Where has this summer gone? In less than a week, we are going to be seeing back to school ads and the bus stop schedule. I’m not ready! It seems like only last week I shared my pantry organization. It’s hard to believe that was back in January. Well, today I am sharing how I dressed up my newly organized pantry with a vintage door. Not going to lie, I love it!
Back in January when I organized my pantry, I knew that I wanted a vintage half lite door. Trying to find the right door was a bit more difficult than I expected. After months of looking, I finally found one in rough shape, a little too wide and about 4 inches too short. Not to mention the smell!
I absolutely love this door. It was definitely a labor of love getting her to where she needed to be. It took a lot of stripping and sanding and painting but she was worth it, oh so worth it!
I actually didn’t mind the stripping process. Once I got the hang of it, I found it to be quite relaxing. I used orange CitriStrip that I had on hand. I painted on a thick coat of the CitriStrip then covered it with plastic wrap and let it sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours, I was able to scrape off the 4 different layers of paint. Then I flipped the door over and repeated the process.
My husband trimmed the door down an inch and a half on each side and we had to add four inches to the top. We added to the top of the door so the bottom still lined up with the door trim. We planed down a piece of wood to match the thickness of the door. We drilled three holes in the 4 inch piece of wood and the top of the door. We attached the extra piece of wood to the door with a dowel and wood glue. Surprisingly, it was easier than I had anticipated and the fit is seamless.
I originally wanted to keep the door with the raw wood but I knew I wouldn’t be able to match the new wood to the old door. At this point, I was getting so excited to finish it off and had to pace myself on the painting. I typically rush the painting process so I can finish a project but this time I left myself plenty of time to let the paint dry between the coats.
I had to order a new door knob because the original knob and lock set was missing several pieces. Luckily, I was able to find an exact match here. I adore the ceramic knobs.
We have managed to keep the pantry organized since January and the glass now keeps me motivated to keep up the neatness! I love the finished look and now I’m on the hunt for a bubble glass door for my cleaning closet.
I hope you all are enjoying your summer. FYI, I am watching Christmas in July on Hallmark as I type this. It is a true obsession and I do not use that word lightly!
To my dad, good luck tomorrow. I love you and will see you week after next! XOXOXO
Until Next Time,