How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door

Hi sweet friends!

Did you miss me? I’ve been feeling under the weather quite a bit lately, and it’s really knocked me on my butt. I have barely had the energy to get through work every day, let alone keep up with housework, projects around our home, blogging and just having a life in general. And I really miss it!

I have days where I start to feel better, and I’ll try to push myself to get a few projects on my to-do list done. But then I’ll just go right back to being sick again. Honestly, it’s been pretty frustrating because I’m naturally a person who is always busy doing something. And I hate the feeling of being unproductive.

Lately, I’ve been dealing with a sinus infection that just won’t go away. And it’s making me feel so exhausted that I could literally sleep for days! No fun… especially when it’s been so beautiful and warm out lately! But I’ve made sure to slow down a bit and get more rest, and I’m hoping that will help me kick this! Fingers crossed.

Anyway… I wanted to share a little DIY project with you this morning. I stumbled across this old wooden door at a local salvage shop a little over a year ago. It was in pretty rough shape, and had wood rot all around the bottom and in a few other spots. So I decided to clean it up a bit and give it a quick makeover using chalk paint and antiquing wax for more of an aged look.

How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door

When I was poking around the salvage shop, I also found this antique cast iron hook that was hiding in a box of rusty hardware and other odds and ends. I love the “old” feel and look of cast iron, and am certainly a fan of how well it holds up over time. I don’t know how old this hook is, but it was in great condition and just needed a little wipe down. I ended up just attaching it to the salvaged door and hanging a wire basket from it!

How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door

Supplies

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How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door

Instructions

  1. Start out by wiping down the entire surface of the salvaged door with a damp cloth rag. You’ll want to make sure that you remove any and all dirt, dust, cobwebs and other residue that has built up over the years!
  2. Apply two coats of bauhaus buff (or another color) chalk paint, and let dry. (NOTE: With chalk paint, there’s no need to sand the surface prior to painting.)
    How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door
  3. Then, distress the door where it would normally age – especially near the edges and panels – using 120-grit sandpaper. Wipe down the surface again with a dry cloth rag to remove any dust residue.
    How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door
  4. Apply 1-2 thin coats of the polycrylic spray. I did this outside since the fumes can be pretty strong. Let dry for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Using a dry cloth rag or another paint brush, apply the antiquing wax in small sections, especially in areas where the door has been distressed. Allow the wax to set for a few minutes.
  6. Next, buff out the antiquing wax with a fresh (and dry) cloth rag, removing any excess wax. Be sure to move in the direction of the wood grain, particularly when buffing out the door panels and outer edges, so that the finish looks more natural.
  7. To attach the antique cast iron hook, use a straight-edge rule to measure out the middle point on the top panel of the door and mark where the screw holes for the hook will be. Then, drill two screw holes. Be careful that you don’t drill all way the through the door (about an inch will do). Attach the hook using the wood screws.

How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door

And that’s how you can create an antiqued finish on a salvaged door! It’s a really simple and quick makeover that can easily be done in an afternoon.

How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door

For now, I have the antiqued vintage door leaning against the far corner of our dining room, styled with a hanging wire basket that can be filled with greenery or small antique finds. I really love how it looks behind our farm table + bench (tutorial).

How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door

But that’s kind of a temporary place for it, as I’m hoping to one day replace it with an antique corner hutch. And then I’ll probably end up repurposing the salvaged door somehow… maybe as a hall tree or a headboard. Not sure yet, but there are lots of possibilities!

How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door

What do you think?

How to Create an Antiqued Finish on a Salvaged Door

Source List:

  • farm table + bench – handmade (see tutorial for $150 farm table + bench here)
  • four wooden chairs – family member (FREE)
  • crocheted linen table runner – vintage shop
  • assorted brass candlesticks – flea market
  • folding trays – thrift store + handmade (see tutorial for farmhouse tray makeover here)
  • vintage dry sink – thrift store
  • distressed shutters – family member (FREE) + handmade
  • antique woven basket – vintage shop
  • large white pitcher – Target
  • antique hand-crank laundry wringer – family member (FREE)
  • vintage laundry soap box + assorted soaps – family member (FREE)
  • woven floor basket – Marshalls
  • dark green throw blanket – thrift store
  • decorative linen pillow – HomeGoods
  • antiqued vintage door – vintage shop + handmade (tutorial coming soon!)
  • hanging wire basket – HomeGoods
  • glass pendant lighting – Pottery Barn (on sale, of course!)
  • antique grain sifter – family friend (FREE)
  • chippy photo frames – Marshalls
  • cast-iron door knocker – Marshalls
  • skeleton keys – HomeGoods
  • distressed white door knob – Marshalls
  • antique crock – flea market
  • faux flowers – Pat Catan’s
  • antique washboard – flea market
katie

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  1. Love this! You truly have a gift and passion. Thank you for inspiring your followers and for sharing all your tips and trick with everyone!

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