Tuesday, 27 December 2011

panelled door

We didn't quite manage to finish the kitchen before Christmas, so I'm trying to finish all the little bits off now. Our boiler is now in a cupboard that originally housed the fridge freezer. There was no door atall as the fridge stood in the doorway itself with alot of wasted space behind.
So we had a piece of mdf cut to size, as it is quite a small opening - and then I spent some time considering how to make it look more interesting.


Doors unpainted, no skirting and no laminate floor.


Walls finished here but doors only primed and a dust sheet on new laminate.


I wanted to panel the door and strengthen it, so that we could attach the ikea iron and board holder.


I found some very thin (6mmx92mmx2400mm) pine strips in the local diy store and decided to use the screw holes on the iron holder as a guide for the spacing. That way the screws could be a little bit deeper than the 1/2 inch mdf and use the extra strength of the pine.



I cut two long pieces to run vertically and then six pieces to run horizontally. I used gripper and then small tacks. It took a little while to get the spacing right. I think I was just trying to wing it, but decided on good old fashioned maths, in the end !






I placed the wood about 4mm from the edge all the way around, to accomodate the hinges.
It worked out pretty well and only took about an hour.

Then today I painted a few layers of white.



We also finished the skirting, and the white looks great with the darker laminate floor.
And I looked through a box of old knobs (unwanted items, that I find on decorating jobs), and found the perfect glass knob.



I even left the old paint on it, as I like the idea that someone else used it for years. And best of all, it cost me nothing.


I finished painting the 'boxing in' that covers some pipes that run to the boiler, which is now housed in the cupboard.

I now just have a couple of other small finishes. I need to paint the back door again, and add a draught excluder (and take the plastic off the window that you might have noticed) and fill and touch up the beading that I have run all around the worktop.

And .........................................................................................
tomorrow, there is always tomorrow .............

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18 comments:

  1. This is so pretty, it looks likean antique door!

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  2. hey hey there! Welcome to blogging. Glad you joined me. Love your door, I really love the knob. Happy New Year, I look forward to seeing you more.

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  3. The door looks great! Wonderful idea to change a door´s look!

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  4. Thanks for the comment/following my blog!
    I love that door...at first glance I was skeptical but then I saw what you did and it was amazing!!! GOOD JOB!

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  5. I love what you did for that door! Looks antique and beautiful painted white. Great transformation. Have a great and Happy New Year.

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  6. So...returned from your Christmas holidays more creative! Nice job!
    Love, Olga
    P.S.: Love your new whitewashed background!

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  7. That door is so charming now! Very clever idea. :)

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  8. Incredible! I've added a inside 'frame' of trim on a hollow core door, but yours is gorgeous! Little Bit from DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  9. Oh that is SUCH a change!!! I love it! How genius that you put those boards on the mdf. I would never have thought of that! It adds so much visual interest and just makes the door really look like something you paid a lot for. It's gorgeous! I also love the knob. How pretty is that? I can't wait to see this all done. It's coming along wonderfully and looks just so good!

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  10. Wow! What a great job.....it looks like a vintage door that has been there forever. I especially love the glass knob, so pretty :)

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  11. I would never thought about making a panel door like this. Would love love love for you to share this at my Best of 2011 party going on now http://space46.blogspot.com. Happy new year! My

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  12. saw your door on space 46...very nice! looks vintage...i love the glass door knob...
    ashley @ creating love & joy

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  13. OMG! I can't believe that was just a sheet of MDF! It looks like a small door you would find in a 100 year old home. Great job! :)

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  15. Thank you for linking up at Made Up & Loved! I featured this today. Swing by to grab a button if you'd like. Best, My

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  16. That's amazing! Love the door and the colour of the floor :)

    GG x

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  17. I love your new door! The best: how simple you did it! It goes pretty well in your now beautiful kitchen! Great work! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm your new follower.

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