Upgrade Your Pantry Door

Upgrade Your Pantry Door

One of the simplest kitchen transformations is to upgrade your pantry door. 

So we decided to trade out of basic stock builder grade door to something with a little bit more personality. Below is a before picture of my kitchen, with the basic door.  You may also notice we have not even done the Wainscot panels on the island at this point either. That project can be seen at the 5 Budget Friendly Kitchen Upgrades link.  

First step in the process is to pick your door. I have been researching this for several months now. A standard size panel door is 24×80, which makes antiquing to find one very difficult. You can find a ton of remade in stock printed pantry doors, but I am going to be honest the wheat in a bread basket pattern was not floating my boat for this Industrial Farmhouse Chic kitchen. I landed on a basic frosted glass door, in stock for $145 at Home Depot

This door was already pre primed and ready to hang. So we removed the previous door to use as a template. You may have notice the new door does not contain any predrilled holes for the door knob or designated areas for the hinges.  We used the existing door as a template for the hinge set. Then my dear sweet husband round hand chiseled the exact opening into the new door hinges. 

Next step was to drill out the door knob. This part is a little trickier since you really need to make sure these parts align. We purchased a door knob jig from Ryobi to make this job easier, best $20 you will ever spend. 

You just hook it on to the door make sure it meets the existing strike plate. Then drill your door knob hole. For a solid wood door like this it will take a few minutes  to do this. 

Then with out moving your door knob jig, you drill out the lock set portion of the door. 

We removed the existing door knob from our previous door, for consistency and to save a few bucks. Then installed it directly on to the new door after painting to match our trim. 

As you can see this stock door we chose had been pre primed and was already taped off with a (very messy to remove) paper film. I found this step very handy and it saved me a lot of time on taping off. However, the easy remove film resulted in flicks of dried primer all over the kitchen, easy enough to vacuum up but still a mess. 

Once you have painted your door the desired color and removed that god awful film, the next thing to do is lay out your stick on letters.  I would recommend a vinyl stick on letter for easy wipe down. 

This step you will want to measure to the center of door both vertically and horizontally. Then based on your preferred spacing and number of letters determine your middle and start from there. I used blue painters tape in order to adjust and move letter’s until I liked the spacing and layout. 

This is the finished product and I love the way the light shines through the door to illuminate the writing. It also makes a great night light to find your way to the kitchen, especially if you have children, midnight snackers or guests staying with you. We hope you have enjoyed this easy DIY project as seen in the recent post 5 Budget Friendly Kitchen Upgrades.


So I wanted to update you all on the vinyl letters. As with some project things go astray and you end up revamping them on down the road.  After about 2 months, and cleaning the glass soon the door,  the vinyl letters started to lift and curl up around the edges, which looked horrible, and I found my self constantly fiddling with them or pressing them down every time I went into the pantry. In case you did this same project and I wanted to offer you my solution to this issue, which I think you are going to really love, I know I do!!!

So I basically used the shape and placement of the letters as a template. I traced the outside edge carefully with a fine point black sharpie marker. Then removed the letters and hand painted inside my sharpie lines with a black craft paint, which is waterproof and permanent. I am actually happier with this more rustic look of a hand painted door, as the brush strokes are apparent and the back light shines through them a little bit. Honestly, it’s authenticity reminds me of small town, old timey bakery, rather than just modern vinyl stickers I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  So this DIY was redefined and now has an even better ending. 


  1. Really cool pantry door, I think t has been a few months since I have been out to your site, you have a lot more stuff to look at. Thank you for your blog articles, I love your site.

  2. My friends were telling me about reading all the nice secrets and techniques they found on your website, so I had to see what all the buzz was about. I do love your site and have added to my rss reading list. Our own sincere appreciation, from all the ladies.

  3. This is a great DIY I know so many people wanting to upgrade their pantry doors. Also you honesty about the letter Fail is so refreshing, we have all been there thanks for owning it!

  4. Okay I have been looking for a new more rustic pantry door but I think you have converted me to something like this instead. I like the frosted look, and vertical lettering it feels like a 5th Avenue Bakery.

  5. I must express to you my absolute love for your pantry door! This is perfect, and exactly what I have been looking for, the fact that you had to create what you wanted is very inspiring to me. I agree that you can’t alway get what you want sometimes.

  6. Oh my goodness! Thanks for the great idea for a new pantry door!!!!! I love the script you chose, and that it is vertical it gives it a very modern feel not country at all. Thnkx

  7. Thank you a lot for providing individuals with an extraordinarily splendid chance to read articles and blog posts from this blog. We are at all amazed with the terrific techniques provided by you to make a house and home.

  8. There are projects and assignments to be taken care by our contractors but we also saw this post on the frosted doors and thought this would be a nice addition to our spa’s, maybe write something like Relax, Breathe, Exhale, & Soothe. Thoughts?

    • I think this would be a great idea, and I love the Spa themed text ideas. Are you thinking in a changing area? If so make sure to only back light the door, to give privacy for the client on the other side, and down light would be a poor choice and given an entirely different feel to a frosted door like that, LOL.

  9. This is a fantastic DIY project I saw it on Pinterest too! I fell in love with the lettering, then to read about how you had to redo it was pretty cool. Most people would not admit to fail, you embraced it, owned it and moved on with a solution. Good for you!

  10. Thanks a lot for giving everyone such a superb opportunity to create this door from your site. One of the most impressive posts we have had in a while.

  11. I wish to express my appreciation to you for showing me how to get this project done. I will recommend your blog to anyone who needs guidance about home decor.

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  14. This is really pretty, smart ideas like this easy way to upgrade a door is sure to attract other people that have a similar style. I am sure there are a lot more fun home opportunities here in your blog post.

  15. That pantry door is exactly what I have been looking for, see it just takes a woman with a vision to create a timeless look that we all want. You should really sell you r ideas to a manufacturer to get them main stream, I tell you they would sell like hot cakes.

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  17. A useful share, I was just given this link by a colleague, that knows I am doing an home renovation and doing this type of diy work. I really loved reading more on your pantry door project. It’s extremely helpful for me.

  18. I must do this to my pantry door. I love the way it is lit up too. Did you already have alight inside or was that an add on?

    • Hey Laurel thanks for dropping in, to answer your question the light was already there. However I maybe be changing it out in there near future when I do my pantry upgrade. ­čśë

  19. A lot of thanks for your own efforts on this web page. You are carrying out a brilliant job and helping all of us along the way. Can’t wait see what you do next.

  20. A powerful share, I just passed this site onto a colleague who was doing slightly different but similar project. The results of the new door make the kitchen even better. The backlighting is also really great too.

  21. We are following your site and have notice you have some really great DIY projects. This one in particular caught my eye. I love that you ended up hand painting those letters, the look is fantastic.

  22. There are some attention-grabbing diy’s in this article I plan to look into further. Good article, thanks! Added to FeedBurner

  23. I would like to show you my appreciation, your kindness for visitors like me, that come here and really want guidance for home projects. Your new solution was extremely practical and will certainly make men and women like me want to complete their goals. Your entire warm and friendly atmosphere and helpful hints indicates so much a person like me about the type of blogger you are. Many thanks

  24. This project to create a pantry door is so helpful. I have been asking my husband to put in a new pantry door for a while now. This tutorial is going to help facilitate this project and now I can get the door of my dreams, thank you!


  26. This pantry door is perfection, it turned out so good. I also love that you edited your post when plan A did not turn out the way you had hoped, and your offered us a plan B. It is that type of follow through that will take you places, never give and always do good should be your motto.

  27. Your pantry door is very well designed. The vertical lettering gives it more of a urban industrial feel which is so chic right now. However, I do think it also complements your farmhouse style very well too. Nice job!

  28. Your door turned out perfect. I really like the way you chose to back lite it as well and you are right it would make a great night light. The frosted glass is also a good touch so you do not have to see the inside, which I am sure yours is presitine as is the rest of your home.

  29. This can be so simple and yet it makes a big impression for the final results. I really appreciate the way you updated the post to include the door vinyl stickers did not work. It make you seem real, not like good luck with this bogus project I just gave you, lol. Thanks for caring about your readers and showing that not all DIY is easy.

  30. I followed your Instagram account over from your hydrangea post this morning. I just had to know more about this stunning pantry door.
    Also just want to tell you that I absolutely appreciate you honesty in the repost about the stickers, or clings that did not work. Plus the fact that you provided an alternative option to this project fail for those of that are following along to recreate this look. It is nice to know that your are human and have the say trials and tribulations that we all face. Thanks for your authenticity.

  31. Next pay day I am doing this project in my kitchen, I love it!! Thanks for posting all the details too!

  32. Look pretty easy the Mrs. would like me to complete this project over the weekend. Tell you husband thanks for the tips of the door knob rig.

  33. I absolutely love that door!! What an awesome update! I am very impressed that you did the door knob and latch all by yourselves. ­čÖé

  34. Wow, that looks great! I also really like the idea of leaving the light in the pantry on as a nightlight.

    • Thanks Kate, we love using it as a night light, and the lettering looks so pretty being lite from behind. ­čÖé

  35. I found your site via Cosy for You, one of my daily reads, and I am so glad I did. It is amazing what a simple upgrade can do to change the entire appearance of a room. You kitchen now has more of a quaint little bakery feel.

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