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Thursday, 3 October 2013

A New Little Pantry*~*

When I was a child growing up in Kent, we had a larder in our kitchen full of food ...Mum kept everything in there..tins of pilchards and spam (with the key opener) sat happily besides Birds custard powder, Rowntree jelly cubes, a bowl of dripping .....Omo washing powder was kept on the floor along side bottles of Tizer and boxes of veg....so a few weeks ago I had an idea, could we make a small unloved space at the back of the stairs into a pantry?

See a very unloved space indeedy!!
I thought I could use this unused bookcase that we bought with us when we moved...

The door from the hallway  is adjacent to the kitchen door so quite handy..
Fin fitted some shelves up that also used to be in the cottage, they were a bit grubby but after a clean up and a paint they looked fine...

Painting the woodwork white made it a lot lighter and fresher..
Still a bit to do....
I found this pretty lamp shade at a charity shop for £2.00...
Please pop in and have a peep, I am really pleased how it all just evolved out of a tiny idea..
I shall mainly use it for my baking "stuff" and jams etc...

And the odd bottle of wine, of course! ( looks like it needs restocking )


I might just have to buy a tin of pilchards ..for old time sake....Love Thea x

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  1. Thea it looks lovely, My Nan had a pantry,I used to love going in there when I was little xxxxx

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    1. Yes it is somewhere that seems to have lovely memories, perhaps its because it was packed with lots of yummy things! x

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  2. That is really delightful - and an attractive and intelligent transformation of the space. I would add a tin of Tate and Lyle's Golden Syrup, a packet of Atora suet, a tin of Colmans mustard powder, and a bottle of Camp Coffee essence for true retro style!!
    Autumn Blessings
    [now, how can I persuade my man that we could move his PA gear from under the stairs to make a pantry like that?]

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    1. Yes I can remember all those ..Camp Coffee, my Mum used to put it in her coffee sponge, it was delicious
      Yes you could try asking hubby...good luck x

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  3. Wow, it looks very organised and synoptic. I wish a had a pantry like yours!
    I'm going to make the banoffeecupcakes tomorrow, hope they will look even as good as yours!
    xx Margriet

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    1. I am sure your cakes will be delicious Margriet..happy baking x

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  4. what a neat and tidy space - you've reminded me to get my pantry in order. Great find at the charity shop.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, yes the lamp shade was just what I was looking for, it needed a bit of gentle bending to make it fit though x

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  5. What a brilliant idea, and it looks really fabulous!
    I remember very fondly pilchard sandwiches from my childhood, although i don't fancy them anymore!!!
    love jooles xxx

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    1. Hello Jooles
      hope you are on the mend, pilchard sandwiches? I have had them on toast, Isn't funny how the memories flood back..x

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  6. My Mum and Granny had pantry and how I wish I had one. Our kitchen cupboards are so deep you can never see clearly what we have. Your pantry is fantastic and I am very envious! Thank you again for the blackberry jam recipe, I made it last weekend and it was just like my Grandfather used to make. Sarah x

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    1. I am so glad your jam turned out well, its lovely to have the taste of Summer in a jar...
      Yes you are right about the cupboards I could never see what I needed without getting it all out, when baking. x

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  7. What a clever use of space...and it's so *pretty* too! Chrissie x

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    1. Thank you Chrissie , I shall try to keep it tidy..x

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  8. Looks lovely Thea ... My pantry is very messy in comparison ... Feel a paint job coming on!

    Your jars of jam are pretty reminders of the summer months ...

    Love Claire xx

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    1. Ahh Claire.. I am sure it is full of goodness, but I know what you mean it is good to have a sort out now and then..x

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  9. What a nice pantry! I love your idea, and it turned out wonderfully!

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    1. Thank you Hilde, I must admit I was not sure if it would work to start with but now I love it..x

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  10. I have very happy memories of my childhood pantry filled with my Mothers delicious preserves and my Fathers exploding pickled walnuts! I think your new space is lovely and what a good idea to keep all your baking bits in one place. I always have pilchards in tomato sauce in my cupboard but I'm the only one who eats them. Karen xx

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    1. Oh Karen I have a wonderful vision of your Fathers jars exploding...I bet your Mother had something to say!!
      Yes I always remember the Pilchards sitting there, we used to have them on toast, I must buy some....x

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  11. Oh I'd love a pantry, especially one as beautiful as yours :) xx

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    1. Hello Cheryl, thank you, I was a little unsure to start with, so I did not want to spend out in case it did not work ,but it just evolved..x

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  12. You must have visited my mum’s pantry because you just described it exactly! My brother drank nothing but tizer and the washing powder always sat on the floor. I’ve not thought about it for years but your words just brought the memories flooding back. I love your pantry – such a great idea!

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    1. Ahh I am glad you have happy memories of your mum's pantry, it seems to be one of those places that we remember...do you know Barbara my brother was exactly the same tizer mad...x

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  13. I would love a pantry - our family home had a great big one which I loved to investigate and see what my mother had on the shelves.
    I suppose I use my Utility Room in a similar fashion to the old fashion larder.

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    1. It was one of those places that we all loved to delve into..seems like we all have a love of pantry's...x

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  14. There's something very satisfying about a larder, I grew up with them.....I've a larder cupboard which I love! Yours looks fab! :) x

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    1. Thank you...we all seem to be having a bit of a love affair with our Larders/Pantry's...x

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  15. What a very good idea! It looks so neat and tidy. The first time I saw and heard of a pantry was about 45 years ago when I stayed in England, Southampton as an " au pair ". We had a real big storage room for food and so on. So your post brings me sweet memories too.

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    1. What a lovely story Janneke.. I seem to have stirred up some wonderful memories with this pantry post...x

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  16. I would love a pantry! Why dont they add them to modern houses I wonder?
    I think I remember spiders in the pantry of our childhood home, I dont know if there actually were any but in my mind I remember being scared to go in there!

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    1. Eeek! sounds scary Anne.. bless you
      Thea x

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  17. Cute and pretty space you have made there Thea. we used to have a pantry I loved it,I put lace along the shelves and hung flowers and hearts from the beams it was lovely, wish I had it now .Love Jill xx

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    1. Oh Jill It sounds so pretty, but I have seen your kitchen in a post and it is lovely
      Thea x

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  18. What a great use of space.. I grew up with a pantry.. my grandmother had one, my old home where my mum still lives has a pantry and we are also lucky to have a pantry which is greatly needed as we only have a small kitchen. I love my pantry.
    Enjoy yours Thea.
    Julie x

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    1. Ooooh yes Pantry love ,I quite understand
      Thea x

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  19. Hi Thea - I love pantries. I have always wanted one but I never have thought of using the understairs cupboard. Thats a really good idea. Lily. xxx

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    1. Thank you Lilly, It just came to me one day, that I could use that space...
      Thea x

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  20. Dear Thea, ~ Firstly WOW love your wonderful pantry and larder...Which brought back memories of ours....All the provisions you mentioned swirled in my memory and i was back in the house with the secret gate to the our very own park once more....I can still see the black and white tiles in our pantry there......And remember Mum keeping cheese and dripping and fresh fish in there...( we didn't have fridges then, did we) Gosh I sound old!! hehe....Happy Sunday to you! LOVED this post...Hugs Maria x

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  21. No you are quite right Maria we did not have a fridge to start with either, I can remember the Larder had a little cupboard at the side for meat...I now know it was called a meat safe, can you imagine doing that now, with all those sell by dates...eeek
    Thea xx

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  22. Dear Thea,

    I am so pleased to have popped over to your blog and caught up with your latest blog posts. I've also been admiring your beautiful wreath in your header photo - I have a thing for wreaths, ask my husband! - and your small side pictures of Sindy dolls (oh, those were the days) and sweetpeas too.

    You have done a fantastic job on your pantry and I'm really pleased to learn that you too were raised in Kent!

    Stephanie

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  23. Hello Stephanie
    Yes I am a maid of Kent! I have had this particular wreath a long time, it is one of my favorites..I too love to decorate my home with them, thank you for your words
    Thea x

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  24. Wow, that looks amazing and how satisfying to have reclaimed some space (and so beautifully, too).

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    1. Thank you , yes I must say it has improved my little cubby hole, before it was a dumping ground!...x

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  25. I want one too, and yes OMO is a vague memory which you have now rattled in my brain. The soft greys here are wonderful btw! Love it.....

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    1. Ahh yes OMO my mum would not use anything else..my children laugh at me and say I must have got its name wrong !...thank you for your kind words...x

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  26. You got me in with Rowntree's Jelly Cubes...oh yes please! And I love what you've done with your pantry there Thea :)) Cheers Jane

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    1. Hello Jane thank you for popping in ..I see I have touched a nerve with Rowntree jelly cubes..my Mum always had them in the larder, I think it was one of those just in case scenarios.
      I am so glad you found me
      Thea x

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  27. I just love your pantry Thea.
    Am late with comments.. What a great job Finn did..
    A pantry is so useful.. yours has put mine to shame.!! it looks so neat . you utilized a good space.. ideal just off the kitchen.
    very nice.
    happy week.
    val x

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Thank for your lovely messages they make my day,Thea x