It’s #MonthlyDIYChallenge day! If you’re new around here and haven’t seen one of our Monthly DIY Challenges, here’s the scoop.. each month we get together with a few of our closet blogging friends and pick a random item or topic that we each have to use to create a DIY project. This month our theme is “trash to treasure” and we had to either find something someone else had thrown out, or use an item that would typically be thrown out in our own home. Fortunately for us (and maybe embarrassingly so), we’ve become rather skilled at the art of garbage picking. We recently found this really cool old door on the curb and decided to give it a makeover to be used as decor in my living room.
The door is much more narrow than a normal interior door, but I thought it would be perfect to prop behind a table in my living room beside the couch. It’s solid wood but had quite a few large gouges and lots of nail holes.
I decided to use wood filler on the large gouges in the picture above. Once that was dry and sanded, I layered several coats of very watered down chalk paint in this order: French Linen, Duck Egg Blue, and Old White (all Annie Sloan brand). When I say very watered down, I mean very watered down. I would dip just the tip of my brush into paint, then dip it into a cup of water and paint. If the paint was still too thick I would dip my brush back in the water and go over it again.
The high water content causes a very thin, uneven coating and if you apply some pressure with the brush, it will even remove some of the paint to let the original wood show through.
One note about painting with water like this: it’s drippy and splashy and messy. I would highly recommend doing this outside.
I added portions of this graphic from The Graphics Fairy to make it look like an old door from a grocer. Since I’m keeping this for my own home, I changed the name at the top to my late grandfathers name, just to make it more personal and because he’s been on my mind a lot lately.
I also watered down the paint for the graphic just a tad (it’s Old White) and tried to roll with the distressed areas. I didn’t want the door to look massively distressed then have a fresh looking graphic on top of it. It makes the graphic a bit hard to read, but that’s how I wanted it.
I wish I could show you a picture of it where it’s actually going to be in my living room, but that room is a total work in progress right now. I’ll be sure to share some pics when it’s done. I may even add a little wreath to the door, and I’m definitely going to secure it to the wall so one of my munchkins doesn’t drag it on top of themselves. It’s solid wood and quite heavy!
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