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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Prettier Pantry Door

I don't know about you, but there's something about this time of year that simply beckons projects.
Maybe it's because we're all cooped up and I can't help but notice seemingly unimportant things that begin to really bug me.
I know we all have those things in our homes that drive us nuts, but I decided to tackle a few prettifying projects to see if that might help ease the loathing a bit.
Well, um, kinda.
Just as long as I don't look at the other stuff.  :)

Let's take my pantry door, for example.  It's a functional pantry, pitifully basic and unimaginative.  But I don't really have the time, budget, or inclination to really change it, so...I decided to gussy it up a bit instead.

I realized I should take a before picture, but I'd already painted it high gloss white ~ years ago I'd painted it the same color as the wall, even the trim!  I've never liked the door, and I was hoping to make it blend in a bit.

Here is the freshly painted white door.

Then I got to thinkin' again.  What about stenciling a word down the door?
I had all but settled on  "PANTRY" in bold, black chunky letters, but looking around the rest of the room, it simply didn't fit.

I grabbed my bin of acrylic paints that I use so often I store them in the frigid basement and then had a coughing fit over the dust that flew in my face when I opened up the cover...I digress...I still couldn't decide on a color, so I was waiting for inspiration to hit me.
I ended up stippling with basic white and adding a glittery gold to the edges.  Oh, and above the door obviously.  So absolutely nothing like what I'd envisioned!
And I love it!
It's understated, but detailed.  Cute but not too cute.

But the door was looking too white and boring.  What to do, what to do.
Isabelle and I had just purchased a stencil at Michael's (with a coupon!) that I had in mind for another project, but the gears started turning again and...

Same colors, same process, shoot- same paper plate!
Ready to be amazed? ? ?
It's so difficult to capture the part I love most in a picture!  Because I left lots of areas of the stencils just white, you don't really "see" them on the door, but you can see the difference in texture and sheen.  The golden edges give everything just a hint of sparkle.

I also thought I'd be SO smart by saving money and buying only a non-functional levered handle, and that I could somehow rig it up with the existing knob...who's gonna see the inside of a pantry door, folks?...but no, in fact no such rigging occurred.  I frowned.  And maybe pouted.  I wanted this to be a super cheap-o prettifying project.

But in the end, I caved, and it cost me $21.88.
And I think it's totally worth it!

Nice, huh?
I know, I know, I've been planning on replacing those tired, builder-grade lighting fixtures in the main entry for a few years time.  In time.
I'll just keep looking at my lovely levered door for now.   :)

Happy Weekend Everyone! 


Anonymous said...

Love the door to your pantry :) AND the stenciling looks fabulous !!!
I love having projects to do !!!

Leandrea at Coupons Are Great said...

Oh that is pretty! Thanks for stopping by - I am now following you back. And I am #100!!! Join us for Making Friends Monday - we would love it!

Throw Open the Windows said...

What a creative idea! Love how your pantry door turned out. You must be so thrilled every time you walk in the room. Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog. I'm following you too. Rebecca

Allison Shops said...

It turned out great! I really like the stencil you chose, and doing a light painting technique was much better than getting too heavy handed.
Dropping by from How To's Day. Hope you'll come see DD2's picture wall we did for her.


Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wow! That really dresses up the door. I love that you have a girly girl after 3 boys! I have 2 boys and 1 girl. Every mom needs a girl!
Just found your lovely blog via WUW. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back.
Have a great day!

Marcia said...

It came out lovely. The stenciling added so much. I know what you mean about projects. We're inside so much all we see is room for improvement. And when you replace your lights, give me a call. Maybe we can get a quantity discount. LOL

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I love your stenciling idea to dress up a pantry door. I have a nondescript pantry door (photo on my blog.) This is such a good idea. I like how it is very subtle with your choice of color. This is my first visit to your blog. I came via SSS today.

At The Picket Fence said...

It looks so great Bethany! I love that you gave it a new look and yet it is soft and subtle and the door handle is perfect (even if it wasn't part of the original budget!). Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

Judy said...

I featured your pantry door on my blog tonight. Please stop by and pick up your "I've been featured" button. Thanks.

Milliscent Morgan said...

I want to make an actual etching artworks for my pantry doors to become more attractive.

freestanding pantry said...

The door to your pantry is cute

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