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Metal doors add their character to the house. However, if you are looking for that antique door feel, then you might want to transform it a little bit to give it a more authentic feel. If you have a nice colour in mind, and your door is one of those panelled doors that can be made to look just like your desired antique door. Read on further to learn more about how to do this with a simple painting technique.

Prepare your door and equipment first!

The first step in every task is to gather the appropriate materials for the job. Grab yourself a nice paintbrush, preferably 2 ½ inches in width, and a good primer. For the colours, it is best to have at least two, one in the colour of wood, the other in your preferred final colour. We would like the door to look as authentic as possible, so we would add touches of wood tones to create that feel. Lastly, get yourself a nice sprayer and pour some water in for our blending technique later. Prime your door first to make sure that the paint sticks to the surface well. Once you have done this, you are ready to paint your door.

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Painting your metal door

For this painting job, we want to achieve that rustic feel, matching that look of an old door with a beautiful pop of colour. It is important to note that we have to paint along the wood grain, and although metal doors do not have that, we will be working as if they did. We have prepared a guideline on how to paint across the door with the proper stroke directions. Check out the image below for a better illustration. In painting wooden panelled doors. We usually start from the panels, then the midsections, and then, finally, the edges. Here is how you should blend your paint:

  1. Start with the brown paint. With a dry brush, dip into your paint and brush along the direction shown in the picture. Do not paint the whole door, just paint in sections where you feel it fit. 
  2. After painting it thinly on the surface, wait for a couple of minutes. Do not let it dry though.
  3. Spray it with water and then continue brushing it back and forth in the right direction. 
  4. Do this with the other colour, this time painting the whole door’s surface.

After following these instructions, you’ll be sure to have that antique looking door that goes perfectly with the lighting and at different times of the day. Pair it up with nice antique designs around it and you have yourself a nice beautiful look on your home!

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Pieter Boyce - Wooden Window and door specialist

Pieter Boyce
Wooden Window and Door Specialist

This article was written on behalf of Fortis & Hooke by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at www.boultonboyce.co.uk.

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