Front Door Tutorial

10.08.2010



Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments about my refinished front door. Several of you were very interested in hearing how I achieved the look so here it goes.
If you missed the front door reveal post it is HERE.

This is how it looked before.
This is a very dark brown.


 First I painted it with Cavern Clay by Sherwin Williams. It took three coats over the dark paint since I did not bother to prime first. This is the base color.


I used Sherwin Williams high gloss latex enamel.


Then to add depth and to tone down the color I used Valspar translucent color glaze in Mocha.
You can purchase this at Lowe's. It is around $15, but one bottle goes a long way. I am on my second bottle now and have done a lot of glazing.


This is after the coat of mocha glaze. Looks good, but I wanted more depth added.
When I glaze I use a brush and put it on one section at a time. Like in these rectangle areas I would brush it on and wait a minute and then with a lightly damp cotton rag I wipe it back off and leave extra in the crevices. You just have to work with it to get the aged look you prefer. You can go lighter or heavier.


To add more color and depth I mixed Sherwin Williams Seal Skin (black) with Behr Faux Glaze.
I mixed about three parts glaze to one part paint.


This is the black mixed with glaze.


Here is a close up of the formula. I had it mixed in their sample size and it comes in a satin finish which is what I want to use to mix with glaze.


This shows the depth and richer color after glazing with the black. I repeated the same glazing technique as with the mocha.


Here is a close up of the finished color.


Last step, after the paint and glaze dry at least 24 hours, is to polish with this finishing paste wax.
I may end up having to seal the door since it gets so much sun. I am not sure how well this wax will hold up outside.






And there you have it.
Now get those paint brushes and get to work!

 Everyone enjoy the weekend. It is a three day weekend for some folks like Mr. Savvy. He will have an extra day to work on his extended garage. Yep, he had another bay added.

I have more paint projects going so y'all come back now!

KIM


30 comments:

  1. Oh my....very very well done! I love it. And thank you for taking the time explaining how you did it.
    AK xo

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  2. Great tutorial! I am not familiar with the Behr glaze you used. This sounds interesting, but I can see how adding the black would add the extra depth to the overall look. Again, you really did a great job on that. I am still just so amazed at how fast you work too. It is truly your gift! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Kim, thanks for showing us your secrets! I love the way you door was transformed!

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  4. A great tutorial and I love the color. It is so inviting. Looks fabulous with your rock work. Hope you have a super weekend. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Wow, Kim, your door looks great! I have used the same Valspar glaze several times, but only on walls. Love the new look! Hope you are getting cooler weather your way!

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  6. It looks so pretty. I loved the black too but it is fun to change things up, huh???:):) XO, Pinky

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  7. Thanks for the step by step tutorial, Kim. We learn so much from you. You door turned out really pretty...Christine

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  8. Just love the way it looks with the black glaze added..it is that extra step you do that makes your paint projects just stand out!

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  9. I loved it before, but I love the warmth of it now. I'd like to see a further out view too Kim, I bet it really looks good from all distances:)

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  10. I'd probably put a chair right in front of the house and just sit and star at it...Gorgeous!
    You rocked that one out Kim!
    xoxo~kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  11. Kim, this looks fantastic and tutorial was amazing. I'm totally in awe of your skills. I'd never even think of tackling a front door. In my youth I refinished a few pieces of furniture and last spring refinished a child size table and chairs, but that's the extent of my ambition. You are truly an inspiration! ~ Sarah

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  12. it is stunning!!!!
    can I come on in?

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  13. I am so glad you use some Behr products. I used Behr paint for all of the interior of my house and really like it for the price. You an expert at glazing!

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  14. I'm beginning to think that your blog should be called The Painted House now instead! Ha!

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  15. Thanks for sharing! I would love to paint our front door in FL! Our house is lavender...so a color is tricky! I think navy would work well. I'll show my hubby this post! ♥

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  16. It looks wonderful Kim! Thank you for the tutorial.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  17. I'm bookmarking your tutorials, they are really good. I have sliding doors now but I could use the same treatment on anything wood so I should get the same desired finish. Just lovely.

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  18. Thanks for the tutorial. I think I may try this on my master bath cabinets! Wish me luck!
    Lacy

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  19. Wow! It is absolutely gorgeous!

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  20. Looks great, Kim. Enjoy your three days with Mr. Savvy :)

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  21. Your door just turned out so beautiful --I like that you have a swag in your door too -gives it a different look from a wreath. Thnk you so much for showing us step by step how to achieve the same look

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  22. Your door really looks wonderful! Thanks for giving the step-by-step instructions. You did a great job on it and on the whole front porch decor!

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  23. I just did a post about our newly repainted door also. My husband did most of the work, but it sure took him a long time to prep the door. We too used a high gloss, and I love the look. Your colour choice with the glazing is beautiful. Love your entry decor also. We have a 3 day weekend here too (Canadian Thanksgiving) so hopefully we'll have lots of time to get projects done!

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  24. Loving your front door even more. Isn't it wonderful how we can change things around for different looks? Thank you for taking the time to do a tutorial for us and helping us to do the same thing for our homes from your tips. Love ya Kim... ♥

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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  25. Thank you for your awesome detailed instructions! However, even if I followed your tutorial to a "T," my finished door would turn out hot pink! LOL. I'm just hoping you'll start a "Paint and Glaze Tour," with Myrtle Beach, SC being your first stop! *Becca*

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  26. Kim, thanks so much for sharing the step-by-step instructions. I had a general idea how this would work but never knew for sure and you made it so easy to understand. I really enjoy your pics and informative posts!

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  27. Now you've got me all excited and motivated to tackle my own front door. It's a very sad way to come into the house right now, and it has yet to float to the top of the To Do list. I have the paint, and I can make the time... I think it's time to get it done. (Love your door, again)
    Connie

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  28. Your killing me!!I just painted my door (which has been builder white for last 9 1/2 years) to the Iron Gate like yours was. Now I love this!!! Off to get more paint! :-)

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  29. Wow, the door looks fabulous! How did you decided on which color to use as your base? That would be the hard part. A lot of times that base coat can be a pretty scary shade! And is your door wood?

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  30. Yes, Anita the door is solid oak. I knew I wanted a terra cotta color and so I picked a shade that looked like that.

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