So, today I want to share with you how to transform a dated door. This door is as old as dirt, and to someone who likes new things, it probably should have just been thrown away. But I love old stuff, and I like redoing it to make it look like new. While this door doesn’t exactly look new, it looks tons better than it did from the day I first laid eyes on it, which was the first time we toured the house with our real estate agent some ten years ago.
The house was built in the fifties, and I can only assume the door is original. I wish I would have taken a picture of it as it was when we first moved in, but I didn’t. It originally had twelve panes of glass. One of the panes was cracked when my daughter “accidentally” slammed the door too hard, and shortly afterward another pane cracked mysteriously. Instead of replacing the cracked glass, we decided to convert the door into only a half glass. Basically, we covered the bottom six panes with wood, so the bottom half was solid.
After adding the wood, I had to cover all the nail holes with wood filler before I could paint it. I made my own chalk paint, you can find the recipe here, then I put on two coats. Since the door was originally white, it didn’t take much effort to get it red. If it was the other way around, I would have used a coat of primer.
I like how the chalk paint looks on the old door. Although I’d added more wood filler than any door should need, there are still a lot of little imperfections. The chalk paint actually accentuates these imperfections making them appear to be intentional. They were intentional to an extent. If I’d wanted a perfect door, I would have just bought one.
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While I was painting the door I decided to frost the glass, and I have to say, I wasn’t too happy with the results. I would think the stick-on frosted glass might work better. I used Rustoleum Frosted Glass. After taping off the panes, I sprayed a couple of coats per the instructions on the can. It looked great until I started peeling off the tape and the frost came with it. After messing up one pane, I broke out my trusty razor knife and ran it along the edges of the tape before removing it. That did the trick, and the rest of the panes look pretty decent.
I realized something during this process that I should have thought of to begin with. The door was attached. Therefore, I spray painted in my kitchen. The lesson learned: Don’t spray paint indoors. My house smelled like spray paint for days, or maybe the smell was just stuck in my nostrils that long. (Yes, I did wear a mask while spray painting. I don’t have a death wish.)
I also used this paint on the glass pane on my front door, but removed the pane from the door, took it out on the back deck, and sprayed it (I learn from my mistakes.) It turned out pretty good. There were no streaks or bubbles or weird spots that made the glass look warped.
After I had finished painting the door, the last thing I wanted to do was put the old, ugly, brass doorknob and chain back on it, so I whipped out my can of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic Spray Paint. I’ve painted all kinds of things with this paint—a chandelier, light fixtures, electric outlets, door knobs. I am in love with this stuff. If you look closely at the door knob picture, you can see a small amount of the paint has been rubbed off. It has actually been about nine months since I painted the door knob so I’d have to say it’s held up pretty good. I might give it another year and then take it off and hit it again with the spray paint. For the price of a can of spray paint, the results are totally worth it.
All in all, I really like the end result of my door, especially taking into consideration the way it had looked before I started. Tell me what you think or if you have a door refinish like this send me a picture. I’d love to see it. There are tons of things you can do with old doors, but using them as doors can be just as creative.