When I first bought these doors (I have two of them and one still to be completed), I knew the potential for something beautiful was there. I just needed to see beyond the condition and dust that covered them. I suspect they were left in a garage somewhere as they were covered in dust when I found them.
They stand at 42 1/2 inches tall and are solid wood construction. I couldn't pass them up. So I removed the hardware and started filling all the cracks, holes and crevices with wood filler. Of course I had to clean them first with a mixture of 50/50 Denatured Alcohol and Water. Once the wood filler dried, I used 150 grit sand paper and sanded those areas until they felt smooth. I used a soft chip paint brush and dusted the areas where I sanded.
I chose to paint the doors using General Finishes Milk Paint in Persian Blue. It's just the perfect warmth of blue with a hint of green as an undertone. It works so nicely in most any decor and creates a subtle pop of color while also acting as a neutral. Truly one of my favorite paint colors to use.
Persian Blue seems very French to me and therefore I wanted to add some French design elements that would make this stand out no matter where it was placed in a home. So I used a Re-Design with Prima Design Transfer and applied the Rose by scraping the transfer onto the surface. After which I sanded to ensure it had a smooth feel to the touch.
I then decided that a beautiful French stencil would look amazing on the lower half of the door and I happened to have a French Poem Stencil I purchased thru Cutting Edge Stencils. Using General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black, it was the perfect touch the door needed.
I then sealed the entire door using General Finishes Flat Out Flat Top Coat followed by light detailing in the creases by using General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. I hand distressed all the edges and called it Done. I absolutely love the results. Do you love it too?!