I am a complete Fixer Upper addict.
And since we were blessed enough to (finally!) buy our first home a few months ago, I have been trying to reign in my inner Joanna Gaines spirit animal because I just want to shiplap all of the things! We’ve made a lot of progress in updating our kitchen from what can only be described as salmon pink to a more modern farmhouse kitchen. However, I knew it was missing a few details that would really add some character. Cue running across this adorable farmhouse pantry makeover from Little Glass Jar and I knew focusing on the pantry door would have the drama and unique look that would really set our kitchen apart. Our DIY farmhouse pantry door turned out amazing and only took a weekend and a few supplies to put together.
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Initially, we really wanted to use reclaimed wood for a more rustic look for this project. However, there seems to be a lack of it in the area and we were tired of running around searching for the right pieces. In the end, using new yellow pine turned out to be the cheaper option and allowed us to really make it our own while still keeping the farmhouse character we wanted.
- 4 x 8 1/2 in plywood
- 8′ 4×1 planks (12 for a 24″ door)
- Wood glue
- Long extension wood clamps
- Hand clamps
- 2″ Brad Nailer or finishing nails
- Gate hinges
- Gate handle & sliding lock
- Magnetic door holders (2-3)
- Table saw
- Circular saw
- Pry bar
- Measuring tape
- Belt sander or sandpaper
- 3″ wood screws
- Wood stain
- Small cloth towels
First, we measured the pantry door that we were replacing and removed the door, hinges and all, from the door frame. We then cut our plywood using the circular saw to the dimensions of the door.
After all of the cuts were made, we sanded the surfaces down but left some knots and blemishes. This was to really give it that weathered, reclaimed look.
Using the table saw, we then measured and cut the 4×1 planks. To continue giving the door farmhouse character, try and use the most roughed up side of the planks.
Next, we used the table saw to rip one plank lengthwise to evenly fit the plywood backing. We used this plank on the innermost part to be partially hidden by the hinges. Afterwards, we applied wood glue to the sides and back of the planks and placed them on the plywood.
Pro tip: Write “top” on one end of the planks so you don’t forget!
We then used the wood clamps to tightly squeeze everything together. You can make a brace out of spare wood if you need to hold the ends down.
While the glue was still wet, we drove nails into the boards and about every foot along the board to firmly bond the planks and plywood.
After that, we took a break and allowed the glue to dry overnight.
Next, we measured the halfway mark of our neatly assembled door and used the circular saw to cut that heavy sucker in half like a magician’s apprentice.
Then, we took one more inch off of the top of the bottom door (we wrote “top” earlier), to make room for the ledge.
Using the table saw, we cut a plank to the width of the door, then cut the front two corners off to eliminate the pointy edge.
Pro tip: You may have to rip this plank as well to get the desired width you’d like.
We then applied wood glue and nailed the ledge to the top of the bottom door.
After that, the fun part! We stained each door with our chosen stain, Minwax in Classic Gray.
Next, we measured 4 to 8 inches from the top and bottom of each door to place the new hinges. This will depend on how tall your door is or how to best evenly distribute the weight. Then we installed the handle itself on the bottom door.
When we ripped the doorframe off, we realized we were going to need to beef up the hinge side of the frame. If the stud is more than an inch and a half from the frame, you can slide a plank in there and run a few 3 inch wood screws through all of it.
After that, we measured the inside edge of the door frame. When we transferred the measurement, we made sure our inside markings would need to be cut at a 45 degree angle. Then we stained the boards.
Pro tip: It is best to only install the hinge side trim board, then the door, and then the rest of the trim to be able to hide any gaps you don’t like.
We nailed our new trim in place and pre-drilled holes for at least six screws on the hinge side. This side is holding all the weight so it has to connect to the stud or filling board firmly.
Afterwards, we made sure it was level and left a gap at the bottom of the door to accommodate its motion. My husband used a Tostitos queso dip lid here and even through my laughing, I had to admit it did the job!
We pre-drilled our hing holes after that and fastened the door to the trim plank. You can install the top door using the same gap as the bottom door.
We installed magnetic door closers so that both doors are even when closed. (Plus, let’s be honest, it helps keep the kids out).
After that, it was time to install the sliding lock. We drilled a hole for it to engage through the ledge on the bottom door.
We then touched up spots that needed re-staining and our new farmhouse pantry door was complete!
I am so impressed with how it turned out. My favorite part is being able to open the door as one or just the top or bottom. Since we have our spices and things stored in the top section, this has really come in handy! Next up will be decorating and organizing the inside to match the front of the farmhouse pantry door.
What do you guys think? Would Joanna Gaines approve?