With a new build, it’s easy to have a home that feels, well new. And brand new isn’t necessarily interesting or bursting with character. In an effort to make our home feel more unique we decided to build our own doors for the pantry. My husband, being the handyman that he is, took some of our leftover building materials and began sawing.

If you have a weekend free and want to try your hand in this, head on over to Lowes, get your tools, and start building! 

The doors are 24″x96″ each so we cut our measurements accordingly. 

You will need: heavy duty wood glue or liquid nails, router, (or tab saw and chisel), and tighteners, wood stain, tightening clamps and hardware. (I have linked the hardware below.) 

Step 1: Taking two 2 x 6’s, (ours were 96″ in height,) make a half inch long groove all the way down the side using a router. You can also use a tab saw and make multiple cuts and then chisel out the grove. 

Step 2: Take two more 2×6’s and cut the thickness in half. (You can buy 1×6’s but it doesn’t give you that rough, old look texture.) Cut them into the width size to fit your door measurements. Before you complete this step read step 3! 

Step 3: Leave 6 pieces as true 2×6’s (meaning do not cut the thickness down.) Cut them into your desired width plus the tongue. Make the tongue roughly half an inch on the sides to wedge into the grooves of the 96″ wood. Remember, you want the bottom, top and middle pieces to stand out, thus why you need the tongue and groove on these specific pieces. (Don’t forget to include the tongue measurements into the total width of the wood piece.)

Step 4: Wedge in the first tongue and groove piece in between the two long 96″ pieces.

Step 5: Begin to wedge the thinner pieces into the grooves on both sides. Don’t forget to apply glue into the groove! After installing 5 of the thinner pieces, wedge in one of the set aside original 2×6 piece. Push the tongue into the groove and admire how pretty it looks already. Continue wedging in the rest of the thinner pieces and finish off the remaining piece, pushing the tongue into the groove. 

Step 6: Tighten using clamps to set in place and allow glue to dry! 

Step 7: Stain! Buy your favorite color stain and using a brush, begin staining. This door took 2 coats lightly sanding in between. Apply the clear coat and let dry fully. 

Step 8: Attach hardware and voila! 

Click right here below for the direct link to the hardware:

Pantry Door Hardware

After a little bit of creativity and elbow grease, we achieved the “wow those look old” look and added some much-needed character into the home.

Hope that was helpful! I realize it may seem a little confusing so please feel free to comment or email me for some clarifications or questions! 

Thanks for stopping by and please share if you thought this was a fun project! 

Much love, 


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On the blog! Want to add character in your home and build some gorgeous doors? This ones for the serious diyers. Grab some 2×6’s pine from @loweshomeimprovement and make your own pantry doors! My hot husband, (with 0 experience beforehand,) made these with some basic tools and a router so you can too! Tutorial is up on the blog on how to build your own pantry doors that look like they’ve been alive for longer than you! Link in bio! • • • • • • • • • #vikhousetohome #diyblogger #diy #diydoors #pantrydoors #kitchen #pantry #buildit #ispyraddesign #makehomeyours #doingneutralright #styleithappy #pocketofmyhome #makehomematter #BHGhome #traditionalhome #mytradhome #housebeautiful #homedesign #homestyle #traditionaldesign #lowesproject #lowes #allmodern #sharemywestelm #westelm #ispyraddesign #wherewedwell #makehomeyours #doingneutralright #itsallmodern #mydomino @loweshomeimprovement @betterhomesandgardens @allmodern @westelm

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