Vintage Door Painted Poppy Makeover

6 Materials
4 Hours
I was inspired by a door I saw on Pinterest somewhere that was painted with a tall flower, so when I asked my artist friend if she'd like to do something like this on a vintage painted door, she obliged.
We started with an ordinary vintage door found at a garage sale.
Here's the old door and with all that old paint on it, I had a feeling there could be lead paint involved, so I was careful to use a mask when sanding it back.
Here it is after a good sanding with a couple of layers of paint showing through. We had a smooth surface though, and that is what we needed for the next step - painting the background for the artwork.
I used some old Chalk Paint I had lying around and then added Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Ironstone over the top to create our canvas!
Dana, my beautiful friend who is a talented artist, began sketching out the poppies that we had decided on, to be the flower of choice for this project.
Once the sketch was all done, and Dana was happy with placement, she was able to start painting using her acrylic art paints.
Here's a progress pic of Dana painting the lower poppy.
Note the GoPro camera set up here? We actually recorded a time lapse of Dana painting the poppy which turned out amazing and you can see that over on my youtube channel or via the blog link here in this post.
Tada!! Here's the finished door. I'm so happy how it turned out. Since this picture, I've also added some coat hooks across the centre board.
Here's a close up of the lower poppy.
I hope you've enjoyed this post and see the potential in those old vintage doors that you come across at garage sales and markets.
If you'd like to see the time lapse video, click HERE.

Resources for this project:

See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info

I Restore Stuff
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about this project?

3 of 12 questions
  • Sandy Przy Sandy Przy on Sep 07, 2019

     What a talented lady! Her work made a masterpiece out of your door!! Beautiful!

  • Nora Dolan Nora Dolan on Sep 07, 2019

    Drop dead gorgeous!!!

  • Kaci Kaci on Jul 11, 2020

    Your friend is a really talented artist. Her ability to get the scale right for the door, and her use of color and the ability to capture the poppies was really spot-on. Congratulations! Did she do the work as a gift to you, or did you pay her for the work?


Join the conversation

2 of 161 comments
  • Tonya Tonya on Aug 18, 2020

    O! M! G! I loveee this! I want this! I wish you were my neighbor!!! tfs

  • Kathleen Zaharuk Kathleen Zaharuk on Nov 09, 2020

    Great inspiration. Now I am getting ideas on how to do my inside apartment door as well as my bathroom door. Unfortunately I don't have any artistic friends; nor am I gifted but I'm thinking outside the box until I come up with something creative. What you and your friend have achieved is fantastic!