Recently a homeowner in Cardiff by the Sea asked me to paint her beautiful, old, oak front door green. When she showed me the sample color she wanted to use I was mortified. Normally I don’t give my opinion about my client’s color choices but this time I had to speak up. This home we were working on was a custom Tuscan style house over-looking the lagoon with stunning ocean views. This house deserved a grand entrance. Instead of a solid green, I recommended a distressed finish using colors similar to the one I had used when refinishing kitchen cabinets. I showed the homeowner this example and she agreed that a faux technique would be a better choice.
To achieve this look you will need
- Sand paper ~ 220 grit
- Primer ~ Zinsser Cover Stain
- 3 paint colors
- We used SW 6722 Cay, SW 7665 Wall Street and Valspar VR022D Glistening Aqua
- Sand entire door to remove old stain (always sand in the direction of the grain)
- Paint entire door with primer – Avoiding knots and gouges
I then did a test area on one of the panels to determine what color combinations looked best. I used SW Cay as a base, SW Wall Street to mimic deterioration and Glistening Aqua to add a copper patina look.Dry brush each color allowing each color to dry between coats. Applying sparse amounts of paint is key! I dabbed my brush on a rag, removing most of the paint. Now comes the fun, creative part ~ MESS IT UP! The trick is to remove paint in areas that would naturally be worn off due to sun exposure, moisture and friction. For an authentic appearance~
- Sand raised areas, edges, using a sand paper block. I wanted to achieve a heavily worn, aged look to this door. In some areas I sanded the paint all the way down to raw wood
- Leave deposits of paint in recessed areas, cracks and crevasses.