Pantry Door Turned Frame

Hi everyone!
We made it to Ft. Jackson S.C. about midnight last night. and the internet has been “shaky” at best, so I’m finally getting on the net to to show you a tutorial on how I turned my old pantry door into a long hallway picture frame.
I love this HUGE frame in my downstairs hallway. It’s just one reason why you should never throw away an old door!
The picture below shows where it was when we bought the house. We took the pantry and the stair rails out and put in a breakfast nook, which you can see here.
The supplies I used to make the door a frame: 
Some semi-gloss Rust-oleum paint.
Some painter’s tape
Thin Molding
I didn’t blog when I did this project, so I’ll try to guide you through the steps using recent pictures.
Arrow #1.)  Use your painter’s tape, pencil, ruler and tape off equal areas to make a “frame” around the outside of the door. Then paint it.
Arrow #2.) Paint your thin trim and then glue it on the inside of your painted frame. Make sure you cut your corner’s at 90 degree angels. Putty the corners if needed, and then give the putty some paint when it dries. I would use Liquid Nails or Gorilla Glue to attach it the trim.
I filled it with Walmart frames. I used a frame for each kid and one for my husband and I. I also made sure to attach the door to studs in my wall, since it was HEAVY! 
Now I have the perfect frame for my long basement hallway!
We have a full house, don’t we?!
Hope you’re all having a wonderful week! I’m excited that the weekend is here!


  1. Katie,

    What a super cute idea. I love it. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. That looks so nice! I really like it. Have fun with your family this weekend. xo Diana

  3. What a cute idea!!! Thanks for sharing! I will have to use a similar idea one day!

  4. How cool! I love what you did! You are so creative. 🙂

  5. my goodness, you are so creative! It looks awesome!

  6. And yet another brilliant idea! Love how it literally frames all the others. Gives such a nice boundary to the other pics.

    Great job, Katie!

  7. That is so great and so clever! Never would have thought of using a door like that!

  8. love it!!! and can’t believe that’s Peyton in the picture…that must be an old pic 🙂

  9. Great idea Katie. I love door anything! Your new art kind of reminds me of your header!
    xo Becca

    • Ya…I’m going to eventually have to move on to something besides black, white and yellow….well I think I’ll always love B&W. I have my living room, nursery and now the basement in B, W and yellow…and my blog! lol

  10. How clever you always have great ideas….I just love visiting your site:)

  11. Really cute–I love the double framed effect here! pinned 🙂

  12. love it……………andi the wednesday baker

  13. Fabulous idea using a door! Turned out aweosome!

  14. Love it lady!! Once again you’ve blown me away with your creativity!

  15. What a great repurpose. It looks like a very expensive frame! Great job.

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  16. so cute! I totally love it when you can re-purpose something and it turns out so cute!

  17. Oh wow, great idea! It looks so good, and completely original and unique! We just threw out an old door, now I wish I’d hung onto it, geeze.
    I’d like to invite you to come link these and any of your creative projects up at my *Get Creative* linky party!
    Hope to see you there!

  18. This is so beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

  19. This is so cute! Thanks for joining us for “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Come and join us again next week! -The Sisters

  20. Looks awesome! What a neat way to display pics! Thanks for linking it up to Cutesy Monday!


  21. stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to leave you a little blog luv! Def enjoyed this post!! VERY VEry cute and creative!! new follower 🙂

  22. I love this idea. So creative. I’m your newest follower. I hope you will come visit my blog at

  23. Very cool idea! I love the black color and re purposing!

  24. What a great idea!!! It looks fantastic. Megan

  25. This looks awesome! Love it! Thank you for sharing on A Pinteresting Party!

  26. What a great repurpose project! I would love for you to share this with my “Unveil Your Genius” link party (new linky every Thursday).

    happy Tuesday!

  27. Oh my gosh this is absolutely brilliant and beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.


  28. I love it. Doors and windows for picture frames are my favorite. I’ve got a great old window above my piano. Great post. Lovely looking family.
    Jessie at

  29. Great idea! 😀

  30. I am TOTALLY in love with this! It’s fantastic!!! I did the reader features over at Sugar Bee Crafts and I featured this! 🙂

  31. This is a fabulous project! It turned out just beautiful! Share it on my web site!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

  32. Love this! What an awesome idea .. thank you for sharing this with us, my just have to try this myself :o)

    -Jacque @theDIYvillage

  33. Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…..hope to see you again tonight and have a wonderful weekend:)

  34. Fantastic idea! I love it!

  35. What a great way to “reuse, recycle”. Love it!!

  36. What a cool idea! It came out so nice! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  37. Featuring you! Love this! XO, Aimee

  38. Brilliant! I absolutely love using doors for things but so far it’s only been cabinet sized ones. GREAT idea. Thanks for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House!

  39. I am so in love with this frame it isn’t even funny! Are you guys stationed at Ft. Jackson now? We used to live right by the entrance, but now live up the road in Lexington! Happy Easter!

    Take care,


    • Hey Trish, My husband just finished chaplain’s officer basic course there. We will still live in WA state until he finished seminary in a 1/2 year. Then we will be trying to get back to active duty military (which we did for 10 years before we got out to do seminary). 🙂

  40. This is so unique! It came out amazing. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays! Have a wonderful Easter.

  41. Love it and now I’m on the lookout for a door! Thanks so much for sharing and I just spotlighted it!

  42. Thanks Natalie! I bet even a big piece of styrofoam or a large piece of wood would work! Thanks for the feature!


  43. This is fantastic! It really centers the pictures together well. You’re being featured– should be up tonight. 🙂

  44. I am so glad you linked this project up – I have seen it featured several places and I agree, it is a beautiful project! Great use of an old door! I love it! And your family is adorable as well!
    I am so glad you came by to link up to the party at Embracing Change!
    Please come back this week again! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  45. Wow – nice job! That looks so cool! I’m pinning this.

    Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime!!

  46. I am featuring you tomorrow in my I Love Fridays link party!! Feel free to drop by and grab a button 🙂

  47. This was so smart. So very smart. Well done!


  48. I featured you today at Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and grab a button!

    Danielle@Blissful and Domestic

  49. This looks awesome! What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing these!

  50. You are so clever…great idea!!!

    • Thanks Lisa! I hope 2013 is off to a great start for you. How’s the new house? It’s probably not new to you anymore. Hopefully we’ll get to see more of your projects this year!


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