Monday, May 24, 2010

Wallcovering in the pantry

Over the weekend I tackled wallpapering the pantry in our vacation home. I took our small, ho-hum pantry and gave it a little personality with this whimsical wallcovering by Brunschwig & Fils (that I scored at their annual warehouse sale) called Potager. A potager is an English "kitchen garden" infused with French "styling" in the landscaping of a "vegetable garden", as commonly referred to here in the USA. The interesting history of a potager dates back to the 16th century. This wallcovering would not be my style to use on a kitchen wall, but absolutely my style for inside the pantry!

An image of the pantry from the outside.

A peak of a shelf before wallpapering. The space looks drab even though the shelving is new.   
The empty pantry. I removed the shelving and prepared the walls before starting the project.
Look at the difference between the wallcovering and the spaces without.  
A close-up look.

Now, when I open the doors I see happiness!
I am a big fan of using the inside of doors for storage. On one door I have oven mitts, spices, backing items and a holder for plastic bags (we don't have much, but we do have some.) 
And, on the other door I have seven shelves for spices and a bag caddy that I use for all of my son's bibs.

This pantry easily houses our non-perishable food. I cook and/or bake almost daily, so our refrigerator is normally packed with perishable foods. I also store our melamine dishes in the pantry. Now, time will tell if I eat more because I like opening the doors so much!

A little touch with a big impact. This is the second closet space I've done and I'm thrilled with the results. It adds so much to such a small, but used daily space. This type of interior design is for you, the homeowner! Happy Monday!  

22 comments:

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i LOVE this idea - i'm a big believer in decorating every inch of space u have - something like this just adds that little extra POP and tells alot about a person :o)

*muah*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~
(( LOVE for u to drop by and become a butterfly - i'm a follower of ur's of course ))

Vintage French Hen said...

OMG! That paper is so cute, and you are way too organized! Looks great!!!
Marcia

El said...

I love the pattern you chose. It's incredibly inviting and looks great!

Kathysue said...

Love, love this paper and I am sure it brings a smile to your face everytime you open the doors. I know I would be smiling. I painted the inside of my pantry a pretty blue and it made such a difference I did a post on its makeover here
http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2010/02/pretty-up-pantry.html
If you want to take a look, I used thrifted containers and kept the cost down. It was fun. I even did some frigescaping in the next post. We designer type decorate everything don't we. I am loving following along with the re-do of all your closets. This is so doable for anyone, it adds to the loveliness of everday life, Happy Monday, Kathysue

Haven and Home said...

Oh I love it! Such a cute print for a pantry.

La Dolfina said...

I love it Lisa... I just knew it would be perfect when you first announced your plans for your wonderful wallpaper scores!!! I can just see you smiling from ear to ear :)
You must go to Dave's website Artefact, I promise you will be super inspired by his story... it's right up your alley... and mine :)
Wishing you a beautiful week ahead!
xo

bluehydrangea said...

Love this!! So unexpected and happy!!

The Zhush said...

Another fab wallpaper job, that has be green with envy at the organized beauty of it all! Amazing!

Mary Ellen said...

So pretty and so organized! I need to get my pantry together! Lately when I open the door I'm always on guard for that stray can that always falls out and hits my toe. It would be so nice to not be all nervous whenever I open the door! Thanks for the inspiration!
-ME
P.S. So glad you stopped by my blog... thanks for the sweetness!

Ann said...

You're putting us to shame, Lisa!

But it sure looks happy and refreshing. Makes one cheery to be cooking!

Andrika King said...

The paper makes so much of a difference!

sara said...

Wow, it lookds great! The organizational freak in me is loving the structure of this pantry. :) I bet it makes you so happy just to open up the cabinets!

Jeanette {A Passion for Home} said...

It's a brilliant idea! And I agree, I believe in using all the space you can, including doors.

I have some wallpaper scraps, so I may give this a try!

Anna Liesemeyer said...

so glad you stopped by:) your blog is lovely. I am now motivated to wallpaper my pantry!

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

You truly amaze me. I can't believe you can hang wallpaper. It is so HARD! Your focus is amazing. So wish I could do that! Have a great week.

Beatriz said...

What a beautiful project! We are finally getting a walk in pantry. YESSSSS!! How great would this be?? Thanks for the beautiful inspiration Lisa!

Have a wonderful day Love!
B.

Charlotta Ward said...

Amazing work! I love the result and generally just your ideas and creativity. Well done!

x Charlotta

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

It's those finishing touches that make a home special. I've been looking for the perfect paper to line my glass front cabinets. It has to be just right.

paula said...

looks great!

hip hip gin gin said...

Love this, looks great! I desperately want to paper the back of our kitchen shelves but I haven't found a paper we can both agree on yet.

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

lisa, this is beautiful! i love the paper you chose — what a way to dress up one of the most-used parts of your home!

pve design said...

I would love for you to be my guest, showing all your lovely closets with each of my readers. Do you paper them yourselves. Love a tutorial.
pve