Make It Happen Monday – Bookcase Turned Pantry Finished!

Well, good morning, lovely people!  Welcome to another Make It Happen Monday!

Today, for the first time in a long time, I have such a sense of accomplishment.  I don’t know what has gotten into me over the last few days, but I have such a drive…such a determination…to get things done around the condo.  And things are getting FINISHED!!

I’ve noticed that working on this condo for me is a lot like the battle to lose weight.  Getting started was the absolute hardest thing in the world, and everywhere I looked, I saw huge obstacles standing before me.  But if I just dive in, and start doing a little bit at a time, I start seeing results.  And then when I see results, it makes me want to press on to see even more results!

Okay, enough philosophizing and psychologizing (yep, that’s actually a word).  :)  Here’s my useless-bookcase-turned-amazingly-practical-and-pretty pantry.

Doesn’t it look like it was always supposed to be a pantry?!  I left the center section open (and tiled it) specifically to house our Berkey water filter.  Now I just need to figure out what to put next to it.

And in case you’re new around here, I’ll show you how it started out.  Here’s the before and after.  And again, please remember that I took the before picture minutes after we were handed the keys to our condo.  The electricity wasn’t even turned on at the time, and all the junk is stuff that the previous occupants left behind.  I was a bit anxious to take my before pictures.  Now I wish I had taken a few minutes to clear away the junk, just because it’s distracting.  Oh well…hindsight is 20/20, isn’t it?

And do you notice another project I tackled in the kitchen?

Yes, I refinished my butcherblock countertops.  For the fourth time.  I know you think I’ve gone insane, and perhaps I have, but doing this particular finish on my countertops was the best decision ever.  I’ll share more about that later this week.  I’m also in the process of giving my kitchen light a little makeover, so I’ll share that as well.

I love this feeling of accomplishment!  It could be addictive.  :)

So what have you gotten accomplished around your home in the last week?  Have you tackled any lingering unfinished projects?  Did you get any of those projects finished?  I’d love to hear about it!  And if you have a link to a blog post about your project, please feel free to share it in the comments below.

 

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Comments

    • says

      Sounds like you’ve gotten a ton of work done so far! Love the color on your fireplace, as well as the whole retro look you’re going for. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  1. Brandy~GreyLaneHome says

    This looks perfectly planned. Like you said it’s like it’s always been there. I like the tile. What a great little station for stagging or a coffee center.

  2. says

    I love your idea of turning that space into a pantry. Perfect storage solution. Yes, I am finally getting some things accomplished around the house (in between working full time). This weekend I finally got a little fall decorating done and we finally started painting the house exterior. We have been scraping and sanding in our spare time and now have finally been able to start the painting process (which is going much faster) and I am loving it. I hope to have pictures to share soon.

    • says

      Oh yeah…the scraping and sanding are such a pain, but the painting is the fun part! So glad y’all are making progress on it. I’ve never painted a house exterior before. Can’t imagine how time-consuming that must be!!

    • says

      Thank you, Sue! I agree. :) I’ve thought to myself all along that these condos must have been designed by a man. There’s no way a woman would put a bookcase that close to a kitchen that doesn’t have a pantry. :-D

      • Sue says

        That is so true. Every architect/builder needs to have a homemaker as a consultant when designing kitchens/living areas.

        With improvements like your pantry, you are also adding to the storage space the value of your condo. I hope you will be able to sell it quickly and get the home you are dreaming of.

  3. TKraft Art & Interiors says

    Kristi, WOW another great post. I love everything about it, the colors, the finishes. Looks perfect for entertaining. I love how you brought the flow in from the kitchen. I was just told this weekend at lunch by a NYC/Worldwide advertising professional “that women thrive creatively the older they get…” just a theory.

  4. says

    It looks fantastic, Kristi! Yes, just like it was always there! You did a beautiful job. I wish I had gotten more accomplished last week, but hopefully I will be back on track this week. Looking forward to the light reveal and the countertop post!

  5. says

    I love it. And what I can see of the kitchen is gorgeous. The butcher block counters are great, and that cabinet color is fabulous! Beautiful job! ~ Angie

  6. says

    Great job and I can totally relate to your weight loss analogy, unfortunately. It’s so hard to get started, isn’t it? I do think a sense of accomplishment is addictive, too. I’ve been on a spending spree for the last 3 weeks and now it’s time to start sorting out the spoils and getting started on the projects. (I have to spend now and stock up on projects before the summer ends and the estate/garage sales dry up). So many projects now….sigh.

  7. says

    Yay for YOU :) Looks great!
    I did, I now have a retail location for my paint and I’m working on the display piece.
    Look forward to your fix for the counters,I know that has been a thorn in your side!

  8. says

    Awesome after! It looks so much nicer painted with the added doors and I’m really digging the subway tiled mid-section! I’m not sure I would have ever thought to do that to a built in shelf, but now that I’ve seen it, it makes perfect sense.

  9. says

    You definitely should be so proud!!!!! That came out great. I simply adore the color of your cabinets & then the complimenting counters & floors. Really beautifully done!

  10. says

    Kristi, this is a great project! I love the pantry. And although I am a book-lover too, and my house is full of bookcases, I am well aware that open storage can make small spaces seem cluttered — even when it’s neat (and good luck keeping a pantry neat 100% of the time). I bet your dining area looks more spacious because of those great doors!

  11. Christine says

    Hi. I love your blog and have gotten many great ideas. I especially love the color of the paint on your cabinets in the kitchen. I would love to do this with mine. How did you prepare the cabinets for painting? Also what brand and color paint did you use as well as semi-gloss, eggshell, latex, oil, etc.? Thanks

  12. Madonna says

    I love this. I vote for a coffee bar and maybe even one of those large containers for lemonade or tea for company.

  13. Monica Austin says

    Nice-looking kitchen cabinetry. Just looking at them makes me feel right at home. I love it. Good job! My kitchen cabinets are light brown, a contempo-country style. A local company called dayoris (dayoris.com) custom-built them. I can see your kitchen will be used countless times. I dislike those neat kitchens that nobody ever uses. What are kitchens for anyway?

  14. Anne says

    Kristi,
    You have got to write a book someday for all the people who want their homes to look pretty and function well, but who think they lack imagination, color sense, ability, tools, etc. You make everything look do-able!
    Give this gal a TV contract!

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