Farmhouse Pantry Door

Friday, December 2, 2016

So one thing that I wanted to make my own was the pantry door. Like so many of you, we have builder grade, 6 panel, interior doors. Now, theres nothing inherently wrong with these doors but theres not much you can do with them. You know the ones... Aside from flat slab doors, these are the most basic builder grade, non-farmhouse doors known to man. Boring...

Now, I love me a beautiful farmhouse door like this one, especially for a pantry door. Who doesn't? Replacing the door itself wasn't in the cards at this time so I was stuck with my boring 6 panel door. So I painted it! Mustard Yellow. I thought it would be the perfect fun pop of vintage vibe. I removed the door and hinges, gave it some sanding to remove the original finish, grabbed my trusty paint brush and went at it. It was sure yellow...

Not bad, not great. It looks just like it sounds... a yellow door. At this point I knew we'd be painting the walls in the greige family (more on that later), so I was excited to see it start to come together with the walls. Needless to say, after living with it for a while, I wasn't feeling it. Insert eye roll by Adam. 

This time, I wanted to find a way to alter the look of the door, but not just with paint. I really wanted more of the rustic farmhouse look. So once again, the door came off and the yellow got sanded down. First with 60 grit to strip the paint, then with 220 grit to get it nice and smooth. Once that was cleaned up, I started looking around the garage to see what I had on hand. I had some scrap underlayment like this from TheHomeDepot. I love using this stuff because it's light weight, has the beautiful wood grain that I know and love, and it stains nicely. I had just the right amount to cover the top 4 panels. They were already cut in strips so I simply cut each each one to my desired length.

I used different widths to give it more character and I used the nail gun to attached them on the sides. Then I stained the wood a deep Jacobean color. I use this color on everything in the house and, its just so rich. 

Yikes. I was a bit nervous at this point, but I still had a good feeling about it. I added a tiny trim piece around the entire thing and painted a deep navy blue that I had from a past project. On the exposed wood accent, I chose to leave most of the wood showing through. I also didn't fill any indents from the nail gun, leaving it more rough.  I also left the inside alone since it doesn't get much sunlight.

I LOVE how it turned out! Seriously, this was so easy and I did it all with stuff I had on hand. What a great way to get that farmhouse look without having to change out the builder door!

What do you think? Would you do this in your home? Let me know in the comments below!

1Chronicles 16:34 'Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."

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