Before and After stained contractor interior doors DIY

Before and After – Builder Grade Interior Doors Turned Into A Distressed Beauties!

My love of chalk painted started when I stumbled upon a home decor boutique in Monument, CO. The store displayed their decor items on furniture that had been treated to look “worn” and had that “chipped paint” look I liked. The shop owner showed me the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan that was used to create these timeless pieces. Then, he showed me the classroom where he offered Chalk Paint classes. Of course, I took the classes and I was hooked. This was the answer I had been looking for for many years. I had many pieces of furniture I had collected from garage sales and thrift stores that just needed to be refinished and brought back to life. My first project, my dining room Louis chairs that I have for over 10 years. I used layers upon layers of paint to emulate old world French furniture. I utilized the techniques I had learned from class and discovered a few techniques of my own. The Interior Door Project A Wish Come True I searched through many resources to find the right interior doors. But it took longer than I expected. Of course, if the budget had been unlimited, it would have been a “bit” easier and faster to accomplish. But I wasn’t part of unlimited budget decor club so I needed to search for ideas that were within my realm of spending. However, when it came right down to it, I kept saving the exact same dark distressed door, over… read more


I started this project in June but since we’ve been so buys this Summer seems like I didn’t have time to put the finishing touches on yet! It’s been quite a year of traveling and visits to California… But here is what I have so far . . . (BTW, walls have been painted ONE color, caramel above) I have switched from Anne Sloane to Vintage Market.  I think it goes on just the same and I don’t have to seal it with wax it I don’t want to, but I like the finish better with wax.  I chose the Vintage Market brand to do my kitchen cabinets because I wanted them sealed immediately, otherwise I’d have to wait the 30 days for curing. Also, I wanted to avoid oil stains and could use a light natural cleaner with the VM clear sealer. Stay tuned for the finished cabinets!

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