Friday

DIYP: Pantry Pizazz

The Pantry

Before

After I cleaned up the inside of my pantry, I knew I wanted to add some pizazz to the outside. Have you seen those fancy glass paneled doors with the word pantry etched in the glass?

They are so lovely, but very expensive. Plus, it turns out that our pantry door isn't standard size. It's smaller. So, a custom pantry door is even more expensive (like $300).

I've heard about screen doors serving as pantry doors and that's what we decided. We bought a plain $18 screen door at Lowe's.

My hubby took it apart and cut it down to fit the smaller width of our pantry.


I bought some fancy scrolls to embellish the plain door. I decided to spray paint the unfinished wood. Red, of course!


My hubby nailed the scrolls onto the painted door.


And then my sweet guy took off the old plain white door and gave me the country kitchen I've always wanted!!

Are you ready?

My hubby did an AMAZING job!


It's pretty fantastic..........................


After

My favorite touch? The fork door pull. He just used pliers to give it a bend and then screwed it into the wood:




And it cost less than $50!!!

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103 comments:

Mandy C. said...

Adorable! Although I'm not sure I'd be disciplined enough to keep the pantry looking amazing all the time.

Great project & great price!

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

Kristen, that is so clever. The fork is a perfect touch!

rachel - a southern fairytale said...

Kristen, that is darlin'!

I love it. The fork is a perfect accent, as are the scrolls!!! YAY!

Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free said...

I agree--that fork is the perfect touch! What an awesome job/makeover!

Nancy M. said...

What a neat idea! I would never have thought of something like that, you're brilliant!

Adams Family said...

Oh my goodness...that couldn't be more adorable! I love it...and the fork handle is PERFECT!!

Although, I would probably have to use a dark screen because the idea of people looking in my "not so clean" pantry would drive me insane.

Jenny Garland said...

Oh, this is genius! Love it and the handle ;)

Courtney said...

love it an the fork is fantastic!

Kimberly said...

Oh my gosh that is absolutely fabulous!!!

honeysuckle said...

What a sweet and clever husband you have. Now, you have to keep it tidy since you can see right into it! Great idea, great post.

Angie said...

Looks GREAT inside and out! But that is just WAY too much pressure to keep it neat. I'm kind of stressed out imagining it in my house... and strangely tempted to do the exact same thing.

Great work!

Kar said...

I have been lurking for a while..think this might be my first time commenting?

Love it! Esp the contrast of the wall color and white trim against the pop of red!

So when can you come and live at my house and work your thrifty, crafty magic for a while? No? I'll just have to keep tuning in to see all your treasures. ;-)

Melissa said...

Love it!! What a great idea!
BTW- the red paint is perfect!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

What a cool idea! It turned out so lovely!

Donna

Lori said...

Genius! Enjoy your new pantry!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

I'm in love with your screen door!!! It is fabulous. Tell hubby to pat himself on the back. And you too since you painted it.

tracy said...

That is AMAZING! I saw the inside yesterday and so glad I came back and saw the door. I thought the baskets were the bomb. But wow the door is crazy amazing!

tracy

Becky said...

That's incredible! Like everyone else I love the touch of the fork. But also like others, I don't know that I'd be brave enough to have a see-through pantry door!! Good for you :)

se7en said...

Now that is impressive! Take six weeks off to recover, I weekend is just not enough!!!

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Jennifer said...

What a great idea! That door is sooo cute. I really love it and now I really want one! :) And your hubby. What a great guy to help you with your project. I would have never been able to get my hubby off the couch to do something like that for me. He would have said, "You want what???" Men!

Jennifer said...

it seems to be a landslide- i love it too! the fork is great. and of course the red... however, what a challenge to keep it neat now! that's the whole point of a pantry, right? just stuff things in and slam the door! great job

Jessica D. said...

by far my favorite project that you've done!!

Lisa said...

I love the red. Love it!

TCKK said...

That is so awesome!!!!!

Amanda said...

That is an amazing transformation.. and you are brave to have your pantry exposed for the world to see all the time. I am NOT so brave!

(probably cause I'm sloppy)


God bless-
Amanda

Pam said...

That is one of the coolest doors I've ever seen! And the fork is brilliant! Love it. Love it all!

~*Michelle*~ said...

That fork handle is the cherry on top!

Love it!

~Carole said...

That fork handle is the icing on the cake. Love the red color, open-door concept and scrolls. It's perfect and the price is right, too.

Brandi said...

How cute is that?!! I wish I had a pantry. . .

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Absolutely fabulous! And the fork handle is a darling addition! Thanks for sharing!!!

Cathy said...

I love it! But, I don't think it would stay organized like that for long in our house, the kids are always digging through the cupboards trashing them.

I love the red with the yellow it really makes it POP :)

Gerky said...

Oh I sooooo love that!!! My pantry is in my laundry room and has no door. What a great way to spruce it up! Hmmm...I wonder if Cool wants another project..lol

Gerky

Beth S. said...

Okay, generally in a relationship, ONE person is the crafty one and the other, not-so-much! However, you are one CRAFTY COUPLE...a rare find, indeed! My husband could probably help me with some ideas I get, but generally chooses to not get involved (except for the HUGE antique wardrobe that he stripped and refinished for me...which was my dear, sweet Grandmas. That More than makes up for all the other times he's groaned when I try to get him involved in a new project)! You're husband is definitely a keeper!

I love this idea but have a long pantry with two bi-fold doors, so I don't think it would work for me. Besides, having to look at all my stacks of cans, while usually somewhat organized, would make me nuts! Yours looks much nicer with the baskets and all! Also love the fork for a handle! Great ideas!

Soliloquy said...

I'm sorry. Your husband took a DOOR apart and sized it down??

That right there is what makes this darling project an impossibility for me. I'd have to HIRE someone to do that and then a $50 project would be more like $250!

Dang!

SO CUTE. The only drawback I see - is that now you HAVE to keep that pantry organized!

Maybe that's a good thing after all, though.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

wow. wow. wow. That is simply fabulous. wow. I love it. I would have a little problem keeping it pretty on the inside, though! ;)

Jeanette said...

You and your hubby are very handy! It looks great. Hurry, tell us what is next :}

RLR said...

Love it! Now if my hubs was willing to put up some 'non-traditional' doors. I wanted to buy non-paneled doors for the kids' closets and cover them with magnetic paint, then chalkboard paint. Sure, there'd be some chalk dust - but that's easily controlled by keeping the chalk out of reach! Easy enough to just rehang the original doors if we move. Haven't convinced him yet... So I doubt I'll get these cool pantry doors, either!

teachermom said...

Wow! Didn't see THAT one coming! Very unexpected and whimsy! Love the color, the fork, everything. I'm a total neat-freak, so the screen wouldn't intimidate me at all. My hubby also loves to do things like that! What a treasure!

willblogforshoes said...

Wow! That's fancy! Love the fork detail!

Musings of a Housewife said...

That's DARLING. But honestly, no one wants to see inside my pantry. I think I'll keep my traditional pantry door, thankyouverymuch. :-) :-)

Dawn said...

That is stinkin CUTE!!!!

Scrappy Girl said...

That is SO cute...love the fork! However I could not stand to be able to see in my pantry from the outside...with my messy family it is best to be able to keep our mess behind the door! LOL! Great blog.

Tina said...

That might be the most fabulous thing I've ever seen!!!

Stephanie said...

Kristen-

That turned out fabulously! Seriously, adorable! LOVE it!

To The Moon and Back said...

Wow, I love it. I wish I had a pantry!

Kara said...

My jaw just dropped! Seriously, that is one of the most clever ideas I've seen in awhile. Love the fork handle!

Carrie said...

WOW! That is amazing and clever and that fork... perfect!

Muthering Heights said...

That looks so adorable! I love it!

Laura said...

Those beautiful baskets definitely deserve to be shown off, yay!!

MaRiN said...

Awesome Job...and I love the Red!

Allie said...

I love it! I have been wanting to do this to my pantry and was stuck on how. That's awesome and cost efficient! This inspires me to definitely do this.

JLI (Jenn) said...

That is AWESOME, not to mention a total surprise! I don't know if I could be so disciplined to keep the contents of the pantry in order all the time!

Mistaken said...

Wow! That is awesome! I feel inspired now. You would definitely have to keep your pantry clean.

Michelle@Everyday Celebrating said...

wow! That's incredible! inexpensive and adorable and INSPIRING!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Can I borrow your Husband??? LOL
Looks fab!

Robin said...

I think you are crazy! I wouldn't want the pressure of keeping my pantry looking good. But I do love the fork handle.

Ginger said...

Ok, that fork idea rocks! Too cute. What a great idea!

Randi said...

Cute, Cute, Cute!!!

Bahama Shores Mama said...

Hmmm.......a see a screen door coming soon to my pantry. And the fork? Genius!

Joanna said...

Cute, cute, cute! My pantry is my laundry room so that won't work for me... but I'm thinking hard on where it would work!

Veggiemomof2 said...

Not only is it gorgeous, it should inspire you to keep the pantry organized.

skyesofblue said...

Absolutely beautiful and clever, thank you for sharing.

Julie said...

Oh my gosh. I haven't been reading your blog very long, but even so, I think you are the craftiest person I've ever seen! You have the absolute cutest stuff!! All over your house! I'm so jealous. What great ideas!!

TidyMom said...

OMG that is just TOO AWESOME! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

GREAT job!!

~TidyMom

grannyann said...

Outstanding!! What a neat idea and great finish.

Tiffany said...

Absolutely amazing! I LOVE it! It looks terrific! The fork is definitely the perfect touch! Wow!

Nancy said...

I absolutely love it!

-Julie said...

That is SO cute, so organized, I LOVE the fork pull, and I love the baskets inside!

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

what a neat idea! but i would never keep it neat enough for that kind of exposure. love the fork!

Mrs. Querido said...

That is AWESOME and totally fabulous! But I'm with the other ladies...there is no way I could keep my pantry in showroom condition at all times! Love the makeover!

Joyce said...

Very nice. Have a friend who did this a few years back and have always wanted to do this myself. I love the door handle. Love the red too. So colorful and happy.
Joyce

Lori said...

I love, love, love it! And the fork just makes it that much more impressive! Awesome idea!

shopannies said...

what a snazzy idea looks great

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

It looks so great! I would never have the guts to have my pantry exposed like that.

Bridget said...

How darling! And what a good hubby you have! :)

Becca said...

That is gorgeous...wow!!!

everydayMOM said...

That looks awesome! And now you have an incentive to keep that pantry organized! I'm impressed!

I don't have a pantry. sigh. If you have any ideas for how to stuff all of your food into the regular cabinets in a 10x10 kitchen, let me know! Fun!

livelaughlove95 said...

That is fabulously cute! I already have pantry envy because I don't have a pantry and now I have pantry door envy to add to it. LOL

Malia

Miss Meliss said...

OK, that is awesome looking!!!! WOW!

And your pantry looks so good inside! LOL. Mine's more messy. ;-)

Melissa

Shauna Okongo said...

I love it! What an amazing idea!! Thanks so much for sharing that. It looks great in your kitchen. And the fork handle is a very nice touch!! Well done!

Our life is a bowl of Barry's said...

It looks terific. If I were to put a see through screen on my pantry, it would scare people away for fear that something might fall on them at any given moment.....kudos to you for exposing your pantry :-)!!!

Merrie said...

That is so darn cute it makes me wish that my pantry was in a closet with a regular door instead of a double wide cabinet. You did good!

Kimberly said...

I LOVE YOUR PANTRY PROJECT!! The colors, the screen, the fork handle!! And, I guess it helps that your kitchen is the same color as mine! You (and your husband :)) did great work! You inspired me. Right now I am trying to finish the nursery for my son that is nearly 11 months old! I have had the main coat on since just after he was born (thinking, yeah, I will add the decorative touches when I have time) Well, you inspired me AND yesterday and today I have done horizontal stripes in three different colors. Now, I am doing three canvas for the art on his walls! I am excited to see the end product!

Teacher said...

Oh. My. Stars! Can you say fab-you-lous?! Because I sure am right now. You are fun and your pantry mathces now. Fabulous!

Shannon and Alex said...

That is some kind of cool!!

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who thinks that's nasty? Ugh, I liked it way better before. But, I guess if you're into country....

MyLinda said...

I LOVE your pantry door...if only I had a pantry :(

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

Looks great! So original, and HUGE motivation to keep it nice and organized!

Claire said...

Love the fork as handle! How clever!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Wow, what motivation to keep the pantry nice and tidy. I don't think I have the courage! :)

Love the fork idea as a handle .. you are giving me an idea for another area of the kitchen!

Marie said...

Oh my...what a fabulous transformation! I had to look at it a couple of times to make sure I was seeing all the detail - love the color and of course the fork is such a darling touch.
Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Mrs. Jones said...

Now that is just amazing!! Of course, I would have to keep my pantry nice and tidy like you do. ;-)

~Heather

Mrs. Jones said...

Now that is just amazing!! Of course, I would have to keep my pantry nice and tidy like you do. ;-)

~Heather

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Holy crap that is AWESOME!!! I want a pretty door too, this is such a great idea! Do you mind if I link to this?

Kate Starr said...

How fun is that? And kudos to you for being motivated enough to keep your pantry clean!

Colleen said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

Holly Jahangiri said...

That is so cool! Your hubby's a talented man. And I love the fork for a door handle, too. That's a clever, artistic touch that makes it truly unique.

Karen_thrifty said...

Very nice, but I couldn't do that at my house. I stockpile groceries when they're cheap and so my pantry doesn't look so pretty. Thanks for the idea though. This may come in handy some day on another project.

Little Lovables said...

what a fun idea!! great job (and hubby)

Tonya said...

LOVE it!!!! the red is amazing!

Kathy C. said...

Wow! I love this! Hubby made custom doors for my pantry as well as cabinets, but I have found that my pantry gets too warm, and the screen would help ventilate!!! I also have yellow walls and red accents, so I wanna copy your door color too, LOL. I might have to use that REALLY DARK screen though, as my pantry is organized, but not near as cute as yours, LOL.

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