How to Make a Farmhouse Pantry Door With Glass

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About: Hi Everyone, I'm Jeremy Hoffpauir. I write instructables about unique DIY woodworking and home improvement projects. I use unique design elements with a rustic coastal style in my creations such as epoxy...

In this instructable, I show you how to build a DIY farmhouse pantry door with glass using 2x6s. Also, I show you an easy paint distressing technique to make new furniture look old.

My friends asked me to design and build a farmhouse pantry door with glass for their house.
Like I do with most of my projects, I started by creating a 3D model. The pantry door is made with 2x6s, has glass panes, and it has a distressed look to accompany the farmhouse style.

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Step 1: Bottom Section

I started by building the bottom panel using 1x4s & 2x4s cut from 2x6s.

First, I cut each piece down to size on my miter saw. If you don't have a miter saw, a circular saw or hand saw works just as well.

Next, I used my track saw to cut strips of scrap wood for the few pieces of trim I needed. More on this in a later step.

Then, I resawed 2x6s down to size on my bandsaw, which is how I created the 1x4s. If you don't have a bandsaw, just buy the thickness you need from your local lumber dealer.

Step 2: Join Bottom Section

I used a domino to join the wood together for this project. Keep in mind, a biscuit joiner or pocket hole jig works as well.

Finally, I inserted the dominos, spread glue, and pushed the wood together. I used parallel clamps along with a wood caul on top to keep everything nice and straight.

Step 3: Inner Stile and Rail

After the bottom panel, I constructed the inner stile and rail.

This consisted of a 2x2 and 1x4 both cut from 2x6s joined with 2 dominos at each corner.

First, I clamped it all together and joined the inner stile & Rail to the bottom section.
Then, I used parallel clamps to hold the sections together until the glue dried.

Step 4: Outer Stile & Rail

Next, I built the outer stile and rail. Although the outer stile and rail looks similar to the inner stile and rail, it is put together differently.

First, I used clamps to hold the top rail in place to mark the locations for the dominos.
Next, I placed dominos at the locations I marked and attached the outer rail to the top of the inner rail.

Then, I attached the outer stiles the same way as the top rail. I marked the location of the dominos, spread glue, and attached each side using parallel clamps.

Also, the parallel clamps make it easier to attach the stiles by applying even pressure.

Step 5: Bottom Section Trim

I decided to attach the trim on the bottom section while the glue was drying from the last step.

The trim pieces are scrap pieces of 2x6s cut to size. First, I spread glue and then placed the trim down in place.

Step 6: Quick Tip

As a quick tip, sawdust and glue work great to patch imperfections in a DIY pantry door.

First, mix sawdust and glue to form a putty and patch the holes or seams in the door. Also, make sure to use the sawdust from the wood you are working with.

Step 7: Glass / Lexan

I used a product called Lexan instead of real glass.

Lexan is a transparent plastic sheet that is virtually unbreakable.

The top and bottom are simply 2 pieces of wood 5/8" thick with a quarter inch gap in the middle for the lexan to rest in.

Also, this is an interior door so it doesn't have to be perfect or weatherproof. Ultimately, the purpose is to hold the lexan in place and make it easy to change if needed.
Next, I layed the glass in place after I put on the top and bottom. Then, I attached the side pieces with glue and brad nails.

Step 8: Front Glass Trim

In order to make the one sheet of Lexan appear as multiple glass window panes, I used silicone to attach thin strips of wood on each side.

First, I measured the total length of the lexan and divided by 3.
Then, I used this distance from the top and from the bottom to place the strips.

Step 9: Furniture Distressing Technique - Sanding

I've tried many paint distressing techniques over the years on furniture. Ultimately, this technique consistently produces great results for me.

First, I painted the surface with satin, semi-gloss, or gloss paint. Next, I sanded the edges, corners, and any other irregular angle I can reach. Also, be sure a very small portion of the wood is exposed after sanding. Then, I removed dust with a vacuum or rag.

Step 10: Distressing Technique - Apply Stain

After the surface is clean, I grab a foam brush and apply stain in the places I sanded in the previous step.

Also, I prefer dark brown or gray wood stain for light paint colors.

Step 11: Distressing Technique - Wipe Stain With a Rag

After I finish applying stain to the sanded areas in a 3 foot by 3 foot section, I wipe the stain with a rag.

The rag picks up the stain and spreads it to the non-sanded areas. It also makes the non-sanded areas darker. The more you wipe, the less distressed the surface looks. You can also use a few rags to remove even more stain if that is the look you are going for.

Step 12: Protective Finish

After the stain was completely dry, I used shellac as the final top coat on the farmhouse pantry door with glass.

Shellac dries quickly and it's super easy to apply. Also, Shellac looks a bit yellow when applied but it dries clear.
Finally, I put 2 coats per side.

Step 13: Installation & Conclusion

I installed the door at my friend's house, but completely forgot to film the installation b/c it was a few days before Christmas. My mind was scattered in a 100 different directions.

Additionally, the door knob is an antique door knob my friends picked up from an antique store in New Orleans. Keep in mind, the door knob for the DIY pantry door with glass is not a functional door knob. Even though it isn't functional, it definitely looks great.

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    wobbler

    5 months ago

    Great Instructable and the final distressed look works really well with a very professional result. Even more important though was not using normal glass in this for safety reasons.

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    jeremyhoffpauirwobbler

    Reply 5 months ago

    Thanks so much! Using real glass is definitely a safety issue with small children around.

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    OutofPatience

    5 months ago

    Nice work...thanks! This is just what I want to do for both a kitchen pantry and for a bedroom closet..."French doors," in the case of the bedroom closet. I appreciate your encouraging instructions.

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