“Old is the new NEW” ~Unknown
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I know some of you saw this door last fall when I redecorated our master bedroom. It was a 6 week event for the One Room Challenge. So for five of those six weeks, I showed bits and pieces of this door and did the reveal in week 6. I decided to write this one post just on this door, so you can see everything about it all in one place. If you’d like to go back and see the original postings, the final week with my room reveal has all the links and sources for everything I did and bought for this project.
I bought this old door years ago with the intention of making it into a headboard. We stored it in the garage of our previous house, then Mr. Cottage hauled it to the cottage where we put it in the shed. Finally, we brought it with us when we moved to our current house. I hauled it in from the garage so I could clean and paint it.
After I got it downstairs, I couldn’t get over all the nail holes in it. I cleaned it and then filled the holes with wood filler.
I painted one coat of Anne Sloan’s French Linen chalk paint over one side and the edges. After the paint dried, I applied Folk Art Crackle Medium, making it thicker in some places and thin or not at all in other spots. The thinner it is, the smaller and finer the crackle; and the thicker it is, the larger the crackle.
After the crackle dries, you can go ahead and paint your door. Normally it should take 3-4 hours, but the day I did this, it was so humid and even though I waited over 24 hours, some of my thicker spots were still a bit tacky. I rubbed some vaseline along some edges where I thought there might be more wear. We had some Behr Pure White Gloss paint in our utility room, so I just used that. When using a crackle medium, don’t paint more than one coat over the crackle finish. As the paint starts to dry, go back and wipe the paint off where you applied any Vaseline.
There was just a hole where the door knob had once been. I know I could have left it like that, that I wanted a door knob for hanging totes or a purse on. I found and bought this old glass doorknob from a flea market which you can see here. I ordered this rosette from House of Antique Hardware to cover the gap in the door.
I found this board at a salvage store and I had Mr. Cottage cut it in half. This board was perfect in every way except it was just a tad shorter than I wanted. Even the hole in it didn’t bother me.
I think it adds a bit of character to it!
I ordered 2 sets of cast iron shelf brackets from House of Antique Hardware.
After adding the antique reproduction brackets and the worn old shelves, I added things we already had around the house, like the sailboat, shells and coral we got while in Florida.
I hung my DIY map love hearts on the door.
Each heart shows a portion of a map where our kids are living. You can see the entire tutorial for making this here.
And I love how I was able to decorate it for Christmas!
I’m sharing at the following parties you can see here: