The Door to the Past
Do you remember all those old doors I scored from the old church here in my town? You know the ones they literally “gave” me??
I finally got my act together and used them for something. I was especially partial to the white one on the right, the hardware is original, post World War II and I thought the three panels would make an excellent chalkboard.
I started by removing all the hardware. Unfortunately, when the door had been repainted, much of the hardware had been too. I made a lovely soup for dinner that night in my crock pot.
After a thorough overnight simmer, most of the paint just peeled away. Next I turned my attention to the door. I cleaned it thoroughly with TSP solution to get all the accumulated dirt and yuk off of it. Sanded it with a 220 grit, then sprayed the entire piece with my favorite primer Zinnser 123. I decided to prime this piece because I didn’t want any of the old paint coming loose and compromising the finish of my work.
I painted all three panels with Chalk board paint, and painted the remainder of the door in CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White. Two coats, sanded it until baby soft smooth with a 320 grit sandpaper, then sealed the Vintage White with 100% Natural CeCe Caldwell’s wax. If you haven’t tried this wax, then you are in for a huge surprise. It has very faint, pleasant smell, no harsh fumes, no petroleum, nothing. CeCe Caldwell’s wax is as tough as nails, but it is 100% natural. After the wax had dried, I buffed it to a lovely shine, put the hardware back on, voila! I have a chalkboard door, ready for service.
Side note: Did you know that most competitive brand’s wax is full of harsh chemicals, and even one brand contains NAFTA, which is listed as a known Carcinogen and directly linked to Cancer. Do your homework when you are using painting products, especially wax.
I love how the original hardware adds character to the door:
Check out that chippy goodness on the hinges!
And how about that plate? You don’t see that served up every day
Here is the finished product:
I wish I had room in my home to keep this door, but Suffering Husband has already placed a Moratorium on anymore chalkboards around here.
Next time you come across an old door, take it out of the past and give it new life as a memo board.
This post originally aired a bajillion months ago. However, that moratorium on chalkboards has since been lifted. Check out how I used another door for a chalk board in “Keeping It Real Holiday Home Tour” .
Moral of the story. Keep the door to the past open for all the many ways you can use an old door……