Monday, September 27, 2010

Who Wants An Old Door Anyway?


I do!

It all started when my friend Lauren and I were at this amazing antique and craft mall called "
The Barn."



I saw an old, beat up door and it was love at first sight.
It's beauty was in the fact that it had be painted with several layers of different colored paint
and had been weathered so as to make the paint peel
and the various colors pop through...
Bold colors like turquoise, red, tan... yum :]

But I couldn't buy it because
[aside from the fact that it cost an obscene amount of money], it already had a "sold" sticker on it.

Thus began my relentless search for a door that I could beat up.

As luck would have it,
I stumbled across a free paneled door 
on craigslist a few weeks ago!

She came to me in pristine condition:



But she didn't stay that way for long! First I painted her a dark brown muddy color:



I'll admit that I was sloppy...
knowing that I was just going to distress her in the end!

Then a touch of scarlet:



Some lovely turquoise accent:



And if you've been following my blog for any time,
you can guess what I finished with...

Yep, that robin's egg blue paint that I've used on the
piano
and practically everything else in my house!
[Though it looks white in this first picture... sorry!]



And now for my favorite part:
I distressed it!



I sanded it, making sure that all those colors...
white, mud, scarlet, turquoise, and robin's egg blue...
popped through in different spots.

And then the hubs and I took turns whacking and scraping 
it with the back of the hammer.
[Not gonna lie- really fun!]



I LOVE how it turned out!

Then I had a hard time trying to decide what to do with it.

Remember those
frames that I painted and distressed at the mid-point of our stairs?
I decided to work the door into that.

For some reason,
I actually found the door more charming upside down:



I hung one of those pictures onto it and set it in the corner of the landing:



So this is what the mid-point of the stairs looks like now:



And I love
, love, LOVE it! 

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44 comments:

Madigan at madiganmade said...

It looks perfect in the corner with your pictures. Great job!

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

Oh, that's gorgeous! You're so creative, Mandy, and I love it. :)

KandS said...

Very cute!

Jessica said...

love it!

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

Mandy, this turned out so cute! I love old doors too! I scored 3 at an antique sale, and they are still in my garage because the are so heavy! :) I might just have to get out there and clean them up now. Thanks for sharing!

Erin :)

Sandy a la Mode said...

oh my gosh! that looks soooo great!! i totally wish i could go to the barn sometime!! :)

Jenglamgirl said...

LOVE IT! that took alot of love and commitment... love all the steps and colors you chose, it ended up perfect. Jen ;)

kelley @ the eclectic owl said...

that looks AWESOME! I love where you put in too! and a free door? yes please!!

Lulu said...

Wow, great work. I love it!

Kimberly said...

Mandy, I love it! It looks perfect right there in the corner and totally works with your style. I've always wanted to make an outdoor table with an old door...

{NiceGirlNotes} said...

Wow! I totally need a piece of furniture to beat the crap out of.

hiyaluv said...

wooow you amaze me every day:) next time you beat up a door, invite me over, will ya? :)smiles, gina

Lauren said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! YAY!!!!!

Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Loving all those layered paint colours. Very spiffy. (Trying to stop using cute so much but it's hard and I'm running out of adjectives).

:)
Sarah

Connie said...

Great job turning that plain old door into a work of art. Love the photo's you took along the way, it makes me appreciate the work you did to acheive your goal.

Allison said...

That looks great! Fabulous job! And I love it on the stairs.

Kara said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Seriously! My fave project so far!!!

TLC said...

very neat stuff! It's so "you". Glad to see you have a snow shovel at the ready...

Caro said...

WOW!! You'Re so inspiring! never thought to do something like that!! gorgeous!

Meg said...

I love distressing! It lets out so much tension. The door turned out great. Wonderful job!

Amy Meyer said...

Super cute! I love that you used a regular door and got a fabulous look! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lori said...

The upside down door makes my heart melt. Well done!!

- Brittany said...

That is beautiful! I actually also like it after you put the deep turquoise on it! LOL! Thanks for sharing.

Brittany
http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

Kara's Korner said...

Oh, I love it too!! So creative, original, and PERFECT for that space!

GREAT job!

Kara's Korner said...

Oh, I love it too!! So creative, original, and PERFECT for that space!

GREAT job!

Jennifer said...

Wow, never thought of getting a relatively new door and making it look old. I now have one more project to add to my list. Thanks.
http://always-in-wonder.blogspot.com/

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Awesome! I have a thing for doors. I like where you placed it. The deep turquoise looked pretty cool too!

Corinna said...

This is GOR-GEOUS! Love where you put it too.

Corinna

Oh, My Darling said...

Wow, talk about innovative!!

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superh2ogirl said...

What a GREAT distressed door! I wish I had the time and patience for something like this. I love it

-Nicole
www.craftmysoul.blogspot.com

Theresa said...

great job!! it looks perfect with all of the great colors that you added! I love it! Theresa

emmylou said...

SO cute! I am always going to The Barn for ideas. Last week I got a vintage mixer there for only $15, but most of their stuff is too pricey. Great job!

Atticmag said...

Mandy, I remember your piano and think the door is even more successful. Also you've done something very clever with it and found it a great spot. Woo Hoo! Jane F

Dawn said...

wow! love it! what a great idea to hang a picture on it (love the frames by the way too!)

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Sachiko said...

I love the finished color! You are amazing!

Jill said...

The final touches of setting it at an angle and hanging pictures on it tops off an already amazing job! It looks beautiful! (and i like it upside down too!)

Roben-Marie said...

This is amazing and I love how you are using it! Well done and inspiring!

Lo said...

I love this! this gives so many good ideas. very nice work!

kathleen said...

welcome to Colorado! I just found your blog. I live north of you about 60 miles, in Parker. I love The Barn. I have bought many a beat up antiques from there. About 10 years ago, The Barn sold more true antiques. You did a great job on your door!

Holly said...

LOVE your door and how you distressed it. I LOVE old doors...I was lucky enough to find one with bottle glass at the dump for $10...and just fell in love with it. You did an amazing job on yours!

Janine Presto said...

Love the door!!! What kind of paint did you use?