I love the ideas people have come up with when it comes to old doors and windows. So, I decided to try something creative with an old door that's been sitting up in the rafters of our garage.
Once I managed to get that door down, the first task at hand was to clean that dingy, dirty door. Here's a little video text I sent to Lyndee when I finally was able to evaluate my new project.
I cleaned the door by using a bleach and dish detergent mixture. I didn't feel that I didn't get it clean enough, and I used a paint stripper, and scraped the paint from the door.
After the stripping process was complete, it was time to first do a base coat.
After sanding it down to my liking, it was time to add the stain. With this process, I had to do sections of the door (in quarters) because you need to brush the stain on, then take a damp cloth and wipe it off again to your liking depending on the degree of wear you'd like the door to have.
And, after that process, here is what I have.
I had a certain phrase that I wanted to add to the door. I just searched amazon.com for the saying, and found a vinyl application that I could cut apart and place the saying where I'd specifically like them on my door. I painted the door knob with chalkboard paint, so that it would look a little more aged than the gold-colored knob.
I am extremely happy with how the door turned out. It did take some creativity in hanging the door securely. It's an old door and it's HEAVY!! In addition to a wire on the back of the door to hang on a secure nail on the wall, I wanted something more. So, I wrapped some hanging wire through the door knob hole, and secured itto a main wall stud above the door. I don't like that the wire is exposed, but I think I will try to paint it white to see if that makes it less visible. Overall, I really like it!
Here is a link to the product I used from Menard's, Rust-Oleum American Accents Distressed Kit -- Ivory: http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=82.
The directions were very simple and easy. If you have a large project like mine, I would suggest picking up a sanding block.