Asked on Jul 16, 2014

How do I glaze, or distress, my turquoise door?

by SouthernBelle
I just painted this metal door turquoise, and I do love the color, I'd just like to time it down just a tad. I am looking online trying to learn how to do this, I've never used any type of glaze, or chalk paint, ect.
I have whitewashed my brick fireplace, using white paint and water, but Im thinking this calls for completely different materials. The door is metal, and the turquoise paint is a latex paint.
Thanks for any tips/ advice ect!
How do I glaze this metal door?
  15 answers
  • 117135 117135 on Jul 16, 2014
    If you are planning to use a dark glaze, you will want to seal the door first. Apply the glaze after sealing the door. You can make your own paint glaze with a product called Floetrol. You can apply the glaze with a brush, let sit a few moments and wipe off. There are plenty of You tube videos on "how to" You can apply an antique wax in the same manor. Is this an interior or exterior door?
    • SouthernBelle SouthernBelle on Jul 16, 2014
      @DeDe @ Designed Decor this door leads into the house, from the garage. It is fully protected from the elements. :) Thanks for your help!
  • Shari Shari on Jul 17, 2014
    From the picture you have provided, I think it's really pretty just as it is. It looks cheerful, welcoming and clean but in my humble opinion, distressing and glazing will make it look old, dirty, abused and in need of fresh paint! I suspect maybe you feel it's a little too bright because you aren't used to it. Before you rush into doing anything else to it, my suggestion would be to live with it, as is, for a month or two and see if the color doesn't grow on you more. Besides, if it is a door you use often, it will most likely get *naturally* distressed and aged with time. ;) If this were my door, the only other thing I would do to it is look into purchasing one of those vinyl decals that say something like, "Welcome" or "Welcome Home" and apply it to the flat middle section to the left of the door knob.
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    • Cp C Cp C on Jul 20, 2014
      @Shari YES to Sherry tho Southern Belle.. Because U won't be able to clean it at all.. .if distressed,,, etc. and they DO GET Dirty / just from everyday living!!
  • SouthernBelle SouthernBelle on Jul 17, 2014
    While shopping for a glaze today, I got this Valspar glaze. It is on Clearance for $5.98! I was told it is a discontinued item.
  • Barbara Ernsberger Barbara Ernsberger on Jul 18, 2014
    Go to Beyond the Screen Door. She has a great tutorial and I did just want you want to do with my back door, same color too! I did out front door in a yellow and toned it down in the same fashion. It is not hard ,just takes practice. You use paint extender to make the glaze from a darker paint. For my turquoise door I used brownstone paint color from Sherwin Wiliiams. Good luck!
  • Bodiedk Bodiedk on Jul 18, 2014
    You could get wreaths for every season and hang them accordingly .
  • Try preparing your door with semi-gloss Minwax Poly. There are paint-on and wipe-on versions. In order to keep your door looking fresh and bright, only glaze in the inside corners of the panels, so it will look like natural aging has occurred on the door. This will give you depth and texture, without needing to do the whole door. Start with using your glaze in small amounts directly in the corners of the panels and wipe towards the center. So you are basically moving from each corner towards the opposite corner. Then if you like you can lightly swipe over the middle of the panel, but I'm guessing the corner enhancement will be enough. And use a lighter colored glaze. Martha Stewart at Home Depot offers nice colors. To best preserve the effect, you would want to put another coat of poly over the finished door.
  • SouthernBelle SouthernBelle on Jul 18, 2014
    Okay, this was my first ever attempt at glazing, & I love it! I also glazed my bright red front door, and have so many other projects in mind!
  • Kim Fiebig Kim Fiebig on Jul 18, 2014
    Love, love, love it!!
  • Jo Marie Jo Marie on Jul 18, 2014
    The glazing gave your door so much more character! I Love It!!
  • Wow! What a great transformation -
  • Karen powell Karen powell on Jul 19, 2014
    what is the original color of your Turquois paint what brand and Is it oil or laytex ? Its a very nice color
  • Sherry Wade Sherry Wade on Jul 24, 2014
    I love your door, as is! In my opinion, all it needs is a wreath or other door decoration to go with it.
  • Michael Tracy Sadler Michael Tracy Sadler on Sep 13, 2015
    You can use Annie sloans wax in dark. Or by minwax paste wax and add dark stain to get the desired effect.
  • Ajohnsonfamily Ajohnsonfamily on Mar 06, 2017

    did you paint directly over metal white door how did you prep your door? I'm confused if it's new never been painted medal door do you have to sand it then prime it then paint it? Or just paint over new whit medal door with desired color?