German Pantry

Hello sweet blogging friends.

I had to leave my sweet German Armoire that we made into a pantry for JCC#3.   It unfortunately was going to be too big for the new house.  

I found a good home for this beautiful piece so that made me feel good.

Terry and I found another German made Armoire on Offer Up.

This is the armoire when we purchased it on Offer Up.

Terry took the armoire apart and cut it down to fit in this space in the back of the new kitchen.

This was where the previous owner had a bench and hooks for coats.

 I needed a pantry for storage and we also needed a closet for our winter coats and shoes.

One side will have shelves and the other side will have a coat closet.

This is the pretty pattern of the wood.

This is how it looks now. 
We are going to put in the shelves and coat closet this weekend.

Terry is adding crown molding to the top of the armoire.

It will give it a more finished look.

I have these vintage knobs for the doors.

I debated on leaving the natural wood color on the armoire since it was similar to the french bench color.

It really has too many scratches and wear. 

Plus the new crown would not stain to the exact color of the armoire. 

It will get painted white!

I hope to have this done with the shelves in and it finished with a pretty white paint this weekend.

When you live small you have to figure ways to use every sq. inch of your space. 

I will show you pictures when it is all done.

This is our before bathroom picture. 

This has been totally re loved. 

New flooring, new bathtub and surround, a new vanity and mirror and light.
It was a complete re love.  I will have pictures of this transformation soon.

Everything you see in this picture is gone!!!!

Have a great weekend.


  1. Living small does mean having to be creative. Looks like you found the perfect piece for your needs. xo Laura

  2. KRIS!

    OK, I had forgotten about that perfect, fabulous French bench! But you are right, with the scratches and the new crown molding on the armoire, keeping it natural wood wouldn't work. So white it is! Once again, you both are utilizing each inch of your space to the best possible degree and it's working. And now the bathroom? COME ON, let's see! Looking really, really good here!

  3. Kris, you and Terry are true visionaries! How you keep coming up with such amazing ideas and then making magic happen from them is truly miraculous! Can't wait to see everything finished! Have a great weekend!

  4. That man of yours is very talented!!! Can't wait to see the finished product and the new bathroom, too. Have a wonderful weekend Kris!

  5. Your new pantry looks amazing....I can't wait to see it all painted white!!! I absolutely love your French bench too. Can't wait to see the bathroom and how you worked your magic.

  6. Kris, Some times you make me laugh and other you make me feel so lazy. LOL. I just imagine all Terry's tools with smoke rolling of them from always being in use. LOL. You do so much, that I feel like a never do a thing, compared to you. LOL. You know it all shows house is already looking personalized. I really like that new cabinet. Can not wait to see the bathroom make over. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  7. Kris, that is a beautiful piece. We had one years ago quite similar. It is making great use of the space you have and I look forward to seeing it all done and the bath as well. You are such hard workers..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  8. Oh your new house is coming together so beautifully. I love the new armoire and it will be wonderful as a dual purpose unit.

  9. The armoire is perfect! You are one lucky lady to have such a talented hubby!!!!! I cannot wait to see more. xo

  10. This is/will be amazing. I agree, it needs to be white, but the wonderful design on the wood will still be seen. This is such a great idea for a combo closet-pantry. Terry is a genius!

  11. Hi Kris, wow you and Terry are working so hard again on #4! I can't wait to see what you both do with the armoire and the bathroom. I do hope you both will be able to rest and enjoy your new home soon! Thanks so much for the blog visit today. I hope you will like the soap if you buy it. It makes a lot of lather and I really like it. Take care and hugs. Julie xo

  12. Love the way you're going with the crown on top of the cabinet. You always have such good makeover ideas!

  13. That crown at the top totally transforms the piece. Definitely white.

  14. You two are amazing! How lucky to find the perfect piece. It's going to look fantastic! Can't wait to see.

  15. Terry is amazing with his talent. I don't know if John could take an entire piece apart and cut it to size. It's a beautiful piece.

    Love the bench did I miss that along the way?

    Can't wait to see the projects.



  16. Oh, Kris, I love that closet and how Terry remade it for that niche! And I don't remember that French bench - is that new too? Love them both. Can't wait to see your bath.

  17. You find such beautiful pieces! I can't wait to see more.

  18. I love looking at your downsizing ideas. We downsized 2 and one half years ago and I miss my basement! Nancy

  19. As always, you guys are incredible. I can't believe how perfectly that armoire fits into your space. And the bathroom is already totally redone?! We've lived here 29 years and our bathrooms still aren't done, lol.

  20. That armoire is just perfect for your new pantry...looks like a built-in! Looking forward to see the finished product!

  21. Very nice post. Thanks for sharing with us.

  22. Look forward to seeing more photographs!

  23. Wow that pantry just fits that spot so perfectly. You are so lucky that Terry is so handy! Looking forward to the transformation of the pantry and the bathroom!

  24. Beautiful, you are truly so creative turning that armoire into a welcoming entryway coat closet and pantry. Is there anything you two can't do?? And I can't wait to see that bathroom!

  25. I can't wait to see the armoire painted white, Kris. I bet your bathroom is darling! Everything you and Terry do always turns out so beautiful!! Enjoy the rest of your week. xo

  26. Every decorator needs a Terry in their life. What he has done with the cabinet is fabulous.

  27. Hello,
    I am catching up on the blog. WOW, you both are amazing. I can not wait to see the entire house.

  28. You are so good at finding creative ways to use space. Looking forward to the white makeover!