Sunday, September 04, 2011

The Follow Through


I don't think I ever showed ya'll the completely finished pantry!  This is pretty much it completed.  I do have a little touch up on the paint and a tad of shoe mould to run but it's pretty much done.  I was pleased with the final product.  You can see on the top shelf some of the stuff I canned this year.  Hopefully I will add a few more pints of things to this still.  I have about 12-14 half pints of jams, 4 or 5 pints of salsa, a couple of pints of pickles and about 2 dozen pints of pickled okra.  I know that's not a lot but it's better than I did last year.  I hope to can a few more tomatoes at least, as my Amish Paste are still coming in.  I have also harvested and dried a lot of herbs, which are in the glass jars on the countertop.  I also put up shelves over the window and door to hold canning supplies and extra jars, etc.


Directly opposite that wall is this wall with the electrical panel.  Code requires your panel to have at least 3 feet of clear space in front of it so we simply put it by the cased opening of the pantry so it would naturally stay clear.  We had room to set the little wall for it out slightly in order to make little storage cubby holes there too.  It's just right for a small broom closet type thing and to hide stuff like toilet paper and such but still be easy to get to.


 I put up a few extras like this bulletin board to record stuff I run out of and all.  The shelf above the door also holds table linens and such.


This is the hardware I chose.  I like the very streamlined and contemporary look.  I know a lot of people think homes in the country should look, well, country but that is just not my cup of tea.  All of the fixtures, appliances, switch plates, hardware and the like are brushed stainless in my house.  It's a very clean, minimalist look to me.  I think it goes well with the maple woodwork and cabinets too.

13 comments:

Curmudgeon said...

I think the last time mine was done was 1958 They must have ten layers of paint on them but I did put on new hinges. Looks awesome to me

ignatz said...

gorgeous!!!! I want one!
countertop is so pretty, would love to see a close-up---did you seal the concrete with something or is it just polished? you've probably mentioned it before but I've forgotten---at least I remembered it was poured concrete :)

Anonymous said...

Looks awesome, right out of a magazine. Amazing gifts you have. I am thinking back to all that concrete pouring and the mess that was there orginally. I know you are delighted to have it finished.

Ed said...

I was just about ready to comment on your switch and outlet covers which I like. I have never seen then in a box store around here. Do you have to order them?

edifice rex said...

Hey Dan! thanks! hey, sometimes just changing the hardware on things makes a great improvement.

Hey Page! thanks! I'll try to show a close-up! I did seal the concrete with a natural beeswax/linseed oil mix.

Hey anon! thanks! yeah, that countertop WAS a mess! I am very happy to have that done.

Hey Ed! I have had to order 2 of them because they were an odd configuration (the one in the bath is 2 switches and a square for the fan control) or had to cover like 4 switches. The rest I actually found in the stores, BUT, I have to say I picked many of them up off jobs we did because they are simply what is commonly used on commercial buildings. I found about a dozen of them in the dumpster, still in the packaging, that the electricians had just thrown away. I buy a lot of my stuff from the electrical supply houses too, rather than big box stores because they are usually cheaper and sell the commercial grade, so better quality, stuff.

Island Rider said...

OOH, so pretty. Next time we are in your area, I want to come by the house. Now that you know I am not an as murderer and vice versa.

molly said...

Absolutely gorgeous ER!

edifice rex said...

Hey IR! Thanks! Sure thing! ya'll are more than welcome to come by. At least, I don't THINK you're an axe murderer.....lol!

Hey Molly! thanks!

ErinFromIowa said...

You did a bang up job on your pantry. I dig all the finishing touches you have been putting on your place. Glad you are getting back into the mix of things at the workplace. The welding thing simply made me cringe though. Ouch!

Ed said...

Thanks. I'll have to remember that tip when it is my time to build.

Rurality said...

That looks great! How did your garden hold up through the rain & storms? Ours is pretty much trash.

edifice rex said...

Hey Erin, thanks a lot! the welding thing is still making me cringe! ha!


Hey Ed! sure thing!

Hey Karen! I have no idea actually what the garden looks like. I had to leave in the midst of the storm so I couldn't tell. The only thing left that I was concerned about was the tomatoes though.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hey Annie, I agree with you, simple and clean lines are best. The pantry looks great especially with all the good stuff in it.