Thursday, December 3, 2009

Style Injection: Kitchen Door Project (Part Two - Reveal!)





Thanks so much for the kind comments about our new windows :) We are really loving the way they freshened up the look of the entire house. It's a big blessing, too, to have those aluminum sliders out before the chilly Ohio winter sets in!

Okay - down to business. The kitchen door. Before the holiday weekend, I shared the kitchen door project that had hit a little rut. I'm happy to say that, after some of Sam's mad wood-putty skillz, the "rut" is barely noticeable. Two coats of paint later, and she looks great.

You'll remember how the metal door that leads from the kitchen to the garage started out...


Chipping paint...

Worn-out hardware...



It needed some love, didn't it? A new door was beyond our budget for the time being, so Sam and I put our heads together and came up with a plan for next to nothing. We had an area lumber yard (yes, the old school kind!) rip some lattice boards to our specs, picked up some chalkboard paint and Liquid Nails at Home Depot, and used primer and trim paint (plus screws and wood putty!) we already had. The wood was $18 including labor, the spray paint for the hardware was around $6, and the chalkboard paint was $12. So, for a grand total of around 35 beans...

We made our old door look like a new door!

See? You can just barely see the marks from the screws now :)

Sam caulked to keep the chalk dust from settling behind the lattice, too. He did such an awesome job on this whole project. (((Thank you, Babe!!!)))


Tah da!

The photo is a little crooked, but we couldn't be more please with how the real door turned out :) We hope you like it, too!





The first post about this door project has more details about the process. You can read it here!





10 comments:

greenyourkitchen said...

So it is all over now (with the door). Glad to hear that! And I'm surprised to see that those screws from before are completely hidden now -- I can't find any track of them in the pictures. Job well done, and I hope that the door chalk-board doesn't generate too much dust.

Jacci said...

Hey, Green. After you left an earlier comment about dustless chalk, I looked it up. Thanks so much for mentioning it! We put an order in to Amazon every month for books, and I plan on ordering some of the dustless chalk this month along with our regular order. Thanks, again!!!

Jacci :)

Elisa @ whatthevita said...

This makes me wish that our pantry door is old chipped and flat so I could do this, too! :-)

Mrs. Limestone said...

The door being metal is a huge win. That magenetic primer just doesn't do a great job.

cindy said...

Great job on the door, looking forward to seeing more projects!

Kathleen said...

Love this idea! Can I ask a couple of questions-did the doorknob and lock fit back on ok on top of the wood, where the screws long enough? Also have you ever spray painted your doorhandle and locks before? I've seen this done on other blogs and really want to hide my brassy hardware, just not sure how it would hold up.
Thanks Kathleen

Dave said...

Excellent job! I'm impressed and following ;) -1916home.net

Emily said...

This is awesome!!

JacciM said...

Thanks, everyone!

Kathleen - the doorknob went back on just fine with the original screws. I just called Sam to check, and he said "They fit well enough" :) We haven't had any trouble with the doorknob feeling loose.

On the spray paint - we did it hoping it would hold up long enough to last a year or two before we replaced the set completely. Knob sets are expensive! It's a little worn where the little central knob lock twists - but nothing you would notice unless you were locking/unlocking the door.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

~Jacci

Jacci said...

just an update to say that as of Feb 2012, the spray paint is holding up really well on the knob and lock. just a few tiny scratches and the initial rubbing from the lock turning. not noticeable at all. we're still really happy with it!