Door redo….door redo….do re me fa so la ti!
Wow, sure haven’t been around for awhile. Well let me see, apart from spending most of my day at work trying to decifer general arrangement drawings and functional specifications, my doors have been keeping me busy the last two weekends. In fact, I had planned on finishing one door today after work and another tomorrow, but somehow I couldn’t get into the door sanding and waxing mood when I got home this lovely sunny Friday, so I decided to just vegitate until ET got home. I then did our grocery shopping to get that out of the way and so tomorrow I can start up on the rest of the doors pretty early……so the plan….let’s see where it takes us 😉
Some pics of last weekends door shabbying project:
(edited 2015: Sorry about the picture quality, the original pics disappeared from my blog recently and I had to pull them off the internet, but I thought I’d leave the post up anyway. You never know, I may find the originals stored somewhere in a dusty attic!)
I’m working out on the patio because of all the dust and steel wool pieces flying around
Make sure your hands are protected, and the rest of yourself for that matter!….last time, I wore flip-flops and boy did I regret that….ever try to get out tiny steel wool pieces from your foot?
One of the finished doors ▲
see that round piece down in the left corner? I plan on redoing that table….it is gorgeous…it’s got rounded table legs just like I love it…got it and 4 chairs at the goodwill shop, another job, another time, but the table is waiting here in our dining area because it’s way too heavy and big to carry into the basement
The basic steps of this project are:
1) Paint or glaze the door white (this of course happens after getting son or hubby to help bring it outside!…At this stage in my life there is none of that schlepping doors outside by myself)
2) After the paint is dried real good (we waited a few months, hee hee) sand off the glaze for that worn look. I found that steel wool worked best, although very fine grade sandpaper works too. I like working with the steel wool because it gets into the crevices better.
3) After you have the door looking just the right amount of shabtabulous and you have removed all dust and dirt, use antique wax to wax the door….wait about 2 hours and then polish it for a soft glow.
It’s a lot of hard work, but all worth it. It takes me about 4 hours for one of those doors (and that’s not counting the breaks for washing clothes, cooking lunch, drinking copious amounts of coffee and checking on ET’s work on the other side of the cottage). You have to really want shabby doors I suppose, to spend that amount of time doing something like that.
Can’t wait to show the final pics when the door frames are painted to go with the “new” doors.
Along that line…..nothing of worth ever comes easy. Ain’t that right!
Have a great weekend all! We are supposed to get sun, aah.