Monday, September 30, 2013

Front Door Transformed

This past summer I made a hasty decision to paint our front door a mustard yellow.  It was one of those decisions that I knew I'd regret almost as soon as I made it.  And I did.

Truth is, I absolutely detest the door.  It doesn't go with our house and I just plain don't like it.   It has been every color under the rainbow but I finally figured out that painting it over and over isn't going to make me like it more.

I want a craftsman wood door but that certainly isn't in our budget so I attempted to do the next best thing.  A faux wood door.  I had no idea how to do this so I guessed as I went along.   The door already has fake wood grain embedded so I didn't need the tool to get that look.  I just wanted a deeply rich colored door with many dimensions, if that makes sense.  But most of all, I wanted to cover that window.


Anyway........yuck!  Here is the before.


Luckily, we have a nice wood screen door that covers this ickiness up.  That door also received a transformation that I will share when I share our Fall Porch.

Here is the front door after.


I would like to be able to tell you the colors I used but I just mixed a bunch of colors from my paint stash and then rubbed an antiquing glaze over the entire door.  The antiquing glaze I bought at Lowes.  I just dabbed and rubbed off until I had the look I wanted.  The colors included a leather brown color, a chocolate color and a gold and a little black.

Then to cover the glass, I painted chalkboard paint, 4 coats to be exact, and stenciled the message on the front.  I also painted chalkboard paint on the glass on the other side of the door but I'll show you that later.

I. Love. It!! 

After 7 years of living in this house, I finally love the front door and I only had to spend 10 bucks for the glaze since I had everything else.  Yay!

What do you think?

I'll be sharing our Fall Porch soon so stay tuned!! 

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36 comments:

  1. Love, love, love this! You did an amazing job. What a great idea to cover the glass with the chalkboard. I think you've started something now. This will be all the rage on Pinterest!

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  2. look at you! what a brilliant idea...i never would have thought of that. can't wait to see your fall porch, need some ideas for mine!

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  3. Fabulous job....you'd never know from the picture that your door wasn't really made of wood. I think that your idea of covering the glass with chalkboard paint is very unique. Thanks for doing another inspiring post!

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  4. Such a big, beautiful difference. I love the chalkboard.

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  5. WOW your door looks FABULOUS!! Love the paint technique!

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  6. Wow, that's impressive! Major change and it looks like you ended up with exactly what you were after. Sometimes things are better in our heads, not that I would know anything about projects like that. :) It's awesome!

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  7. That's seriously gorgeous! I don't even hate my door and I want to do the same thing to mine now. So pretty!

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  8. That's amazing! Love the chalkboard...what a great idea!

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  9. What a big difference! I love it!

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  10. That is phenomenal!! It's just perfect!

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  11. Love the front door transformation! What a cool feature on the glass with chalkboard paint. Will be more fun to write quotes on that seasonally than coming up with a wreath for the door. So clever, you are.

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  12. Love love it! You are clever to use chalkboard paint on the window portion. Will be so much fun to change out sayings seasonally rather than a wreath.

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  13. This looks amazing! I doubt my husband would ever let me do this. So so cute!

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  14. omg, amazing......totally amazing!!!! now come and do the same to my door ok? Christine from Little Brags

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  15. Wow, what an improvement! Well done!
    Claudia

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  16. Your door looks fab!! The chalkboard paint on the glass was such a clever idea well done!

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  17. I love it! The blackboard paint such a clever idea well done!

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  18. very cool idea! - Isn't it crazy how something like our front door throws our whole outlook on our home off somehow...You did a beautiful job - congrats!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  19. I love the door. I want to do the same technique to our front door at home. I LOVE IT. Keep it up.

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  20. This is such a fun, personal, and original idea...I love how it looks!

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  21. You nailed it! The door is great - can't wait to see what you've done on the other side!!!

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  22. It looks wonderful!! It also reflects your home as "yours"...not the mustard yellow. :) Can you see who is at the door? Perhaps a window to the side, etc? I think glass in a door is beautiful but makes me crazy to think someone might see in or break it to get in. Ditzy, aren't I? LOL

    Great job, as usual! Anxious to see the porch decor ~

    xo
    Pat

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  23. Holy moly! That transformation is awesome! I love it!

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  24. Gorgeous door, love the idea of a chalk board, the colour suits your style and home. xxx Rae

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  26. What a brilliant and beautiful solution! I love it!

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  27. You did a great job on this door makeover. Covering the glass with a chalkboard is a very unique idea. You can always transform the look of your front door by just changing what's written there. If you want to be more artistic, you can create art projects there too!

    Doug Medina @ Custom Home Improvements

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  28. Wow!! Love this! Such a pretty front door and such a great idea to do that!! :) Happy weekend! xx Holly

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  29. I think it looks awesome and I'm wishing I had a window in my front door now!

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  30. Wow, that is the coolest door ever!!

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  31. I would love a screen like yours! Where could I find one!?

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  32. So u just painted straight on the glass or u covered it with something and painted that? I'm so gonna do this! I fell onto ur fall porch blog and was admiring ur door thinking "I will never have one that nice, I can't afford it!" Then low and behold ours were the same door before u painted it! So I'm fixing to get busy painting mine! Love it!

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