I start off with all of my home renovation posts, that the “before” photos are ones that I took the first time walking through the house with the realtor.   I’m very frugal so anytime I do a project, it’s on a small budget.

This is my butler pantry area in my kitchen. I’m showing a simple before and after photo because I will do a separate blog post soon all about the kitchen makeover, however, I used the same process on the cabinet painting on all of the kitchen cabinets as you see here in the butler pantry area.

You can see how the cabinets are a darker cabinet and the insides are that factory tan color. The backsplash is faux brick and the counter top is the more inexpensive compressed “in stock” laminated countertops you’d find at places like Lowe’s and Home Depot.


Butler Pantry Makeover

I began with painting the cabinets. All of the doors and drawers were taken off, cleaned and prepared for paint. I was able to take the drawer fronts off of the drawers.

Butler Pantry Makeover

I used a recommended primer for cabinets and Behr cabinet paint. Every bit of them had to be painted white. I knew this would make the kitchen much brighter and cleaner feeling.  I’m already seeing my vision!

The photo below came out a little blurry, but you get the idea.  Love my Keurig coffee pot and Advil in the photo!  Ignore the floor, that got changed too!  The next day, everything got a second coat.  All together, two coats of primer and two coats of paint.

Butler Pantry Makeover

So much brighter!  I’m thinking of future decor options now!  Countertop, backsplash and wall paint is next!

Now that the painting is complete, I started working on the backsplash. There will be much more about the backsplash on the upcoming kitchen blog post but I wanted to show a little bit about the process here.

The countertop went in and the backsplash began.

Brick Backsplash

After removing the faux brick, I began with the real deal. I used Italian 1/4 inch real brick I found at Home Depot. Spacers are a must for this project. I used an adhesive on the back of each tile and started from the bottom working my way up. The next day, I grouted all of the brick tiles with white grout. It was a pretty straight forward and easy process.

Brick Backsplash

The under cabinet led lighting gives it a nice glow at night. I’m still looking for the perfect knobs and handles!

Under cabinet lighting

Before and After!

Butler Pantry Makeover

Butler Pantry

I hope you are inspired!

Jeanne Marie – The Practical Fanatic