Sunday, November 25, 2012

Our Pantry & Laundry Room Makeover

We spent the long Thanksgiving weekend putting the final touches on our pantry and laundry room area.
This room has been half way finished for many months and now it was finally time to finish it off.

Our pantry and laundry area is located right off the kitchen.....just beyond the arch.

Just to the left, is an old french shop cabinet I keep linens and things in.  I refinished it by scraping at least three coats of paint off of it,before freshening it up with a neutral color.

We recently inherited many pieces that belonged to Tom's Mother, Grandmother and Auntie who were of Swedish heritage.  I mixed a few of the favorites with some of the rustic wooden pieces we found in France.

The blue and white clock belonged to his grandparents. His Aunt and Uncle (now in their 80's) remember this clock hanging above their kitchen table when they were kids.  Far too many pretty pieces to keep stored in a box!

and to the right is the laundry area. 

We salvaged the handmade tiles from the old kitchen in this house before we renovated. They were so unique I wanted to use them again somewhere.

We decided to use salvaged barn wood for the countertop and the shelves in this area.  Tom found another great resource for salvaged barn wood.

We took a short trip to visit American Barn and Wood to check out their inventory.

They had a great selection of barn wood complete with the age, photos and history of the old barns.

The countertop in our laundry area is made from oak floor planks from this old barn..."The Hudsonville Barn" an 1870's beauty from Hudsonville, Michigan.

We also bought wood for a few other projects from this old barn out of Indiana.  It's so cool to actually see photos of the barns and to learn about how they were used.

A great resource for anyone looking for authentic old beams or barnwood!

 Tom securing our handpicked timbers for the ride home!

Hope you enjoyed the tour and thank you for following along!!


  1. Hi Sarah and Tom!
    I'm delighted to see more of your gorgeous house :) It's been a while since you've posted here. I love the view with the arched doorway to the arched door. Very charming! Everything in your home is so unique, mellow and thoughtfully done. I love the look, and it must feel wonderful.
    Thanks for this tour ~

    1. We've been busy little beavers Loi! Thank you always for your kind comments. No shortage of projects going on here, just need to complete them all:)!
      Wishing you a happy holiday season ahead,

    2. Thank you, Sarah! Will you be decorating for the holidays?

  2. WOW - you two are busy! I can't believe that Tom got those shelves built so quickly. And I love how they turned out. It always amazing to see how barn wood turns out in projects. Thanks for posting these pictures.

    Kira- American Barn & Wood

  3. love the reclaimed wood counter!

    hope you can stop by when you have a moment.

    smiles and sunshine to you.


  4. What an adventure! Great resource for recycled wood, and you are right. It means something to not just have the old wood, but know where it came from. Thank you.
    Love what you did....look forward to more.

  5. your laundry area looks wonderful Sarah, nice to recognise a couple of the details :)
    love to you both

  6. I just accidentally found your blog and I went back and read every post you have done, and some I looked at the pictures more than once. You two are so talanted and creative. I've gotten some great ideas and inspiration from your blog. Fran

  7. Such a wonderful laundry area! All the blues and the simple decor is beautiful. Nicely done!


  8. So beautiful! Do you mind telling me what color you painted or stained the arched door?
    thank you!


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