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Restoring an old door

Easy step by step instructions showing how to restore your own old, faded and peeling door, presented by Crafty Corner

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We all have a door like this the garden, they tend to often been our poor neglected garage or store room door. You walk past it every day and think that it is time to fix it but some how you are daunted by the task. Well let us show you how simple it really is with our easy home maintenance step by step instructions.

finnished door

What you need:

  • Thick paint brush
  • White water based matt acrylic paint (or color of your choice)
  • White solvent based enamel paint (or color of your choice)
  • Metal scrapper
  • 60 grit sand paper
  • Bowl with water to clean your paint brush and turpintine to clean the enamel

Step 1

Using your scrapper, scrape and chip off loose pieces of paint, including areas where bubbles have formed under the paint.

scrap off old loose paint

Step 2

Using your 60 grit sand paper, sand down and smooth away rough edges on the surface of your door.

sanding door

Step 3

Make sure your surface is smooth by gently rubbing your fingertips over the parts of the door you have sanded down. You will be able to feel where there are bumps or rough patches that require more sanding.

check the finnish

Step 4

Using your matt acrylic paint, paint your first coat of paint over the entire surface of your door and leave it to dry. Rinse your paint brush in your bowl of water when done.

matt acrylic paint

Step 5

Using your gloss enamel paint, paint your second coat of paint over the entire surface of your door and leave it to dry. Rinse your paint brush in your bowl of turpentine when done. It is good practice if you have a green sunlight bar to rub this onto your brush before you pack it away.

enamel paint

Step 6

Your door is finished. The end result I had with my door is shown in the pic below.

completed door