Sunday, June 7, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday: Under $50 Pantry Spiff Up


I had another project lined up for this week's Met Monday, but I found vintage draperies and my plans did a 180. I couldn't wait to hang them...but I'm pretty terrible at this stuff. I'm waiting for Dr. Gollum to hang the REAL drapery rod (I've just got 2 big nails up there), but I couldn't wait for the next Metamorphosis Monday to show the "finished" project. Here it is, almost finished.

Now, let's go back in time....
This is a before picture (before I put the Ironstone in here, even). The window is off center, making it difficult to place a curtain rod. Also, the cabinet doors would knock into a rod. After we moved in, I decided I'd be better off without draperies. The Yorkies wouldn't feel compelled to "water" them, and it would be one less thing to vacuum.


Yesterday, I found vintage draperies at the antique mall--just one pair, about 90" long, $24 for two (narrow) panels.The toile pattern was so pretty. It had taupey-brown-grays and orange, and these are colors in adjacent rooms.
Perfect!

I bought the rods at K-Mart (and could have kicked myself later when I saw the same rods for a whole lot less at Big Lots). I haven't put up the hardware, and I'm not going to. This is a job for Dr. Gollum! So the rod is balanced on two humongous nails.
Dr. Gollum wasn't thrilled with the "side sweep" until I explained that the draperies just weren't long enough (and I couldn't hang them lower due to the cabinet door dilemma). He's still standing in the door to the pantry, eyeing those off-center draperies. :-)
I bought the tieback at Big Lots.
It's drop dead gorgeous--and was $4.99.
I love the intricate details in the toile.
Up close, whoa, the orange is, well, orange...Go Vols!
From the doorway, it's all muted. Honest it is, Dr. Gollum. :-)
The painting was already here--so was the orange rabbit lamp. This was MEANT TO BE. :-)
I went back and bought vintage draperies for the basement plant room. They're not long enough, but that's how it is with vintage things.
I have rods, nails, and Dr. Gollum. Hopefully we'll have them ready for the next Met Monday. Please visit Susan's lovely blog, Between Naps on the Porch, for more Met Monday projects.

P.S. Here are the darling curtain rods at Big Lots...$8. I'm going back!

61 comments:

  1. Wowzer! That is the most beautiful pantry I have ever seen!

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  2. where are all the crumbs???? I thought those were a fixture in a pantry...at least in mine! I vacuum them up...and they miraculously show back up....
    this looks wonderful girl....have a great day!

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  3. I agree that this is one SPECTACULAR pantry!!! My eyes are GREEN with envy! The drapes are GORGEOUS, the detail is stunning! I will be going to BL, cause we are in the midst of trying to find several pair of drapes for 2 bedrooms so $8.00 sounds MAGNIFIQUE!!!!! GREAT Met MOnday post, G. Love, XOXO, Pinky

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  4. Looks fantastic! I just love that you love Big Lots just like me. I had a friend call today, she was just at our local BL and she said they lots of really nice wedding "stuff" for very cheap. And since my son is getting engaged this summer, she thought of me, how sweet, I gotta get there! Sue

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  5. This is a real life butler's pantry isn't it? What an amazing space to have in your home!

    Very pretty-

    Laura

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  6. I was thinking to myself - those drapes were meant to be and then there you go - You go and write that out-loud! Huh! Jacob is out of school on Wednesday, and I am off this week starting on Tuesday - and I found a Big Lots about 20 miles away! Jacob can drive me there -woo hoo! ~ Robyn

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  7. Michael...these draperies WERE meant to be...they are perfect with your painting and lamp! I love, love, love the fabric! Mr. G will warm up to them, I just know it! :-)

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  8. That is a beautiful space -- I love the drapes -- they are PERFECT for that space!

    Isn't it great when "A plan comes together?"

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  9. Absolutely beautiful! And don't you just love the stuff you can find at Big Lots!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. The fabric in this 'off-center' drapery is perfect for the space! You have the most amazing ability to find just the right touches for your home.

    I can't even see the humongous nails so if Dr. G doesn't get to that task soon, all is well.

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  11. I love when you stumble across the perfect thing for a room. This area is just stunning!!!
    Gosh I wish I had a Big Lots!!

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  12. Lovely, lovely, lovely! Lucky you! A great find to be sure. They finish off the space perfectly.

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  13. Those draperies are beautiful, and fit in perfectly. I'd love to have a pantry like that.

    By the way, I was just thinking earlier today that we've seen Mister in a while. What's he been up to?

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  14. I'm so glad yall like the off center draperies! Tammy, Mister is sleeping on my feet, and he's snoring. He needs for his mother to give him a summer hair-do. Thanks for asking about him!

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  15. Evening, Dear Gollum! Oh, how wonderful! I love this fabric on your olden drapes and they look so elegant in your elegant pantry! Huge ole nail will work for a while! LOL
    Now I've decided - you're the spokesperson for Big Lots and I'm the spokesperson for Marshalls! Why don't we get a kickback? Is that the right word? :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  16. I have to admit to being quite jealous of that pantry! It looks great and I love the off center look. Perfect!!!

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  17. Such a gorgeous pantry, and I love the drapes. The colors are perfect and all the storage is fabulous. I love the painting and the lovely book stand. Just stunning. Hugs, Marty

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  18. Oh, Shelia, they should hire us! I told the manager at BL that I was posting pictures of their store on my blog...but she wouldn't budge. She wouldn't let me take the white bench that was put together. She said I had to get one in the box, lol, and Dr. G said he wasn't up to it, what with the drapery frenzy going on. :-) It was a cute bench. ::sigh::

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  19. P.S.Mari, you've got that gorgeous Wall of Shame! I love it.

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  20. LOve at first sight ....and what great deal... and it all looks made for each other... vintage drapes are just so lovely....

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  21. Yep, it was meant to be! And if they were any longer, the little boys would be watering like crazy trying to out do each other! ☺ Diane

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  22. That's your pantry? Holy cow! Beautiful!

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  23. Hmmm... I haven't been quite as lucky at my Big Lots, but you give me inpspiration to go back! I did get a lovely faux rattan love seat there, but never saw your great china buy or those awesome tie backs. Love your change. Looks like it was meant to be! Come visit my blog, I'm just starting

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  24. Love how wonderfully it turned out - looks so rich and gorgeous!

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  25. Ok - no fair-sies. Your "pantry" is prettier than many of the rooms in my home. (let's start with my really ugly guest room) I love the vintage toile. Love, love, love it! I mean this only as complimentary - but they are sooo Gollum. LOL The colors are idea as well as , the style.

    What great finds. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Barb

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  26. That drapery fabric is fabulous. What a terrific find. I really regret not finding a spot for a pantry in our house plans. What was I thinking??? This is such a wonderful storage space...Nancy

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  27. Our town's Big Lots closed... I love the tieback! Now I feel deprived! Big Lots, come back!!!

    Those vintage draperies that are too short... maybe you can lengthen them. A friend who makes draperies explained to me a way to lengthen some brown velvet draperies from Pottery Barn. I bought a complementary fabric and cording (the 1/2 inch kind that goes around pillows). I cut the draperies off so they were 18" too short. Then I covered the cording with bias fabric and put it in the seam as I sewed the contrasting fabric to the bottom of the original draperies. Since these draperies were lined, I had to lengthen the lining too. The cording added a finishing touch and the draperies look as though the additional fabric was a planned feature.

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  28. That is a pantry? It is gorgeous and your draperies make it even more so. I love the vintage toile, it is so colorful and just so pretty. hugs, ~cindy s~

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  29. I love the drapery, Gollum. What a pretty print! You have a very beautiful pantry...Christine

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  30. I love the draperies being "off center". It balances the pantry cabinets. What a beautiful space!
    ~Sherrie

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  31. Awesome pantry! Love the curtains and your great find in the tassel! Beautiful!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Karyn

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  32. GOLLUM! Those curtains are amazing! I love them! :) Vintage curtains are so touch and go, but when you can score great fabric and patterns like you did ... it's magical! I love the metamorphosis. A great room gets even better ...

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  33. Gollum, The drapes were definitely meant to be found by you,,,with the picture and the rabbit, it all looks great together. Wonderful Butler's pantry. Thanks for sharing your pantry spiff up.

    Happy Met Monday.

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  34. Now THAT'S my idea of a pantry!!! I love everything about it. It looks like there is a corner past the pantry. Does it lead anywhere?

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  35. Those are perfect. I like the sidesweep.... some things just come with time... Dr. G, just a bit of time!

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  36. oh my, I hope we have the daisy items by us, they would be PERFECT for a another luncheon! Thanks for sharing! Sue

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  37. I absolutely love those drapes. You have a wonderful eye for color.

    And, I love the side swipe drape.

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  38. Beautiful, beautiful drapes, pantry, painting, tassel etc, etc.
    Great look, you did wonderful!!!
    kate

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  39. I love those vintage drapes. And I am so not a symmetrical type of a gal, so I love the side sweep too. And I could SWEAR that my dear Auntie Connia had the same drapes in her house vay back in zee fiftees!!!

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  40. This is gorgeous! I love the pantry, the stoneware, the draperies...love it all!!

    This post would be great for Rhoda's Thrifty Treasures!

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  41. What a beautiful pantry, I love the oil painting and book drop in there...The curtains are a great addition!

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  42. Your pantry is amazing! I love every detail. :)

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  43. This looks so beautiful!!! Wonderful deatails in your pantry!!! The fabric for the curtains is sooo yummy I love the orange and the green...two of my favorite shades!!!

    Enjoy the day!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  44. Your pantry is beautiful! I really need to make a trip to Big Lots - have not been in a while. I'm reading "Crazy Ladies" now. :)
    Glenda

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  45. The room was lovely before drapes,but not it is even more so! I just love vintage fabrics.And Big Lots too...

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  46. Your new draperies are gorgeous and dramatic Gollum! As are the tie-backs! They add such flair to an already pretty pantry. (My high school mascot were the Bowie Volunteers! Lol)
    Orange just warms up a space...it used to be one of my least favorite colors and now I can't get enough of it! I keep sneaking it in in all my rooms. :-) L~

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  47. I absolutely love the addition of the drape panels. Tell your sweetie asymmetrical is in!!!

    Karen
    My Desert Cottage

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  48. Love the look . Score on the drapes. Love the Mad World song playing but i like when Adam sings it better. lol. mishelle

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  49. Gollum, get out of here! You found those tiebacks at BIG LOTS??? I am heading there tomorrow! They really ought to compensate you for being their spokeswoman!

    And those drapes are a fabulous find! I adore the way they are swept back. Love the fabric SO much. Dr. Gollum needs to understand that when a group of women go crazy over something it is meant to be! LOL! And add me to the list of those who are crazy for this!

    We are looking into getting two yorkies. Are they bad about watering? There are several breeds under consideration, but I have fallen in love with teacup yorkies! You can put them in your purse and go! LOL! ;-)

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  50. The new drapes are the topping on the cake to me! I just LOOOVE them! The pattern is gorgeous! And the off center thing....I think it is perfect and seems PLANNED!!!:):) Dr. G. will end up loving them too! You sure do find some awesome bargains, I am jealous:):) Hugs, Pinky

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  51. I love your toile--it's different from the usual. your comments about Dr. G remind me of my husband. Just when I think he wouldn't notice if I dyed my hair green, he notices some minute detail and, of course, has an opinion :) It looks great!

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  52. Great job on your project - and amazing job on the photography! You have a real eye.

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  53. * PERFECTION! A class act, as ALWAYS, Madam Gollum!!! LOVE the new "header", too! XOXO, Linda *

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  54. Love the curtain panel! Love it!!! The colors are scrumptious!
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  55. ooh those go so well with your painting in there, awesome price too, what a steal deal!

    Buffie :)

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  56. Those draperies were such a wonderful find! They look like a barkcloth (sp?), which I think is such a wonderful weight, and I LUV that toile pattern on them. I like them swept to the side. It makes the window look wider than it would if there were panels on each side, and that tie back is so pretty. Amazing what one piece of fabric can do in a room. (BTW, I had some vintage drapes that were too short, and I hot glued deep fringe on the bottom to make them work-it could even be sewed on, but sadly, not by me!). laurie

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  57. Forgot to tell you, your blog looks great! laurie

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  58. Great morph, Mrs. Gollum! The pantry is very elegant! The drape and tassel are divine!

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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