Vintage Kitchen Pantry

September 19th, 2016 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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FINALLY! Filled with all the necessities we use everyday.
This entire project was designed around three Coca-Cola bottle openers I found at a flea market, which dictated the overall Coca-Cola theme. So in keeping with tradition I painted text that Coke typically uses in their advertising...Refreshing~ICE COLD~Delicious.
The old refrigerator drawers are perfect for storing fruits and veggies. Now isn’t that a surprise.
The Coke sign is new and cost $5.00. I beat it up and left it outside for a couple of weeks to age. See what New England weather will do to ya.
I’ll bet no one remembers when Fleischmann’s filled their yeast tins with coins. I don’t think they ever really did, but it does make a great piggy bank.
Ive never distressed one of my creations as much as this one. It had to have the look of shopping carts smashing into it for the last 75 years.
I dont think I beat it up enough. It only looks like 62 years of distress.
Recycled elements. This old Maxwell House jar holds sugar.
The vintage Saltine tins hold flour and guess what…Saltines.
All the lettering was traced onto the wood using plastic stencils and then hand painted. The stencils are available in lots of different fonts and sizes. 
It adds a vintage contrast to an otherwise sleek kitchen.
FINALLY! Filled with all the necessities we use everyday.

FINALLY! Filled with all the necessities we use everyday.

Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2010)

Y’all know how much I like junk (little bit) and sometimes I just can’t find the exact piece I’m looking for. This happened to be the case with my latest project. I needed a large storage unit for my kitchen to function as an open pantry. It had to be a specific size, have large shelves and lots of storage capacity. And most importantly…LOOK OLD. What are the odds of finding that?
So after years of searching with no luck I decided to build it myself. It’s constructed of 2x4’s, plywood, 1x12’s and lots of miscellaneous pine boards. The entire piece is painted white with black accents and then the most important part…MADE TO LOOK OLD. I let this baby have it good. It took one major beating after another until I achieved the perfect time-worn finish.

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2010)
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Comments (66)

oregonfan writes: This the best example of vintage style I have ever seen. Would love to make something even half as good. Posted: 4:52 pm on August 4th
Dominique writes: Oh...MY...God...! This is the most amazing piece of furniture I have EVER seen! We need to talk.

Dominique... Posted: 6:10 pm on December 16th
MarcioWilges writes: Anything vintage always looks good and this storage cabinet just proved this point. It really gives the kitchen a cozy and homely feel while providing an ample amount of space to store the kitchen necessities and other equipment. Moving the items around in an orderly fashion is also necessary to ensure that there will not be a clutter and be an unsightly scene to see when guests come over. Posted: 9:29 pm on March 24th
DunhamDesigns writes: Jim, this is so amazing. You do beautiful work.

Posted: 8:11 pm on March 20th
WastedAway writes: This is one of the most incredible pieces I have EVER seen! It's like you went back in time, filled your mind with inspiration, and built.

Posted: 12:18 pm on March 14th
DesignTurnpike writes: Awesome!

Posted: 8:07 am on March 13th
suziart writes: Still a fabulous creation...and the old vegetable drawers are such a clever idea.

Posted: 8:44 am on February 25th
just_old_stuff writes: OK...this is the MOST amazing piece I have ever seen! I would LOOOOVE to have this in MY kitchen. Your antiquing process is too fantastic for words. Beautiful work, Jim.
Posted: 10:53 am on November 11th
EdwardThirlwall writes: How much time did you spend beating this thing up! I would NOT have been able to tell that this was a brand new piece of furniture if you haven't said! But what a classic piece o f storage. Posted: 1:02 am on August 27th
Dinantiques writes: The reason I just joined Junk Market Style was to comment on this pantry!!!
It is the coolest kitchen unit I have EVER seen. Mr. Healy, you have created a masterpiece of beauty, functionality and nostalgia and mastered the art of aging wood to perfection.
You are one talented builder...and architect too!


Posted: 10:34 am on June 5th
suziart writes: This is spectacular!!! And I can't believe you made this and it is so authenic looking!! But then everything you touch, turns into magic!
suZi Posted: 6:17 am on July 17th
DecorMadeSimple writes: Love it! Great job making the shelf unit look old. Nice touch with the vintage bottle openers. Posted: 7:07 am on March 19th
Junky_Jolie writes: Jim,I love this pantry. The black & white color scheme is perfect and so authentic looking.

Posted: 4:11 pm on December 15th
Samantha writes: I just read the wonderful article about you in Create and Decorate magazine. Your talent is truly inspiring and comes from deep within your soul. The "Coke" pantry IS a masterpiece! Your ability to create an antique appearance with new materials is astounding. We're very interested in chatting with you about applying your creativity within our company.


Posted: 3:50 am on August 1st
Lionessak writes: Loooove this project! Right up my alley :)
I wish my husband enjoyed making this kind of projects as much as you do! Posted: 12:52 pm on April 17th
sandyrae writes: uhhhh yeah.... ditto on what they all said! Posted: 2:49 pm on March 30th
LisaLoria writes: This is unbelievably COOL!
Would LOVE to have it in my home! Posted: 8:00 pm on March 11th
junktiquegirl writes: THIS IS AWESOME! i love, love, love it!! Posted: 3:48 pm on February 20th
pinkamingo writes: This is EXACTLY what I am looking for to put in my kitchen! I love the look of old and I even have the antique Coke items! You wouldn't happen to have dimensions and supplies needed to build this, would you??? Fabulous! Posted: 12:36 pm on February 15th
junkistah writes: love what you did! pretty neat... Posted: 3:15 am on February 6th
eclecticlythrifty writes: Unbelieveable! What a fabulous piece of furniture - there is only one problem with it.... it isn't in my house!!! :0P I absolutely love, love. love what you have built. The lines are beautiful, the open shelving great, and the colors event match my kitchen! Superb! - angel Posted: 4:41 pm on January 26th
mama4k writes: Incredible!!!!! Posted: 6:06 pm on January 13th
JunknStuff writes: I suppose you know....this is FAB-U-LOUS!!!!! <3 Posted: 2:13 pm on December 4th
1retrogal writes: What a cool piece!! You did a wonderful job. I thought your Fleischmenn's tin
was for catching the bottle caps! Posted: 2:46 pm on November 13th
Junktiquer writes: WOW,...super nice job! I need one of these! Posted: 7:46 am on November 11th
ElaineCan writes: This is terrific!!! Nice way to pull in the different textures and words and WOW! The only other thing I'd do if it were mine was have it be PEPSI logos - wonderful job. Posted: 4:39 pm on November 4th
grabe writes: the coolest!!! Posted: 7:58 pm on August 21st
DarbyGirl writes: Jim, fab piece. Alot of hard work to get the perfect piece. It makes it worth the effort! Well done. Posted: 11:07 pm on July 29th
TracyMB writes: Wow.... this is AMAZING! :) Posted: 10:57 pm on July 26th
junkermidge writes: Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
Midgley Posted: 9:49 pm on July 23rd
Cali_Junk writes: I think we would all love to have this in our kitchen. It truly is a masterpiece.

Posted: 5:44 pm on July 22nd
byabpryor writes: Wow Jim this is amazing. You did a wonder job>>>>wow...I'm speechless. Posted: 11:41 am on July 22nd
racers7 writes: As usual, a testament to the creativity that flows from some people from within! I always love your inspiring creations! Melody Posted: 4:29 pm on July 21st
DesignTurnpike writes: Absolutely awesome. I love every aspect of it. Your weathering technique is perfect. Thanks so much for posting this and taking the time to write such interesting descriptions. Posted: 3:21 pm on July 21st
Grasshopper22 writes: How original and the curved shelves on the sides and the straight angle for the base. Posted: 8:36 am on July 18th
bluebucket writes: What's left to say that hasn't been said? This is an awesome piece; looks like it came straight out of grocery store from a different era. Love it!!!! Posted: 11:48 pm on July 16th
alicemom writes: Oh Jim,
You are spot on! It is fabulous! My house could always use a "Jimn'up". SO if you are ever on the road to Texas............
Smiles, alice Posted: 11:12 pm on July 16th
EmmasNookandGranny writes: I know you've heard this a time or two already, but I've just gotta say this piece is soooooo awesome!!! And I love the way you accessorized it. It is perfect!! Posted: 8:55 pm on July 15th
xntric1 writes: Until this piece, I have been a lurker-member. Admiring everyones from afar. I had to post that I really love this piece. Great work and great eye for the details. Posted: 7:51 pm on July 15th
AtticusFinch writes: Good job Jim, that is awesome. It looks like it came out of a Piggly Wiggly (a grocery store) back in the 60s.

Sheri Posted: 4:53 pm on July 15th
Cali_Junk writes: Oh my my! This is the most amazing kitchen pantry ever. I would love to peek in your brain to see where all this comes from. Posted: 10:00 am on July 15th
artteachergirl writes: Love this Jim!! So unique...and to think it was designed around the bottle openers. Do you think you can have one built for me within the next few weeks? I already have several of the bottle openers. You could meet us at the *RUST* bridge, and we'd pick it up on our next trip up to Maine...get busy! LOL! Just kidding! Amazing piece!!! Vicki Posted: 12:24 am on July 15th
SnowmanHill writes: What is there left to say, maybe FANTABULOUS!!! You did such a great job on this piece. I love the old frig. drawers. I have some of them in my garage holding junk. The design is just awesome. You get an A+++ on this one.

:-) Posted: 5:44 pm on July 14th
shabbychick writes: OK...Just call me "Speechless in Ohio"...this whole thing is too cool for words.

I just know I love it - and how it's displayed, and that it's such a practical piece of furniture - WOW!

Amazing doesn't even describe it!

Kathy Posted: 4:14 pm on July 14th
NDJunkGirl writes: Wow! What I like about this piece is the fact it's big, yet isn't so massive. Fits perfect on that wall! Of course the shabbiness of it is totally cool. Thanks for sharing! Andrea Posted: 2:19 pm on July 14th
suewhitney writes: Oooo la la la my friend. Love everything about this!

Be Well
Sue Posted: 12:34 pm on July 14th
JunkArchitect writes: Thank you for all your positive feedback.


Posted: 11:18 am on July 14th
Tess1960 writes: Wow, This looks great. And...I have that same Cracker tin. My girls wanted to throw it away when they helped clean a few summers back. No way!! I still use it to hold crackers in. Seeing this system without the explanation I definitely would have guessed it was VERY old. Great job!! Posted: 10:14 am on July 14th
JunkinLindsey writes: This is oh so wonderful. My favorite... the comment about the shopping carts. I was at an Albertson's the other day and could have stolen this rusty old produce cart they had just sitting there, that must have gotten years of use (and would have made a really cool island for a kitchen or studio). Activity and work really wear the life into things, and I wonder why that resonates so much with us junkers. Beautiful piece. Posted: 9:58 am on July 14th
karilelek writes: You have been a busy man creating such a masterpiece, hats off to you. Posted: 11:42 pm on July 13th
ninnarae writes: This is just the coolest piece ever...I can't even tell you how much I love this!! Posted: 5:22 pm on July 13th
TinTinJunkFan writes: Love love love this! You have FABULOUS vision...this is my favorite along with that hutch you built for your bottle collection....they would pair nicely together! Posted: 3:22 pm on July 13th
berton718 writes: Jim,
This is wonderful!! You are truly AMAZING!! Keep the inspiration coming!! Posted: 1:57 pm on July 13th
oldnews writes: THIS is fabulous!! Nothin else to say, because it's all been said! Marie Posted: 1:53 pm on July 13th
RustyDiva writes: Jim,
You are kind of the Elvis of the JMS world. I can just see (read)the women screaming and crying your name because of the projects you rock!!! This is no exception. LOVE!! It is stunning!! I actually thought the entire thing was metal. Your "aging" technique is brilliant and I love the custom fit to your space. Perfect job!!!

Kenda Posted: 10:54 am on July 13th
CottageElements writes: Wowzers, Jim! You be the dream husband for a junker! I could just hear it, "Honey, could you please whip me up this little ole shelf?" "Poof". Done. LOL! Seriously, this piece is amazing! You'd never know it was a newly built piece. You've really blown us away on this one.

Lani Posted: 10:51 am on July 13th
tibbyg writes: Reminds me of when we called them Ice Boxes, not fridges! LOVE your Mimbreno ware! All great goodies. Posted: 10:04 am on July 13th
BillyJo writes: Heh Jim. You did a great job. I thought it was an antique until you told me. Love it. BillyJo Posted: 9:34 am on July 13th
leesee64 writes: LOVE IT, WANT IT, LOVE IT, WANT IT! Would you consider moving to Virginia? EVERYTHING you create is PERFECT!!!! Posted: 9:31 am on July 13th
chippingcharm writes: Wow, wow, wow...such a cool piece, perfectly "aged" and I love all of your vintage storage ideas! Thanks for more inspiration Jim...makes me want to get out to my garage and "rough" something up ;) Laurel Posted: 8:32 am on July 13th
SantaClaus writes: You are so talented - it looks old - love it! Posted: 8:27 am on July 13th
itsnotjunk2me writes: once again, you have amazed me with your talent for taking new and making it look old! you rock when it comes to vintage projects. love the attention to detail and the metal accents.

i spy soda bottles...from your vast collection? ;)

and you travel for hire? we have a bath reno that could use your eye for design! using vintage tub, sink & throne in a 5 x 7 floorspace...and hoping to pull it off in JMS style.

judi ;) Posted: 7:58 am on July 13th
vanj writes: Well you've done it AGAIN Jim!!! I'll be packing my bags and
should arrive shortly!!! Vanessa Posted: 7:09 am on July 13th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: Oh. My. Distressed. KITCHEN!!

Insane. I would have never picked up that the shelving unit was new. Not on your life. You did a fabulous beating job! (I'll always be your friend forever I promise)

I'm totally stunned and in love with this piece. The retro black and white is too cool.

Too bad you don't live next door. My NASA station needs your touch.

Posted: 1:58 am on July 13th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: Wow Jim what a kitchen.I like the size of this and how you put that alltogether.PLENTY OF ROOM. Thats awesome what you did.Whats neat that its your own design.LOVE IT GOD BLESS ROBERT. Posted: 12:48 am on July 13th
Prior writes: My very favorite so far...this is me, my style...I LOVE LOVE LOVE it...Lezlee Posted: 12:30 am on July 13th
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