Thank you all for the kind comments about my last post. They were each very encouraging and sweet and I really appreciate them!
We finally finished a pretty simple project that we started two or three months ago.
Jeff and I originally thought we'd go the traditional route and use normal doors in the house, but we ran out of time to install them before we moved in. Since moving in however, we no longer feel rushed to make decisions about the unfinished parts of the house so we decided to do things we really love and we really love old doors on tracks. (I nearly fainted the first time I saw ALVN's door!) Naturally this lead us to abandon the traditional door and hunt down an old one for the bedroom.
After a few unsuccessful attempt to get Jeff to go flea marketing with me, I kidnapped my sister for a few hours until and made her chauffeur me around instead. I'm so glad I did, because she took me to a new flea market I didn't know about where we found this beauty...
It was perfect. I wasn't necessarily looking for a door with a window in it but because of the window, I couldn't pass it up. It was love at first site.
Jeff hung the barn door track (purchased from Lowe's) and the door right away because he's a go getter. Me, on the other hand, I like to take my sweet time getting anything done and waited a good two and a half months to paint it.
Actually, "running to the store" to pick up a quart of paint with five children in tow is about a three hour task and not having an abundance of spare three hour time slots, I quickly forgot about the paint and got used to having an unpainted bedroom door with a huge window and no glass. Who really needs privacy anyway?
Then I read that Kim at Twice Remembered is painting a door in her house and she shared some beautiful examples of what she likes which reminded me that I have a door I need to finish too. Thanks Kim, you were just the motivation I needed.
The technique I used is also how I finished the top of my coffee table but with a lot more layers of watery paint. The Flea Market Style magazine I got from my friend Lisa had a beautiful example of this type of paint technique in it too.
I love the blue cabinet on the right which actually has fresh paint on it, believe it or not. It looks like it was painted years and years ago.
So here's my attempt at a lighter colored version of what they did.
First, pick your color in latex paint. I chose Jade Island from Valspar. Then mix a little of the paint with water in equal amounts...half paint, half water. Then paint on layer upon layer, wiping up the drips and puddles as you go. You'll want to let the layers dry between coats so that the color can build up.
It's a little bit time consuming, but the goal is to have a paint that's a little bit transparent so you can see each layer which you can't do by painting with undiluted paint.
After about four or five layers of Jade Island, I used two more darker shades of blue plus a little white here and there (each color getting its own layer.) Those last three colors I diluted with even more water so that there was very little paint in the mixture. I wanted those colors to be very subtle, almost invisible. Then I knocked off a little paint on a few edges; the holes, scratches and rusty nails were already there.
For the window, we used plexi glass which Jeff sanded on both sides to an almost opaque finish. He likes the idea of a little privacy.
So there it is...finally. I still feel the urge to tweak it a little but I'm sure the urge will pass if I keep putting it off long enough.