it such a pleasure.|