Welcome to our pantry! Come on in and take a sweeping look (just don’t sneeze too hard;))…
Yes, this is the right door (for now), don’t be misled by the wall color, you are about to enter our pantry as it is today, not our bathroom – well, we don’t even have such at the moment.
Cheryl is moving stuff out to make more room for you…
and me, who is about to jump in here and rip the lowered ceiling off. But come inside at last.
These to the right are some of our shelves before the clean-up and decluttering.
Yes, these jars have seen better days and are really aching for sweet and sour refills – all the signs show that they will get just what they desire.
Now let us make room for Cheryl to come back in and show you the empty shelves from closer up.
Yes, it’s what you think: mouse-chewed shelf wrapping paper. As any “classic” home’s pantry, ours has had its own share of curious and gluttonous intruders with all of the consequences to follow.
These metal supports, pressed board shelves, the paper “pushpinned” into them and this “gorgeous” hue of turquoise on the walls are all inheritances from the previous owners. We have to admit that for seven years we have spent on the farm, our priorities have always laid elsewhere – until now.
For practical reasons right now we are holding on to the shelves, but without their very unappealing paper coat.
If you turn around…
the base of this wall section reveals all the work ahead of us: removing old paint layers to the bare cob, discard the vertical row of tiles around the base of the wall, refinish the plasterwork where needed rounding the corners just a little bit and whitewash in three coats.
OK, now look up…
see, those daddy long legs are welcome renters up to a certain population density, but I really wish for them to soon be able to hang from sparkling white ceiling.
Above the door the corner of the lowered ceiling gives you an idea what I can expect when taking it off – awful. That stick served as plug to keep mice “out”…
All right, you have probably seen enough and wish to come back again when is already restored in here.
On your way out please note the door, a combination of nasty and nastier materials from sheet metal, by now crumbled sponge insulation and plastic tarp. Rest assured, you won’t see it again. We are going to replace it with a heavy curtain.
Oh, a pantry restoration is nothing intimidating. It’s always fun to get rid of eyesores, plus we love to play with cob. Check out one of our earlier projects when we built a doghouse in cob with manure plaster – it has been shared as idea world around, you might like it, too for your pups.
If we have gotten you inspired with our touch on cob, join us at our workshop this summer.