Door Number 1

In addition to getting the bar installed this weekend, we finished up the pantry.  Here it is, right after install.

Unfinished-Pantry-Door-Closed

I went back and forth on colors for the door.  Initially, I wanted white to blend in with the surrounding cabinetry.

Pantry-Door-White-Option

But the wood tone looked pretty.  So maybe giving it a darker stain, to pick up on the walnut we’ll add to the island?

Pantry-Door-Stained-Option

Then again, the same gray I used on the rest of the interior doors could look great.

Pantry-Door-Gray-Option

A reader suggested chalkboard paint.

Pantry-Door-Chalk-Option

Great in theory, but I’m almost certain it’d be a dusty mess that would drive me insane.  I’m not far off right now, don’t need to add to it.  It even crossed my mind to use something crazy like a grass green.

Pantry-Door-Green-Option

To work with the green curtain panels in the adjacent living and dining rooms, of course.

Green-Curtains-in-Front-Rooms

While we had the door off to paint, Ben added oak strips to the shelf fronts.  Oak for added strength.  Something’s happening to me; I liked the oak.  I decided to clear coat it, not paint.

Pantry-Shelves-with-Oak-Fronts

Not surprisingly, after weighing the options, I went with the most boring option and my gut.  White paint, to simplify the corner.  In our plans, the pantry door was always white because it isn’t supposed to be a focal point.

Painted-Pantry-Door

To further match the white cabinetry, I used a drawer pull as the handle, just with slightly longer bolts.

Painted-Pantry-Door-Handle

Pantry-with-Painted-Door-Open

Even with the handle sticking out, there’s still a few inches of clearance between it and the oven doors.  Nothing to interfere with opening and closing the oven or pantry doors.

Painted-Pantry-Open-Door-Handle

Much simpler and it’ll match the rest of the cabinetry on this side.  You know, once we’ve built and attached doors and drawer fronts.

Painted-Pantry-Door-Closed The only upper cabinet is up, too.

Upper-Cabinet-with-Lighting

Complete with under cabinet LED pucks to give ample task light.

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