Friday, August 26, 2011

Old Door - New Message Center

Jacque from Jacque's Soda Parlor asked me how I painted these chairs to get the black/grey distressed look.




I didn't take pictures along the way (bad blogger!) so I'll be showing you a project I just finished of an old cabinet door where I used the same painting/glazing technique.

I took one of these doors that I found at Salvation Army and removed the curtain behind it.
 

I painted it a really pale blue and then I took my orbital sander and went over the entire door and heavily distressed the corners and edges. The stain I use for the antique glaze will get down into every area that you sand. If you want a subtle glazed look, go light with the sanding and hit only the corners and edges. I went heavy over the entire door because I wanted the stain to bring out all the details and imperfections.

Next I used Minwax dark walnut stain for the glazing. Just brush it on in small areas with a foam brush. 

Make sure you wear gloves and wipe it off with an old rag. I use an old t-shirt. Rub off the stain until you are happy with the color. I wipe it off as much as I can so it's not too dark. 

Here's the door completely glazed. See the different textures where the stain went down into the areas sanded? I love how it darkens the corners and edges. 




Here's my message center completed. I stapled chicken wire to the back on the top and painted a thin piece of board with chalkboard paint for the bottom. I (and by I, I mean my husband) added a brushed nickel bin pull to the bottom to hold the chalk. Sorry the pictures are so blurry. I was in a rush to finish to put my son to bed. 




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52 comments:

  1. It's amazing how that works! Your finished product is always gorgeous!

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  2. Wonderful idea with the doors. I love the look!

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  3. I love this idea for a message centre!

    Found you via the Newbie Party and you've got a new follower :)

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  4. Looking good...love me some glazing!!! I’m having a Pottery Barn gift card giveaway…hop over and enter…ends 8/28 at midnight.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  5. What a great idea. Love the glaze color you used and the clothespins are just darling. Thank you for sharing.Have a great week. Bobbie

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  6. Love your new message center! Very cute and love the color too! Happy Monday!
    -Marie

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  7. Wow...I love your new message center! I have something for old doors:-)). Just became a new follower. Julie

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  8. I love all these ideas. I wish I was more creative so I could think up things like this without pictures and step by step instructions. Thanks for sharing that with us.

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  9. WOW, Melissa, This is just exceptional! It is more than just a message board, but a great object d'art!
    Yvonne

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  10. I love this message center! Now to find a shutter I can do this with... :)

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  11. i love them all!!! thanks for sharing at Tell me Tuesday! :) you rock!!!
    xoxo
    ash

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  12. What a great way for repurposing the old shutters. It came out so good and I like that Hubby help too ;)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    @ Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my MAIN blog)


    Thanks for joining this Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party :)

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  13. It turned out so nice, love the distressing!...Christine

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  14. Melissa,

    I want to thank you for linking up on my "Sundae Shake Up". I also wanted to say that I have featured your message center on my blog. I loved finding out how you did this, and felt it was important to share with my other readers! Feel free to grab my featured button. Thanks again for sharing!

    Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor
    thesodaparlor.blogspot.com

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  15. Way too cute! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing at the newbie party.

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  16. I think I finally found the message center I want in my house! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

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  17. What a fabulous idea! I love the whole vintage look of it. And to think you actually made that--awesome!

    I'd love to have you link up at my Show & Share party!

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-3.html

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  18. I love this! Looks awesome!!

    Coley @
    www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  19. I like the way you transformed the door into a message center! Nice job!


    Hope you will bring one of your projects of posts to my first Potpourri Friday Party this week - Friday, September 2. Link-up starts on Thursday afternoon. Without a doubt, your participation will help make the party better!

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  20. This is so cute! I love the idea to use a drawer pull for the chalk holder--so clever!

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  21. Beautiful! What an amazing transformation! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next.. and I hope that if you haven't you will consider joining Stashbusting September which kicks of today @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/09/stashbusting-september-kickoff.html

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  22. Love the distressing you did on this! Just beautiful! And what a genius idea with the pull! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  23. Just had to stop by again to say that making a message center out of the door is so creative.

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you!

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  24. Wow- love the distressed look!
    Anything to keep us organized - Woohoo!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

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  25. I love the way you transformed these doors--the chicken wire is perfect! Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence.

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  26. That looks fantastic! My question is: why can't I find doors like that in my neck of the woods?! LOL ;)

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  27. I love this functional and pretty, even an upcycle. You rock. Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time :)

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  28. How cute and what a great idea. So glad you came to the party!

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  29. That looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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  30. Lovely job :)
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  31. That is such an awesome idea for a message center! Lovely how it turned out. Thanks for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  32. Super cute! I love chalkboards and chicken wire! I would love to have you share your talents at my VIP today =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/09/vip-party-26.html
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!! XO

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  33. This is wonderful. great technique. love the message center with the chicken wire. thanks for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

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  34. I love, love, love your message center. I am a bit chicken wire obsessed right now and you have my wheels turning! Thank you so much for linking your post up at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

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  35. This is a very cute idea and it turned out great. Thank you for joining Thrifty Things Friday and have a fun week!

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  36. what a great idea. LUV IT
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  37. thanks for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party last week! hope to see you again this week!

    andie @ http://crayonfreckles.blogspot.com

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  38. It looks perfect! Thank you for showing your distressing technique and for linking to It's a Party!

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  39. Cheap, beautiful, and useful...can't get any better than that! Love your bulletin board and your blog. New follower!
    Blessings, Audrey

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  40. That is super cute! One of the best message boards I have seen. Great job!
    Thanks for joining HSH!
    Sherry

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  41. this is amazing! I love the look of it! I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  42. This is great! I love the chicken wire. Thanks for sharing. Jess at OlyMomma

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  43. I love this! It is fantastic. Thanks for linking up and sharing. I will be featuring this tomorrow:>

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  44. Hi: I love the look! What a great idea. I am your newest follower. Blessings, Martha

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  45. I love this . . . I NEED this!! Thanks for the idea and sharing your amazing talents! Thank you for sharing this at our Strut Your Stuff Link Party! We hope that you will join us again tomorrow!!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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  46. Love it! Rugged, yet classic, perfect from your newest follower!!! Can't wait for more.

    Robyn
    raisinyankees.blogspot.com

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