The Cross House
So, my last post was about repairing my karma.
I am going to reverse a change I made two years ago, a change which entailed removing a portion of the original butler’s pantry along its west wall.
The bits which were removed were stored with the idea that a later owner could reverse my decision, but now, rather unexpectedly, I am that owner. The change had been made after two years of deliberation as it seemed vital to significantly improve the traffic flow of the house, from 1894 flow to 21st-century flow.
But then…I changed my mind.
Dr. Doug has a couple of other bits with him, too. Thus, the only bits missing are those two small squares just above the six drawers (to left and right). See? But I can easily fill in those small cut-outs (which were made so the counter could be removed).
When all is done, there will be little evidence that anything was ever removed. And when long-lost bits on the south wall (to the far left the above image) are recreated, the pantry will actually be in more original condition than when I purchased the house.
I plan to infill the opening with plaster on lath. When this is done, there should, again, be very little evidence that anything was ever changed.
A part of this project will be to recreate the eccentric “arch” which was removed before I purchased the house:
Recreating the lost “arch” was one of the motivations for reversing the change I made to the butler’s pantry. It will be quite the thrill seeing it return!
Dr. Doug will have the new bits in a few weeks, so the pantry will be lookin’ good soon! Of course, it will take time to do all the refinishing but one day, one day, the pantry will be akin to….