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I’m sharing all the details about our butler’s pantry, including the mistake I made the first time around and how we rectified it to make it function better for our family.

remodeled kitchen

The Before

When we remodeled our kitchen back in 2021, we completely ditched our formal dining room. We had a wall built and the room divided into a butler’s pantry and a home office.

Walk in pantry with beverage fridge

In order to save some money, I opted to only do lower cabinets and floating shelves in the pantry.

In hindsight, this was a poor decision on my part – one that has now been rectified! As pretty as open shelves are, in a room like a butler’s pantry where all the excess small appliances, extra dishes, glasses and food are being stored, long shelves quickly become cluttered.

The After

mini lamp // electric kettle // Nespresso coffee machine // floating shelves (nature stain)

Now, I can hide all the junk and ugly appliances behind doors and it always looks pretty on the outside!

The Cabinet Paint Color

The cabinet paint color is Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray. It’s the same color as the kitchen island and my bathroom vanity. It’s the perfect shade of gray-blue that sometimes looks a smidge green.

How We Use The Butler’s Pantry

This pantry not only serves as extra storage, but it’s where we make our tea and coffee every morning.

This counter also holds our microwave and toaster, and large canisters of flour and sugar. My Dutch oven, air fryer, blender, electric griddle, and other small appliances are in the bottom cabinets.

cabinet knobs // drawer pulls

The drawers hold napkins, coffee, and stationery supplies. The upper cabinets have extra drinkware, barware, extra snacks and alcohol.

nespresso pod organizer

We also have a mini fridge in here that holds beer, wine and seltzers so that our counter-depth fridge in the kitchen doesn’t get too full!

The long pantry cabinet (on the left) is where I store our vacuum and broom, and all the cleaning supplies are in the cabinet above it.

Why Did You Not Add a Door?

We also chose not to install a door to the pantry. A pocket door could have been an option, but they are expensive and with the wall to the left being load-bearing, I’m not sure it was feasible. The opposite wall is exterior, so again, not feasible.

Regardless of that, we felt that a door would always be left open, based on how often we walk in and out of the pantry. So it probably wouldn’t function well for us. And now, with everything behind cabinets, it’s not a mess so I really don’t think a door is needed.

I Left Space For Some Pretty Shelves!

I didn’t totally eliminate the shelves as you can see! I do love a little floating shelf moment and this little corner over the coffee machine is just the right size to add some decorative touches without worrying about clutter.

Final Thoughts

So what do you think? Are you an open shelves kind of person? Or do you prefer to be able to hide everything behind closed doors?

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  1. Butlers pantry – you are brilliant! This is every woman’s dream! Love it. Yes so much better than a dining room. ❤️
    I will be putting you in my Facebook so others find you.

  2. Love it! What more can I say?

  3. Karen Berger says:

    I love it! The color you chose for cabinets is a beautiful shade! I am very practical. I don’t like open shelving. In theory they look beautiful, but in reality, not needed and taking up space where you can have closed cabinets. I may have put a swinging door in for the butler’s pantry, but it looks like you keep everything very neat and tidy, so in your case it’s unnecessary. You did a beautiful job!

    1. My kids would have a field day with a swinging door….it would be swung off the hinges within a week lol

  4. I would love to do this to my formal dinning room as well! I only use it a few times a year. Did you make any changes in your kitchen dinning space to accommodate for larger gatherings? Any pictures of the office that was created with the other half of the dinning room? Love your style!

    1. Thanks Cathy! I’ve shared the office on Instagram a few times but next on my list is taking photos for a blog post! I should have it up by next week, hopefully :-)

  5. Linda Curtis says:

    This is gorgeous. I love getting ideas from you. I wish I’d seen your cabinet color before I painted mine white and my walls green. This is more me. Maybe a redo in a few years.

  6. Christine Sweeney says:

    Looks soooo nice with upper cabinets. I like your hardware choice. Would pick the same hardware again?

    1. Thanks Christine! I love the hardware too…unfortunately when I ordered extras for the new cabinets the color is now slightly different (a bit more yellow) than when I bought them a few years ago. With that being said, they are HEAVY and great quality!