Yellow Pantry Door Makeover

I have a few projects I’m working on to add color to our kitchen, and the first one is a pantry door makeover. Our pantry door is very prominent in our kitchen and family room, so I thought it would be fun to paint it yellow. I used Martha Stewart Paint from Home Depot in Pencil (my favorite color!) and Annie Sloan Wax in clear and dark to finish it and give it a warm aged look.

I LOVE painted pantry doors, so I guess it was inevitable I would paint my own yellow! Here is the before and after. 

This is a pretty quick and easy project. I painted two coats on day one, and the following day I added a coat of clear wax, followed by dark wax. I worked during my daughters naps on both days, so a total of four hours. 

I used an ultra smooth foam roller and a soft bristle Purdy paint brush, for the tricky bits. 

I painted the inner panels first, then the sides, always going with the grain of the door. On my door, the wood grain is clearly defined, so it was easy to paint section by section. I carefully painted around the door hardware. There was no way I was going to remove the hardware with a toddler in the house. She would have everything piled in her play kitchen in no time! You can also tape off if you don’t want to remove the hardware.

I painted two coats of the yellow paint. Then the following day, I finished it with Annie Sloan wax in clear and dark. The third picture is before the wax. It looks nice, but a little flat. A light application of the dark wax made a big difference. I also used my Silhouette machine to cut “pantry” out of gray adhesive vinyl for a little door decoration. 

I love it, it really brightens up our living room and kitchen. The best part is that it was completely free, since I had all the supplies on hand already! Fast and free, my favorites! 

I’ll save the full kitchen reveal for another day since I have one more project to finish. 

So what do you think? Are you a fan of painted doors like me? If you are, you can check out my spray painted front door and my sister’s turquoise pantry door.

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  1. how fun is the yellow! i love it! i bet it just makes you smile!

  2. how fun is the yellow! i love it! i bet it just makes you smile!

  3. Love the yellow…very warm and really adds a pop!

  4. What a great way to brighten up a pantry door! Love it. It even matches the metal furniture you can see in the picture on the patio. Now I want to paint my pantry door! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed. Have a great weekend.

  5. I just adore your No. 2 Pencil colored pantry door! And the courier “pantry” complete with the period it what pushed me over the edge to love!



  6. I love the yellow, and I think vinyl lettering alone is reason enough for a cutting machine, I’ve been eyeing one myself. Going to show this to my husband and show him how I could label everything!


  7. I love your yellow door. I’ve been sitting on the fence about painting a prominent door in my house, and you’ve pushed me right over into doing it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. I love your pantry door! My favorite part is the “pantry” lettering.

  9. Love lOve loVe lovE!

  10. Oh how adorable…I have always wanted to add some color to our kitchen just never thought of this as a way to do it…how cute…I may just steal this!! Love it..

  11. I was just looking at my office door and the paint job I did – terrible! When I get around to redoing it, I will obviously look back at this post! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love the big pop of yellow!
    Looks great!

  13. Looks awesome Melissa!! Yellow is a current fave color of mine at the moment so I’m loving this!
    Great job!!

  14. Looks awesome Melissa!! Yellow is a current fave color of mine at the moment so I’m loving this!
    Great job!!

  15. What a difference! I love it.

  16. Looks fantastic. What font did you use for the pantry letters?

  17. I love this blog so much because it talks about Pantry Doors. Thanks!

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