Other People's Pantries #179
From Allison (Atticmag) in Alabama:
A hidden feature of our French Gray Kitchen is our walk-in pantry. Originally, it was the closet for a bedroom we turned sunroom during the pre-building stage.
By moving the doorway to the opposite wall, it opens into the arched area near the range. A pair of distressed and stained doors opens to reveal. Our trim carpenter built the shelves according to my specifications. The shelves to the right are deeper than they appear, having to work around the HVAC return (next to the vintage metal stool). We store our potatoes and onions in two wicker baskets on the floor. Collected recipes and a few cooking magazine are kept in the woven hinged file box.
I designed a table based on a potting bench, and our carpenter incorporated scrape cedar beams (left over from the kitchen ceiling installation) for its legs. We purchased a butcher block counter from a local salvage store. The table provides space for unloading groceries or making a sandwich. In keeping with my less kitchen-like look, the toaster and microwave are out of sight in the pantry. Underneath are baskets for storing extra drinks.
I love using the lidded glass jars for storing everything from flour and sugar, oatmeal and grits, to snacks and clips, and more. On top of the microwave are three yellow vintage custard cups that belonged to my paternal grandmother. In front of it is my maternal grandmother's mini-cob cornbread iron skillet. I also use her wooden canister set (minus lids) for storing extra seasoning and scoops. My birdhouse collection is arranged on the top shelf. They are a fun surprise for guests, but more importantly I enjoy seeing them every day.
I purchased the vintage ceiling light years ago not knowing if it needed rewiring. Luckily, it did not and for 20 years was the foyer light in our last home. I knew it would make the perfect pantry fixture, so I replaced it before putting the house on the market. Bringing a part of our home where our children were raised also makes it special.
The National Biscuit Company (NABISCO) sign is double sided. The sign and heart-shaped wooden sugar mold were purchased at local antique stores. My husband and I love our pantry. Having everything easily accessible makes cooking more enjoyable.