How do I paint old french doors?
I am converting some large french doors into sliders for a client. They are 30 inches wide and 8 ft tall and have large glass panes. They are very cool. I will be filling old mortices and lock holes with dutchmen and filler. There are multiple layers of paint with a variety of pealing/chipping. I think I will need to strip most of the existing paint but the client would like them to look distressed with turquoise accents showing thru an off-white surface. Would like comments on some different approaches I might try after stripping, sanding and prepping the door. After sealing with a light stain, paint the doors with a tinted (turquoise) oil based primer. Ideal one-- Apply crackle medium, a layer of off-white flat latex hopefully exposing some of the turquoise below. Let dry and after a light sand, apply a glaze (brown wax?) to accent the distressing, and then coat with oil base urethane. Idea two- forgo the crackle medium and roll on a heavy coat of off white paint (oil? latex? chalk?) over the primer and while still wet run over it with a crocodile/alligator texture roller. Exposing some of the turquoise. Then apply a glaze (brown wax?) to accent the distressing, and then coat with oil base urethane. Any comments on any of this is greatly appreciated. I will post the project when I am done.