Whether or Weather you Glaze a Door

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Whether you glaze or not, you will want to check this out.  How to make a piece of furniture or decor look “weathered” is about as easy as spraying some water.

If you are a somewhat regular around here,  you know how much I love a good dumpster dive and free furniture!  I have been fortunate to be the recipient of some  amazing pieces.   This is a nice big free door I found in the back of a parking lot of a run down shopping center.  (you have to know where to look…)  I gave it a makeover and cool weathering trick!

The door was solid, but required  TLC.  Sanding, filling some holes, it was good to go.  I painted only one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Myrtle Beach Sand on the frame.  I painted the inside with a chalkboard paint.

Now for the fun part, I used one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s clear glaze over the Myrtle Beach Sand.  This serves as a barrier between the tinted glaze I will put on and the paint.  CeCe Caldwell’s paints are  100% natural and made from chalk and two kinds of clay.  They are the easiest paints to work with, but also highly absorbent.  If you are using a glaze, you will want to put a barrier between the paint and the glaze, so you have some “movement” when you put the glaze on.

I wanted the door to look genuinely old and this trick could not be easier.  Check out how to apply glaze in THIS POST.  Keep a spray bottle with water nearby.  Brush on your tinted glaze, (I use a cheese cloth wadded up in a pom pom to pull some of it off, so it doesn’t look streaky).  the area you just glazed with water.  Don’t overdo it or you will end up with only a little glaze and some soggy furniture.

When the glaze dries, this is the effect you will have.  Cool huh? I added this perfectly chippy door plate I bought from a friend at Paris Flea Market in Livermore, Ca.

I sealed the frame with CeCe Caldwell’s hard wearing Endurance, then burnished it with just a brown paper bag!  You can check out my How To Video to see how easy Endurance is and how you can smooth it out with just a brown bag.

I have several more doors to go.  If you want to see the “miracle” of how I came by all these old solid doors for FREE, you can check THIS POST.  Trust me, you might start keeping your eyes open to the unexpected gift.

The weather should be gorgeous for our next sale at Paris Flea Market, where my weathered chalkboard door is for sale!


In the meantime, the door will be knocking around at these fab get togethers:


Upcycled Treasures

Savvy Southern Style


  1. Gigi Harlan

    I love it! It looks perfectly aged and the added hardware looks perfect with the weathered effect! The saying on your chalkboard door made me giggle…cute!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  2. Kelley

    I love it too! I have dreams about finding a door and making a piece like this. Nice job.

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Kelley! Keep your eyes open for old buildings and spaces being remodeled. They usually throw out the doors!

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