13 Unique Pantry Door Ideas


It's fun to look for pantry door ideas that will give your kitchen a unique design touch. There are so many beautiful and creative pantry door ideas to offer inspiration. Most pantry owners install a purchased pantry door. Determined DIY folks might decide to build or customize a door themselves, or try to improve the door they have. Here are ideas to explore for your next pantry door.

How to make a pantry door look good

Make a pantry door look good by using beautiful and distinctive materials. Pantry doors can use materials beside wood, such as metal wrought iron, pierced tin, and glass. Artists can enhance a pantry door through carving wood techniques and painting doors with charming colors and scenes.

Style options include a traditional glass pantry door or frosted glass pantry door (you might be interested in "Whose Idea Was It To Label a Pantry?"), a barn-door or farmhouse style pantry door, and of course, antique pantry doors, among others.

When choosing custom or non-standard door size, be sure to measure the door before installation to determine doorframe size. In particular, antique doors may have unusual sizes before universal standard sizes were adopted.

Lastly, never underestimate the value of a good paint job. Fresh paint is enough to breathe new life into any pantry door.

Examples of Unique Pantry Doors

ARTIST/CRAFT PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Calling all makers, crafters, and artists! Satisfy your inner maker (or hire one) to paint a mural or other custom scene. Bring in other materials, such as fun magazines, newspapers, or art papers and decoupage the door for a custom look. The fun, rustic pantry door on the right brought in some horseshoes as a design accent. The possibilities are endless!

PHOTO CREDIT: Brett and Sue Coulstock, Rustic Pantry Door, Flickr.

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Rustic pantry door.

GLASS ALTERNATIVE PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Several companies sell window film that can be applied to plain glass to give the appearance of etched, frosted, stained glass, and even mirrored glass. These faux pantry glass door alternatives are a budget way to add pizzaz to your kitchen.

faux glass decorative contact paper glass pantry door

Faux glass decorative window film.

GLASS, CLEAR PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Plain, glass panes are a design element unto themselves.  A pantry door with glass is always an irresistible invitation to peek through. In this example, the door has full glass panes. A more typical example would be a half-glass door (glass in the upper portion of the door only). Some pantry owners may choose to block the view of the pantry with a curtain or decorative window film. The curtain fabric is an opportunity to coordinate with colors elsewhere in the kitchen.

PHOTO CREDIT: Pantry and Dishtower, redazadi, Flickr.

pantry door glass panes

Pantry door with full-glass front divided by mullions.

GLASS, ETCHED PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Buy a new or vintage etched glass door OR consider buying an etched glass kit and you can etch the pantry door glass yourself. You can find an etched glass design that really matches your individual style to truly make your pantry glass door one-of-a-kind.

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Frosted pantry door glass with words "Pantry" etched in with wheat design.

GLASS, TEXTURED PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Textured glass may be the perfect and elegant touch to finish your pantry door. It comes in many different styles that add character and interest to your kitchen. Patterns range  from Art Deco, botanical, natural water texture, and traditional textures. Textured glass is a sophisticated and timeless way to enhance the beauty of your pantry door.

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Pantry door with natural textured glass with water pattern.

STAINED GLASS PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Reclaim an old stained glass door, buy a new pantry door with a modern pattern, or try a faux stained glass look. Stained glass is always a classic touch for any pantry door.

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Example of vintage stained glass door.

PAINTED PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

One unique color is all it takes to make your pantry door the focal point of the kitchen. The great thing is that a wood pantry door can always be repainted when you decide your kitchen needs an update. 

painted pantry door

Painting a pantry door will use the same techniques as painting kitchen cabinets.

MESSAGE CENTER DOOR PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Add a chalk board panel (or apply chalk board paint) and you have a pantry door and message center in one.  Insert a metal panel on the pantry door and you can use magnets to easily display kids' artwork or tack on some messages. This is a great pantry door idea for busy families.

chalkboard message center pantry door

A chalkboard door message door hard at work in a bistro.

METAL/WROUGHT IRON DOOR PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Metal and wrought iron pantry doors are works of art in their own right.  Locate a metalsmith to create a custom pantry door or breath new life into an old rustic door and claim it as your own unique pantry door.

metal wrought iron pantry door

Door with wrought iron filigree detail.

REFURBISHED/RECLAIMED/
ANTIQUE PANTRY DOORS

It's not hard to find an antique door oozing with charm that's can work as a perfect pantry door. Go to flea markets, online auctions, and local businesses that resell architectural salvage finds to find a one-of-a-kind pantry door treasure.

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Refinishing an antique door.

SCREEN DOOR PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Nothing adds farmhouse charm like a pantry screen door.  The screen is just enough to blur the contents of the room and adds a nice design feature that ties into a rustic or country kitchen design theme.

A brightly-painted screen door.

TIN PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Mimic a pie safe and create a paneled pantry door with punched tin. You can buy a kits or purchase already punched designs to add some vintage charm to your kitchen. This decorative solution has a practical purpose: ventilating the place where food is stored while keeping pests out.

PHOTO CREDIT: Pie safe, Jereme Rauckman, Flickr.

tin punched pie safe

Antique tin-punched pie safe, also referred to as a pantry cabinet or cupboard.

WOOD PANTRY DOOR IDEAS

Wood, oak, cherry, walnut.  Let's not overlook the classic look of a fine-crafted wood pantry door. Take your wood door to the next level by framing it in unique door trim. There are artsts that specialize in transforming doors into works of art, maybe you are one of them!

PHOTO CREDIT: Oak door material, Paul Flint, Flickr.

oak materials pantry door

Example of a classic, wood door.

About the author 

Renee Matt

Renee is a former kitchen designer, home remodeling enthusiast (having lived through several DIY projects), and an Iowa farmwife. Renee is passionate about preparedness, garden skills, and knowing where her food comes from. Years of being a stay-at-home mom and supporting the family farm with hearty meals has been key to Renee's pantry readiness. She uses her professional IT background and expertise to bring the Everything Pantry website to life.

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