How we made our pantry one of our favorite spaces in the home
When we first started designing The McGee Home Kitchen, we knew we wanted to integrate a walk-in pantry. We love to entertain, and have always dreamed about having a separate space to cook, make messes, and store all of our functional favorites.
From the outside, it’s a continued expression of our home’s aesthetic, but once you step inside, it’s filled with all of the essentials. Everything from our blender to our kids’ colorful snacks lives in this space, and we couldn’t love it more.
Watch our video below to take a look inside our pantry and keep scrolling for more details from the process behind this space!
It all started a few years ago on one late night deep-dive into the rabbit hole of eBay. We found our antique pocket doors, and it was love at first sight. we knew they would be the element in which our pantry was designed around, and if you’ve seen our kitchen tour, you know that we actually built the framing of our kitchen to fit these 100-year-old beauties. We left them raw, and we love how much character they add to the room before you even walk in.
Next, we tied in the Clé Tile we used in the backsplash of the kitchen and took it all the way to the ceiling. We chose these beautiful, hand-formed, pieces with an amazing textural element that created the perfect amount of visual interest. We loved them so much, we also used them on a section of backsplash in our kitchen to tie everything together.
We went with a dark, butcher block countertop, and I love the functionality and depth it adds.
Our floors were custom stained from Lemco Design all throughout our home and we absolutely love them!
To match our hardware in the kitchen, we chose an unlacquered brass entertainment faucet from Kallista, and coordinating cabinet hardware on our custom cabinets from Killowen Cabinet Co.
Then, we chose our lighting. From the beginning, the mood board included this antique brass library light from McGee & Co. This light brings so much character into the space, matching our next lighting choice, this brass flush mount. To finish it off, we did the 24′ cabinet makers light, and we love how they all flow together while still bringing contrasting shapes into the room.
Our sink from Kohler is so beautiful and it’s perfect for all of the cooking, baking, and experimenting that goes on in this space.
To complete the look, we added in some of our favorite decor elements. We found these vintage copper saucepans on Etsy, and ordered them right away. We love mixing metals, and the combination of unlacquered brass and copper was exactly what the space needed to come together.
Then, it was time for the practical details. To keep everything organized, we incorporated large baskets on the bottom shelf for storage, and a mix of bins, boxes, more baskets, and glass jars to keep all of our snacks, baking essentials, and canned food together.
Adding a vintage wooden ladder to the look brought some character and function. It’s great for reaching everything at the top but it’s pretty, too!
A special thanks to our partners at Clé Tile, Killowen Cabinet Co., Lemco Design, Kallista Plumbing, and Kohler for helping us make our vision a reality!
Thanks for all the great ideas
Thank you, Carolyn!
So special! Love the design & functionality of this butler’s pantry! Which grout color did you use to make the Cle Tile stand out so much?
So pretty! What’s the cabinet color?
Thank you, Kel! They are Creamy White by Benjamin Moore!
Is mixing polished nickle, aged brass and matte black too many mixed metals for a kitchen?
Your pantry is dreams!!! Love everything about it. Can you please share where the brass pepper/salt mills are from??
Thank you so much! They are launching on McGee & Co. soon! 🙂
Yay!!! Thank you
So pretty! Can you please share the brand of your ice maker? Thank you so much!
Such a cool pantry and amazing use of pocket door! Would it be possible to show us the whole pantry, how you organise your contents/supplies, etc and if you have any tips organising the space? Looking forward to more spaces of your beautiful and charming casa..
I would love go see the size and scale of the rest of the pantry and how you incorporated the elements through the rest of the pantry!
This is beautiful, but could you actually show the pantry? All I could really see was the shot straight through the door.Thanks.
Beautiful space – Can you share your source for your hanging pot rack?
Hi Beth! They are from Devol Kitchen! They are linked above in the carousel. 🙂
Hello! I’m currently trying to pinpoint a rich brown for my 2 island cabinets. Your island cabinets look exactly what I envisioned! Can you share the color? Was it a stain? Thank you!
Beautiful!!! I love how you mix new and vintage elements to create such a comforting space! I think your walls are BM Swiss Coffee at 75% but do you mind to share what white color you used on your trim as slight contrast?
A perfect kitchen and pantry! Can you please share the color of the warm white in the cabinets? Thank you!
Your pantry is pure perfection 🙂 Would you mind sharing the grout colour?
Can I check where your oven is? I don’t think I saw it in the kitchen or pantry?
I would also love to know the ice machine- I like how it fits in the cabinet but doesn’t seem to be integrated- just hidden.
Love your home! What the stain color on the pantry doors?
They’re not stained! The doors are over 100 years old and were left raw.
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