Monday, July 23, 2012
My Recycled Front Door Makeover
I liken a front door on a home to a great piece of jewelry and an outfit...it can add the perfect finishing touch. The original front door to our home was quite dated and had a stained glass insert. While I love old doors, this one didn't have any interesting lines that would give me the european look I wanted. So I saved the stained glass insert for possible use in a garden shed and went shopping for a recycled door.
Here's a photo of our original door. This was taken right before we moved in
I found a recycled door at a contractors supply store. I thought it looked a bit french with it's large arched shape window. The only problem was the outside glass was a textured plexiglass...think 1970's, Ugh!
We had the plexiglass replaced with clear glass and I got out my Annie Sloan paint!!
With the door hung, I went about mixing a few colors to try out on the door pediment. The pediment is actually original to the home and was one of the few things I liked about the entrance area. I planned to paint the door and the pediment the same color for a nice unified look
I used a two-colored distressed method I learned at an Annie Sloan paint workshop and was pleased with the color. I used Paris Grey and Duck Egg Blue and it turned into a beautiful distressed shade of turquoise
The exterior of our home is a color coat stucco, called "Pebblestone", and this turquoise color complemented it beautifully.
Here is the finished product!
I plan to have a curtain made to hang on the inside window to complete the look.
Now that I'm happy with the front door......my focus is on that ugly door just to the right. It happens to be a closet for the furnace and why it's there is beyond me.... but I am already planning to make it over with some of the beautiful gray board we used to reface our garage door. You can see the post on my garage makeover here.
Another project down.....many more still to go :) Thanks for reading!