Antique Kitchen Pantry Door – Adding Cottage Character
For months and months I knew I wanted a vintage pantry door. After being inspired by a a super cool antique door at a Tour of Homes, I started the hunt… When looking for a unique door there are so many widths and heights that it can get overwhelming and seem like a daunting task. But don’t give up hope! The end result is completely worth it!
The hunt finally ended one day while sitting in traffic. Cars were backed up at a red-light so far back that it had me stopped beside an antique store I often frequented. I glanced out the window and noticed an old door leaning against the wall. After measuring countless doors the last few months I had become a decent judge of size… and it looked about right! I quickly lurched the steering wheel to the right and pulled in the parking lot. Grabbing the measuring tape I always keep with me, I jumped out of the car and got to measuring. Then the sky opened up, the angels started singing, and Heaven smiled upon me… It was the right size! Height and Width both!
The refinishing process began. One side was all wood, but the other side had many layers of old paint. I stripped and stripped and stripped. I sanded and sanded and sanded. I was so tired…. (I am a bit lazy). My neighbor came over to check out the progress. I told him I now understood why the “antiqued/shabby chic” look came into vogue…. people got tired of stripping and sanding.
My sidekick and carpenter Terry came out about then and I asked him to carry it inside to see how it might look, as is. If you have read any of my other blogs then you know Terry doesn’t get excited about much, mostly when he creates something beautiful he will say “well, it’s alright”…. but this time he held it up and said “I like it”. That was more than enough reason for me to call it quits on the stripping! Antique door project complete! Hang that thing!