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« on: May 20, 2017 11:16:41 AM »

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What I did:
- The floor was bare, so I used a leftover piece of vinyl from the living room to cover the floor
- As you can see in the first picture, the green paint chipped. The grain paint was actually acrylic paint over traditional limewash, which is why it's chipped (it's an old house). I removed this acrylic layer, which was easy because it was a completely seperate layer and it nearly fell off just from touching it. Then I had a limewashed wall. I didn't want to keep it that way, as it leaves white marks when you touch it, but removing it completely would be a lot of work. Beneath the limewash there's only the red brick. The only type of paint you can paint directly onto limewash is chalk paint, which is what I did. It still looks like limewash, but it doesn't leave white marks and doesn't come off when you spill some water over it. I did two layers on the wall and four layers on the (wood) stairs. The stairs had big water marks on them from the previous owner accidentally tipping a bucket of water over the stairs. I didn't manage to cover the stains completely, but I didn't want to buy another can just to paint the ceiling of my pantry.
- I chose a modular shelving system so we can adapt the space in the future if necessary, but it required some 40 large 10mm holes to be drilled into a brick wall. That was about 80% of the work. It didn't help I had to recharge my cordless drill/driver a few times. Installing the actual shelves only took a couple of minutes. My local store cuts them to size for free.

(It's an old house, we had it checked out thorougly before we bought it and the water marks especially, but according to the experts the bucket of water story checks out. I love my old house and renovating it, but you really do need a proper inspection before you buy it to really know what you're getting yourself into).
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2017 11:27:37 AM »

Big improvement! We have a similar under-stairs pantry in our place and it makes a BIG difference the volume of kitchen storage we have. Ours still needs a freshening up and you're contributing to my desire to get on it!
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2017 02:20:47 PM »

You did a great job!
It looks much better.
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2017 04:53:06 PM »

Your pantry re-do looks fantastic! Adding the shelves was a great idea.
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2017 07:47:49 AM »

Thanks! I'm really happy with it too. It wasn't even that much work but it really has improved our home. We have a small kitchen so I love the extra storage space. It took me about ten days all in all, just an hour here or there after work.


Big improvement! We have a similar under-stairs pantry in our place and it makes a BIG difference the volume of kitchen storage we have. Ours still needs a freshening up and you're contributing to my desire to get on it!

I just had a look at your blog and it seems we're both renovating an old house. I'm really happy with our house and I love all the DIY, but I absolutely underestimated the amount of work.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2017 08:48:53 AM »

Thanks! I'm really happy with it too. It wasn't even that much work but it really has improved our home. We have a small kitchen so I love the extra storage space. It took me about ten days all in all, just an hour here or there after work.


Big improvement! We have a similar under-stairs pantry in our place and it makes a BIG difference the volume of kitchen storage we have. Ours still needs a freshening up and you're contributing to my desire to get on it!

I just had a look at your blog and it seems we're both renovating an old house. I'm really happy with our house and I love all the DIY, but I absolutely underestimated the amount of work.

Yes, indeed. Of course, I mostly have myself to blame for the increasingly long and involved list of projects. Well, I can blame The ManFlesh some, too. Wink After my curtain rods and tiebacks, I have screendoors and some guestroom projects. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2017 08:28:22 AM »

Wow, what a difference!  Just the paint made a huge impact.  I love that shelving, too.
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2017 08:34:27 PM »

Like the others, I'm a fan of the shelving! Repainting was definitely the way to go as well.
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2017 11:28:11 AM »

Amazing what a little touch up can do, great job!
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