I cannot believe the day has actually arrived, but I am elated to announce that my DIY butler pantry build is finally complete! Beginning to doubt that this project would ever come to an end, it actually feels quite surreal even typing these words.
Sure… it might have taken half of a year to complete this room, but it did eventually come to completion. And if you forgot about the project altogether, I totally don’t blame you. You can read the original plans in this post.
So this all got me thinkin’….
You know the One Room Challenge (ORC) which most ambitious bloggers participate in each year (the one where you complete a full room renovation in less than 6 weeks?)???
Yeah…that shiznit is never happening in this household. NEVER! EVER!
If I am being totally honest, that just sounds like the catalyst of a nervous breakdown- why put myself thru all of that unnecessary stress?
Given this endeavor has taken 6 freakin’ months to execute, I thought I should probably refresh your memory of what I was originally working with…
Before Butler Pantry Build:
Located directly off of the kitchen, this space was originally designed by the previous owners to be a mudroom/laundry room. And while that suited our family quite well, this wall of Ikea shelving was awkward.
Sure…. the extra storage provided by the shelving unit was nice to have, but the depth of the unit overwhelmed the space and the orientation of the open door made it completely impractical.
After researching solutions for almost two years, inspiration finally struck when I came across a butler pantry/mudroom combo designed by the queen herself, Ms. Emily Henderson (you can see the original inspiration here).
It was clear that the ill-fitted shelving had to go….
Butler Pantry Progress:
After that, my husband, who is NOT a professional carpenter, built cabinets and countertops for under $250 total. (You can read the cabinet tutorial here and the countertop tutorial here). He then built open shelving (click here for the shelving tutorial) and DIY-ed the necessary electrical work (which I will be writing a future tutorial for) and -voila- you get a Modern Farmhouse butler pantry…
My Modern Farmhouse Butler Pantry…
Serving as an extension of my kitchen, this new configuration has allowed me much more cooking/counter-top space.
(Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for decor sources and cost breakdown!)
Not only does the new arrangement allow me to store smaller cooking appliances away from the kitchen (and off of the kitchen countertops), I decided to add a beverage station/coffee bar component to the space.
While I would have loved to incorporate a tile back-splash here, this project was confined by a strict budget where the new flooring ate up most of our resources.
Wanting there to be a continuous flow from the kitchen flooring to the mudroom/butler pantry flooring, I decided to go with the same LVT flooring that we had installed in my kitchen (you can read that post here).
I love how the mini-fridge frees up some space in our kitchen fridge. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the list of products I used!)
And while it may be completely logical to assume the fridge is only stocked with wine, the majority of it is actually filled with La Croix (for the sake of my waist-line, I am trying my best to cut back on the booze).
Most all of the styling accessories here were purchased on clearance at Hobby Lobby.
And just so you can see the mudroom portion, here is the wall directly across from the new cabinetry….
So now I hope you see that butler pantries are not just for rich b*tches.
And to further prove my point, I am including a cost break-down and list of sources at the bottom of this post.
Now get out there and design some good vibes. And thank you so much for supporting this little blog of mine by sharing with a friend or on social media.
(Keep scrolling down for product sources and cost breakdown)
Flooring – $700 (tutorial post here)
Cabinets- $200 (tutorial post here)
Countertops- $50 (tutorial post here)
Open Shelving – $40 (tutorial post here)
Sconce Lighting- $100 (install post coming soon)
Mini Fridge- $250
Total Project Cost:$1,340
*Click on name of the shop to be directed to the affiliate link*
Paint – Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace
Cabinet Paint- General Finishes Driftwood
Flooring- Mannington LVT in the color Stucco
Cabinet Hardware- Wayfair
Rug- World Market
Mini Fridge- Amazon
Sconces- Beautiful Halo
Styling Accessories- Hobby Lobby
**UPDATED 4-15-21** See how my butler’s pantry is holding up after two years…