Well, I’ve decided that this will be the penultimate pantry remodel post. The next time I post about the pantry, it will be the final before and after. These daily accountability posts have been so tremendously helpful in keeping me focused and on target for getting the pantry finished, but the time has come for me to wrap up those couple of final projects, and then start tackling the construction mess and other residual mess that I’ve created in the adjoining rooms over the last two-and-a-half months as I’ve been working on the pantry.
The good news is that I really am down to about three projects in the pantry. I’m so close that last night I couldn’t help myself, and I actually started unpacking some of my stuff and loading it onto the shelves.
So I’ve got vases and canisters and dishes mixed in with paint cans, tools, ladders, and my shop vac. But that’s just how I do things. I see the finish line, and I get anxious to jump ahead to the next phase.
The bad news is that the biggest part of finishing this project will be tackling the mess in the breakfast room and studio. And in an effort to keep things real, I’m going to show you my mess. Here’s a current glimpse at my breakfast room.
I can already hear the gasps from some of you. 😀 But if you’ve been reading my blog for long, you already know I’m messy. When I’m in the midst of a big project, like the pantry or the hallway remodel, I make a huge mess and make no apologies for it, but I always pull it off in the end.
Anyway, this poor room has been everything BUT a breakfast room for the last several months. First, it was where I set up shop to make my draperies. Then when I started working on the pantry, it turned into my resin tile studio.
As long as I was working on the tiles, I tried my best to keep the dust out of the room. That wasn’t easy since I was using saws right next door in the studio, and dragging tools, cabinets, wood flooring, etc., from the studio to the pantry several times a day.
But after the tiles were finished, let’s just say that keeping the dust out of the breakfast room became less of a priority for me. 🙂 And about four weeks ago, I gave up completely. So while the rest of my house was getting cleaned on a weekly basis — the dusting, the vacuuming, the mopping, etc. — I just decided that the breakfast room would be a lost cause until the pantry was finished.
The fact is that the floor could be freshly vacuumed and mopped, but the second I stepped from the studio (where I’ve been using my saws for the last 10 weeks) into the breakfast room, I left tracks of sawdust. So now I have about four weeks of accumulated sawdust covering everything in my breakfast room. The room will literally need to be cleaned from ceiling to floor.
And then there are the extension cords, tools, accumulated boxes (some new and some filled with items that have been waiting to be unpacked in the pantry), wrappers from drawer slides, paint cans, bottles of resin, alcohol inks, leftover tiles, and on, and on.
But the main goal will just be getting the dust cleaned up. It’ll be a pain, but (and this seems to have become my mantra lately), it’s just dust. It may take a full day of vacuuming, but I have no doubt that this room will be as good as new before all is said and done. Even my pillows, benches, chairs and curtains will be as good as new because it’s just dust, and that’s what upholstery attachments for vacuums are for. 🙂
But in order to keep the dust out of the breakfast room once it’s cleaned, that means I also need to tackle the studio, and that’s much more daunting.
I have been vacuuming up the dust in the studio about once a week since I started on the pantry, but when you cut as much plywood and lumber as I have over the last ten weeks, it’s like fighting a losing battle. I’m not just walking on the dust and tracking it on my shoes, but I’ve been kneeling in it as I rip the plywood pieces with my circular saw. Like I said…a losing battle with the dust.
Now that all of the construction is now done on the pantry, it’s time to get all the mess cleaned up, get the breakfast room back in working order as an actual breakfast room, and get the pantry ready for it’s big reveal. I’m not sure exactly when that will be, but by gosh, I’m determined to make it before I take my annual end-of-year one week break. So it may be this weekend, or late on the 24th, or even on Christmas day. But I’ll post it as soon as it’s finished and I can get good pictures. I know y’all are wanting to see not only pictures of the pantry itself, but also the view from the kitchen, from the breakfast room, and even from the front door. I’ll do my best to get it from every conceivable angle. 😀
But can we just take a second and remember where this pantry started? There was no pantry in the beginning. There was no separate room. It was just one long and narrow room that the previous owners referred to as the den. So I called it a breakfast room, and then sectioned off an area at the back of the room for a pantry.
And do you remember when it looked like this during the kitchen remodel?
I had removed the old cabinets from the kitchen, but couldn’t get them into the garage by myself (that’s when the studio was a garage with a floor that sat about 18 inches below the breakfast room floor). So I lined them up at the back of the room that is now the pantry.
Before I could work on the breakfast room, all of that had to be removed, so my brother and I moved them into the garage, and that back area that’s now the pantry looked like this…
So even with all of my construction dust and piles of tools lying about, I’m pretty proud of how far this has come.
But enough of the “before” and “progress” pictures. I’m ready to see some “before” and “AFTER” pictures! I better get busy!