Custom Door - Craft Room Makeover - Extreme Upcycling

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Hi There,

This is the third project in my Extreme Upcycling-Craft Room Makeover Series. I am working on several upcycled projects to get my craft room more organized and to make it look better.

Today's project starts with a cheap panel door, some paint and some empty tin cans.

The first step was to paint the door. I started with a coat of primer paint and then added a top coat of gray.

Next, I took a bunch of tin cans, tin can lids, and literally a couple of thousand silver thumbtacks and put a rusted finish on them.

Once the cans were rusted I cut them into 2x2 squares using a cardboard template and some tin snips.

I laid out my design and determined how many metal squares I would need.

Then I marked the door and started applying the squares using the thumbtacks to hold them in place.

Once all the squares were in place with a couple of tacks I finished off all the sharp edges by covering them with more thumbtacks.

The final step was to add a coat of minwax polycrylic.

You can find all the details in the attached video.

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Happy Upcycling,


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