Our beautiful blue door has remained such a crucial element within our kitchen, but the second I saw Megan’s @txsizedhome amazing pantry door, I became inspired. Brad turned my dream into a reality and I just had to share it with you all. And that X detail- I mean come on! It gives the kitchen that perfect farmhouse touch.
Today on the blog, we will walk you through all the steps to take to help you make your own farmhouse inspired barn door.
The Materials You Will Need
This DIY seems a lot more daunting than it actually is. As you look at the materials list, I think most of you will realize you own a lot of these things already! And if not, all it takes is a quick trip to your local hardware store to gather the rest.
Pantry Door Materials:
- Birch Plywood
- Wood Boards
- Desired Material For Cutout Section (and the necessary agent to bond the wood and material together)
- Wood Glue
- Door Hinges
- Door Handle
All of this design can be customized so it is exactly what you want. My favorite part was deciding what material would be perfect for the cutout section. While Megan’s door used chicken wire, we chose to go with glass. You could even decide to leave it open!
The Tools Required
This project is not too difficult in terms of tools that are required. The most difficult part is cutting the wood boards to be the perfect size. Luckily, a lot of hardware stores can cut the boards for you if you know the length you’ll need. I totally recommend doing this!
As for cutting out the top section, there are a few options you can go with. If you do have a wood cutting machine at home, this is the quickest and easiest option to go with. If not, the birch plywood we used is thin enough that you can use a trusty saw to cut through it.
Whatever method you choose to use, make sure you sand the sides so it looks clean.
Pantry Door Tools:
- Measuring Tape
- Wood Cutting Machine (if unable to get local hardware store to do it for you)
How To Make Your Own Farmhouse Pantry Door
The Prep Work:
Nothing good comes without a plan! Measure your current door and create a rough sketch to learn how long each wood board will need to be. Now it’s time to take a trip to the hardware store.
At your local hardware store, gather all your supplies. Depending on where you go, the store can cut your wood boards to the size you need! We used:
- 5 1×4’s (3 for the border of the door and 2 for the X shape)
- 1 1×8 (to complete the border of the door)
- 2 1x 6’s (to section off the top and bottom halves)
Building Your Door:
Once you’ve gathered the materials, the first official step is to create your border using 3 1×4’s and 1 1×8. Two 1×4’s will be the height of the plywood, and the leftover 2 boards will complete the top and bottom sides. Use nails to fasten each board to the plywood and wood glue to seamlessly hold each board together.
To section off the top and bottom halves, making a border for the X and cutout section, install the 2 1×6’s using the same method from the previous step.
This next step is a little daunting: cutting out the top section. With your border already created, this step is simple. Once completed, sand any jagged areas.
It is now time for the last wood board installation: making the X. Use the remaining 1×4’s and measure out the cuts needed to make perfect corners on each end. Once you have your corners, install using the same nails and wood glue method.
The base of your door is now completed!
Installing Your Cutout Section
Depending on what material you chose, this step may or may not look different for you. In our case, choosing to has glass in our cutout section meant we needed to use an epoxy adhesive.
No matter what material is selected, if there is glue involved in the installation process, wait completely for it to dry! I know it’s exciting your pantry door is almost done, but hold your horses until it is fully done setting.
The Final Touches:
My favorite part is here: painting! We chose a light gray with distressing detail to compliment our kitchen, but choose whatever color is best in your home.
The end is in sight! The final touches are installing your door hinges and handle to complete your beautiful door.
Finally, it is time to hang up your door and admire its new permanent home in your kitchen.
If you do end up making your own pantry door- let us know in the comments! And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
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