French Farmhouse Door

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I found this antique door over a year ago but didn't know what I wanted to do with it.


The paint was kind of cool being chippy but unfortunately it fell everywhere when I moved it. Most likely it had lead paint as well, so I needed to come up with a new plan.

Keeping in mind that the door possibly had lead paint...I sanded outside and wearing a mask. I sanded with 80 grit paper to remove all the loose paint.

When I finished sanding I prepared my paint. I used Retique It Snow (white) which is a chalk like paint. It dries super fast and has a flat finish. Since I was white washing the door..I added water to it making it thin.

Perfect isn't needed for this project. I just brushed on my watery paint without worrying about getting it totally covered.

I even lightly brushed over the hardware, leaving some of the old patina and rust peeking through.

Then after the paint dried I sanded again taking off some of the paint.

I had been saving this rub on transfer for ages hoping to find the perfect piece. (The newer transfers are in round packaging, not that it matters much.)

I unrolled the transfer and planned placement.

I find it easier to cut the transfer up into smaller pieces. Plus that way you can design it anyway you want to use it.

The rest is pretty easy. Just rub on the transfer pulling the paper back as you go.

When I was finished I lightly sanded the transfer with a soft sanding sponge to get rid of any loose pieces. Then applied my sealer with a brush. If you would like to use your door outside..I would recommend an outdoor sealer such as Retique It Polytique.

Isn't it so pretty?

Here's a close up.

I ended up using it on my porch. ❤

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  • MJ MJ on Aug 11, 2021

    Most of us won’t find an antique door to use. I think we can fake your idea by joining inexpensive bed slats (they are light weight) together in the back and adding faux antique hardware. Then using your creative painting ideas it would be close. I just told my hubby I need a project this looks perfect for any empty corner. Thanks.

  • Arlene Hening Patterson Arlene Hening Patterson on Aug 16, 2021

    I have a great old barn door in corner of my living room. It's very rustic and the transfer gives me lots of ideas! Thanx