Hello Oh So Shabby readers! I’m Karianne from Thistlewood Farm and I am so excited to be here today sharing my renovated butler’s pantry. I live in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse. In the middle of no where. Well…..actually….the middle of no where, Kentucky. I’ve learned a lot renovating the farmhouse.
I’ve learned that vinegar is your friend and wallpaper is not and that four layers of flooring can hide beautiful old floors and that white paint makes everything look better. And about 5,214 other useful pieces of information.
I’ve learned that I like milk glass stacked to the top of the white shelving and new crisp white moldings…. and linen lined baskets….
and white built-ins with crystal knobs…. and numbered baskets lining the top of the shelving. Oh…and…and I’ve discovered that I like checkerboard floors, too. And $4.00 garage sale ladders.
Yep. It’s official. I’ve discovered that I like “afters” way better….
…..way better than “befores.”
I’ve learned that I like open shelving….and milk glass and gray walls instead of khaki. And little white stools for anyone who can’t reach the dishes.
And khaki linen dish towels with fleur-de-lis.
But over the past six months….you know what I’ve discovered about myself? What I’ve discovered about me? Something that really surprised me.
I mean….I still can’t believe it.
I cannot believe how much….I love to bring my farmhouse back to life. Really and truly. I love it. There are days when I think I would rather work on the farmhouse than go on an all-expense paid trip to Disney World or win the lottery or have the perfect hair day or learn how to paint sea creatures on my toenails for a new beach look or sit by the pool on an 108 degree day.
And every night when I sit down after a day of renovations. And I think about my day. And that I just painted the butler’s pantry. And how excited I am about it. And that I absolutely LOVE just saying the words “butler’s pantry.” And that this time I decided to go with gray. And that I’m not really sure if grey is spelled grey or gray or greige. Or maybe I should stop with all the gray and start with navy blue and orange?
And then I laugh to myself….because everyone knows that navy blue and orange is so 2013
PS It was awesome to meet you! If you like to read about more farmhouse adventures, follow along at www.thistlewoodfarms.com.