French Door Pantry

Project by Jim posted 03-02-2009 05:31 AM 20263 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister in law had a blank 6 foot wall in her kitchen. She asked me to build her a cabinet similar to one she saw in a kitchen idea book. I built a 1 foot deep by 6 feet wide stud and drywall closet, then added a knotty pine tongue and groove interior, pine trim, black satin enameled pine shelving with a 1×2 router beaded edge. Next, a low voltage lighting system on a dimmer switch that really makes it “pop” at night. They will use this as a functional display of some decorative and oft used items in the kitchen. We were pleased with the results considering all of the materials were relatively reasonably priced and readily available at the local home center. One tip is I replaced the cheap looking bright brass hinges that came with the pre hung french door with oil rubbed bronze hinges which I think gave it a classier look. I used 3 coats wipe on poly on all stained surfaces.

-- DONE is a "four letter word" at our house, we don't say it often.

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posted 03-02-2009 05:05 PM

Nice job Jim.That wall looks really good now.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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posted 03-03-2009 01:06 AM

very nice…...mmmmm better not let my wife see this one…great idea…..good job

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 03-03-2009 01:40 AM

thats an exellent job jim very well done !

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posted 03-06-2009 06:10 AM

That looks great! My pantry never stays clean enough to have glass doors though. I’m not sure I could get away with it.
I like the lighting and the colors. Everything looks great in there.

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posted 03-09-2009 06:11 PM

Nice addition, really adds to the space.


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posted 03-11-2009 01:12 PM

did I already tell you I like this project…..oh well good job again…:-)

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 08-08-2009 05:12 PM

Nice pantry.


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posted 09-10-2009 08:25 PM

very nice job. I will not let my wife see this either.

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posted 12-23-2009 07:08 PM

WoW! That turned out beautiful. Another really great idea!

-- Janice

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posted 12-24-2009 09:26 PM

Very creative using prehung doors looks super well done.

-- a-1contractor.com

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posted 03-29-2010 06:29 PM

I love how you took a blank wall and turned it into something really practical. Great storage in very little space.

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