Pantry construction is almost complete and ready for staining. The crown molding is up on the pantry cupboard side.
The other side of the room was more challenging. There were a few obstacles to work around. Both the electrical panel and the access panel to the refrigerator are on this wall. We could have just walled it off and made the whole thing into a closet with bi-fold doors, but it wouldn't really fit with the age of the house. So here's what we came up with.
Storage cubbies dividing the two access panel areas, with hanging coat storage on either side and room for baskets with hats, mittens, etc. above. We moved one of our benches from the mud room in just to see if it would fit. I think I'm going to ask him to build a sturdy shelf for boots, etc. instead though.