Military Weekend Warrior Project: DIY Pantry Door Install

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The rise of home improvement reality TV has sparked a rebirth of farmhouse design in homes across the country. Rustic, old-timey features and patterns have taken over the latest design trends. Although this is a trend now, Ryan and I have roots in this type of home design. We both grew up on dairy farms on opposite sides of the country. Farmhouse style decor reminds us of our past and is something that we wanted to incorporate into our home. One of the most popular trends now is a glass pantry door. Our home has quite a large pantry but had an uninspiring 6-panel door entry. We decided to save room in our renovation budget by using our expertise to install a slab door and frost the glass ourselves. Creating the pantry door ourselves reduces the upfront cost for us and provides the same feel as purchasing the pre-frosted door at the store.


  • Pantry Door Slab in the desired size
  • Glass Frosting Spray Paint
  • Doorknob Installation Kit
  • Desired Paint Color for Door
  • Doorknob
  • Door Hinges
  • Circular Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking Tape
  • Drill
  • Vinyl Lettering to match your home’s style

PROTIP: If you are installing a pre-hung door, stand with your back to the door. The hand that touches the doorknob will tell you if you have a left swinging or right swinging door!


Measure the location of the doorknob and latch on the existing door. Be sure to measure on all four sides. Mark out the measurements on the new door with a pencil for drilling.

Use the doorknob installation kit to drill the doorknob and latch holes using the measurements attained from the existing door. Be sure to follow the doorknob installation kit instructions. Each installation kit is a little different so read the directions carefully. These usually include the knob drill bit and the latch drill bit, guides and additional sizes. Carefully create the hole for these items.

Remove existing door from the doorframe

Put the new door into the entry for measuring. Accurately measuring the area is a two-person job. Be sure that the door will fit and will be able to swing open and closed in the entry without hitting.

If there is an area of the door that hits the casing or floor, measure the excess and either cut or sand the area down to the desired length or width. In our entry, we took off about 1-inch from the bottom of the door.

Double check that the new cut works in the entry. Remember to leave room for the latch and hinges to function.

Prep the slab by masking the door around the glass. NOTE: the frost must be completed first so the door paint can cover any overlap from the spray paint.

With this application, you can choose to display either the textured side of the frosted glass or the smooth side toward the room in which it’s installed. This will be the front of your door. The other side will be the interior. Once you’ve determined which side you would like to show in your space, apply glass frosting spray paint evenly to the glass on the correct side being mindful of the location of your hinges and hardware. Try to keep this paint off the wood if possible. Allow to dry completely.

Once it has dried completely, apply the desired wood paint color evenly on both sides of the door. Don’t forget the sides of the door. These will be seen upon opening the door. Pull the masking tape from the frosting and touch up both the glass frost spray paint and wood paint as needed.

After drying, prep the door for installation. Again, this works best with two people. Evenly place the door into the entryway, ensuring the latch matches up with the casing. Do your best to evenly place the door in the casing, but the latch takes precedence. Some homes will have sagging and warped flooring, making it appear uneven. If the latch matches up, the previous hinge holes on the casing should be very close as well. Prepare to reinstall or install the hinges to secure the door to the casing.

Install the new doorknob per the included instructions.

Apply vinyl lettering evenly on the frosted glass as desired.

pantry doors,farmhouse style, farmhouse decorThis was a fun project that can not only saved on renovation costs but brought a little bit of country farm-style into our home. Show us your door rehabs! We'd love to see what you're working on. Just tag Bargain Outlet in your social posts.

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Lynn Black is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with over a decade of experience in marketing strategies and content writing. She is a military spouse to a member of the United States Coast Guard.  Lynn has experience completing numerous DIY projects both alongside her husband and while he is away.