how a little trip to @HobbyLobby helped gived my builder's grade pantry door some vintage style...

Wow. That was a long title.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my "new" entryway with you...it's really amazing what a coat (or 3) of paint can do...

It went from this:




to this:


Love.

As part of that makeover I repainted our little pantry door...it used to look like this:


Oh my gosh...so yuck.

But now look at it...


Sooooo much better, huh?

And it was really fairly simple to do...

First I took the door off the hinges and painted the entire thing (front and back) Duck Egg blue. I knew I wanted to add some texture to the door, but I wasn't really sure how I wanted to do it...that is until a trip to Hobby Lobby and a little thinking outside the box helped solve my problem.

As I was walking through the aisles, something near the back of the store caught my eye...in the dollhouse section...yep, the dollhouse section.

This is what I saw...


Fake "tin" roofs and dollhouse floor & door trim. I snatched up all they had (3 roofs and 4 packages of trim)...and then I headed to the wood stuff and grabbed a couple other things...(you'll see those in a minute)...

I toyed with the idea of leaving the roofs white and painting the trim white to match, but in the end I decided everything should be the same color as the door.

As soon as all the paint was dry, I eyed up the measurements (I rarely measure "for real"...it drives my husband crazy) and attached the roofs with wood glue. Then I held up the trim to the sides of each roof and just quickly marked it each piece with a pencil and "mitre'd" them with scissors. I attached the trim with glue and used painter's tape to hold the pieces in place until the glue had dried.



Then I just pushed some spackle into the places that didn't line up perfectly and painted over that with a little brush.

I knew that I wanted a little decoration at the top of the door, too...so when I was in wood department at the store I scooped up a couple of wood decorations...a medallion and some flourishes...



Then I repainted the door knobs...I changed them from brass to black. Next I added a little silver charm and a glass gem to the front of the knob for instant vintage appeal.


 I love that as the door is opened and shut, the paint on the knob is getting worn...



So, what do you think? Better, no?


Tomorrow I'll show you what I've done with the inside of the door...


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24 comments

  1. It's fabulous! I can't believe you just "eyed" it ... you're brave!

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  2. No kidding, the doll house section?? Talk about thinking outside of the box! Looks awesome Maggie!!!

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  3. O my garsh!!! Its adorable. What a vision you had! Beautiful re-do.
    ~j

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  4. Wow, that is amazing! I love the touch of the charm/gem on the doorknob. Did you get those at Hobby Lobby, too?

    sara @ applestonedrive.blogspot.com

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  5. Awesome! Love how you transformed the door! That is amazing! Love the color too!



    Courtenay

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  6. SOOOO beautiful! I love hobby lobby! (I finally have one, though it is a bit of a drive.) and your door knob is genius!

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  7. This looks wonderful! It seems so easy also, I'd love to change my plain doors.

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  8. Love how just a few tweaks made this door look completely different!!! And the whole area really...

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  9. LOVE THIS DOOR, MAKES ME WANT TO DO IT TO ALL MY DOORS! i would love to feature it if that would be ok with you please let me know.
    lauren

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  10. i love it maggie! great job! i wish you would come to our home & restyle it - it is such a cluttered mish-mash of stuff!

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  11. I love your new door!!! HA- I measure that way too and my husband is the same as yours! lol. Hope you have a great weekend! xo Holly

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  12. Wow! I love this door so much!!! What a transformation.

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  13. What a difference! Nice work!

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  14. the details look incredible, just stunning!

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  15. What a great idea! Looks so nice!

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  16. WOW what a stunning revamp! Maggie--this is gorgeous!!! Great job thinking out of the box!

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  17. What a creative thing to do! I am going to use some of your creativity and make my doors look better! Thank you for posting this!

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  18. can you come over and do mine now?

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  19. It looks amazing Maggie! What a difference, and very clever!!

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  20. LOOOOOVE it!!!! you did a great job!

    Thanks for linking up this week! I've featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2012/12-creative-ideas/ Have a great rest of the weekend!

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  21. What an AMAZING transformation Maggie! This looks wonderful...the color, the texture, and the doorknob just makes the whole thing pop. You are sooo good!

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  22. What a clever thing you are! I LOVE the door transformation-changes everything, and inspires me. I am visiting from the Midwest bloggers fb page, and I'm your newest follower1

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  23. Amazing! Love this and going to steal it! :)

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