Vintage doors are everywhere! Every time I waste my day away on Pinterest I find a new idea for an old door.
But what if you don’t have an old door? What if you only have new doors? Don’t worry you can make them look old.
I am a neighborhood curbside collecter. If drive by and it’s in the driveway with a sign that says free, I pull over and throw it in the Corporate Jet aka the minivan. I even have neighbors that send me texts when they drive by pieces of furniture or items I might want to rehabilitate with a little paint. So of course, when I found these doors in a drive with a sign that said free, I had to snag them. Then they sat on the side of my house all summer long!
I had no clue what to do with them now that I had them. They are too new for me to do anything vintage with them. I think one was a panty door and the other was for a closet. But it didn’t have a handle on it. Then one day I had a moment where I looked at those doors and said well if they are not old, I will make these new doors look old using paint and glue! Yes, glue.
The first step to aging your new doors is to choose your base color. This is the color that you want to show through all the cracks and distressing. I choose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence. Which seems appropriate since my inspiration doors were old italian villa doors.
I gave them a really messy coat. It doesn’t have to be perfect or evenly covered. In fact, the more texture you can give your paint the better. It will only add to the aged look.
Then I mixed up a lighter coat of paint by mixing Florence with ASCP in Old White. I wanted the lighter tone on top to be my main color.
Now here is where the magic happens. To get that chippy and crackly look of aged, time worn doors you are going to use good old fashioned Elmer’s School Glue. Yes, I know there are a lot of crackle mediums out there. But in the interest of saving money, school glue works great. I used 1 whole large bottle per door.
Using a chip brush, start to paint the glue on your door. Make it thick in some areas and thinner in others.
Then while the glue is still wet, apply your top coat of paint. Again, make it messy. Neatness doesn’t count here. Also, if you plan to use your top coat of paint in another project just pour what you think you need in another container. That way when you dip your gluey chip brush in, you’re not making all your paint gluey.
As your glue dries, it will begin to shrink. And it will shrink the top layer of paint with it, making it crack.
Depending on how thick or thin you applied your glue, you will get big and little cracks. I let it dry for about 24 hours just to be sure all the glue was set. I did have it on pretty think in some areas. I chose not to sand any of my edges because I didn’t want the white from the door to show through. But if you have a different colored door, you could distress it further. I didn’t even wax it because I wanted that chalky look. I did however, apply a little bit of dark aging wax into the corners of my door. Just to add a few years to them.
Just think of all the possibilities you can do with your new “aged” doors. You could make part a chalkboard and use it as a message center or add some hooks and use them in an entry. Or turn them sideways for a headboard. I decided to hang mine on my wall, replacing a painting that I was getting kind of tired of.
They are the first thing you see when you walk in my front door and I think they set the tone for my house. They really add a gorgeous pop of color! In fact, a friend came over the other day and asked where I find all my old doors? I almost didn’t tell her that they were new!
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