From the Pantry Door Ideas post: This is what we're going for in my very own kitchen! It's partly bold, it's really dark and deep, it's got some glass (which we're also frosting- thank goodness. You do not want to see inside my pantry) to extend the "open" feel of our Great Room AND there will be a wreath.
As with ALL DIY projects in this house, the "plan" did not go as we intended. Did we persevere like true do it yourself champions? Yes… of course. Mama was committed to this pantry door (actually I wanted to quit like six times, but my warm, kind and patient husband kept me focused). Listen, you are going to find a ton of positivity on this blog, but part of my job as a do it yourself'er and writer is to share my REAL experiences, even if we make dumb mistakes and sort of look like amateurs! Even the best run into issues every once in a white!
To begin, let me preface this "quick" tutorial with the amount of time it actually took to complete this project: 3 DAYS. As in 72 hours. Almost half of a week. I shall elaborate…
Here is the door, $112. Gorgeous in all of it's naked pine glory! We bought a 24" x 80" just below standard size door. This door was as close to the actual measurements of the opening. Long story short, we needed 23 3/8" across; we thought we would just be able to a saw to the door and cut off the extra door. Turns out, after two saw blades, the thing is a total piece of junk and got about a quarter of the way through the door until it decided it couldn't cut a carrot stick and totally crapped out! Hubby took the door back to big box store number one and asked them to cut the door. No luck… apparently if you get a rule follower at the saw, their policy doesn't allow for cutting doors due to the cost of the door. Fair enough… Hubby figured he'd try big box store number two, and thankfully their policy is not the same! Operation Cut Excess from door, DONE!
Once the door was cut to size, we had to use this fancy "door hole cutter" as I like to call it!
This thing holds the place and cuts the hole in the door for the handle and lock.
Handle is on, door is hinged and hanging! Great progress! If that little cutting incident was our only hiccup we'll be done in a few hours! Riiiight…
Once the "hard" part was done, we just had to paint! I'm obsessed with this color Stealth Jet! It's just the perfect amount of gray, black and brown. And not too dark… Behr got this one right! We decided to paint the door in an eggshell sheen to ensure it could be cleaned, but stayed sort of soft. Gloss on this door would have taken over the kitchen and actually taken away from the overall look of how the ivory/cream colored cabinets and the dark door work together.
Painting this guy has six real planes- the front, the back and all of the sides. You may be noticing the thing is not covered in tape… we aren't so crazy as to try and paint something like this without tape! The door had the tempered glass covered with plastic wrap on both sides. Like I said, I really thought this was going to be easy! We just had to lay the thing down and start painting! Two coats later, the front of the door was painted! Have to let it dry overnight as we needed to flip it over to paint the inside of the door, and frost the glass.
There's my little helper! So, we decided we should frost the glass on the inside before we painted Stealth Jet. You may already be able to see this unfolding, but let me tell you how smart we thought we were being! I'm a veteran with spray paint, and the thought of spraying over fresh paint was frightening! I thought the frosting would get all over the paint job! I also thought the frosting would stick to the glass once it was on and not flake off like bad dandruff!
Fast forward to frosting on and door taped for painting! Smooth as butter… Then, the door dries and I begin to remove the tape. The tapes then begins to remove the FROSTING! All of it. It continues to remove pretty much ALL of the FROSTING under the tape. Then I start crying. Ok, I didn't cry but I did want to torch the thing! Ugh! Why didn't I think of this? I mean, I did…but I thought tape and paint were friends and they would take care of each other! Plan B… I'll just respray where all of the frosting has been ripped off. I can pretty much concentrate on the edges of each piece of glass. Brilliant Kristen!
I made this box form to try and keep as much of the spray frosting off of the fresh paint job. It actually worked! The issue then became, as I sprayed where the tape had ripped off the frosting, the frosting that wasn't ripped off just kept getting darker. I mean the thing looked terrible! On to Plan C…
We had to clean off every ounce of that frosting with acetone and cotton balls. Imagine taking nail polish off of all the fingers and toes of an entire football team! Coaches and Equipment Managers included! My fingers were practically bleeding and were totally raw. Frosting (and not the yummy kind) up to my elbows! We discussed what to do… either frost again using the spray, go purchase the window vinyl that comes in huge sheets and has to be cut precisely to each piece of glass, then adhered without bubbles (mind you, I am on day 3). Or, leave the glass without frosting and … … … I'm going to say it… CLEAN OUT THE PANTRY!
I took a hard swallow and decided to do it! I can make the pantry presentable, I can. I WILL! We placed the door back on the hinges to make sure we liked the way it looked without frosting. To our surprise, we actually liked it better! It felt more open and clean.
I had some Isaac Mizrahi Shelf Liner from a past project (see the full post here) that was screaming to be seen! Starting one shelf at a time, I cleaned things out, lined the shelves and used some of my large and bulky serving vessels like drink buckets and tiered dessert platters to create height. I also worked in an old fish bowl (may Princess Sophia rest in peace) and some canisters.
Finally, after 3 LONG days, the pantry was cleaned out and I had my new door!
We've been busy with lots of little projects, so stay reading to see some full shots of the Great Room, coming very soon! There will be pendant lights and subway tile!