If you want to freshen up your interior, in addition to some details, new wall colors, or a new piece of furniture, you can also change the look of the door inside your home. Doors are an integral part of almost any room and changing their appearance will surely bring a touch of freshness to the space. You can repaint them in a color or combination of several colors, draw interesting patterns on them or cover them with wallpaper. You place the wallpaper in the same way as on the wall, but if you have a door that looks rustic, you still need to be a little more careful. We bring you a guide that will inspire and encourage you to be creative and give your doors a rustic look.
But first, let’s see what a rustic look is all about
The main difference between rustic and other styles lies in his negligence. It does not recognize smooth surfaces, neatness, delicate features, and bright colors, not only when creating furniture, but also in interior design. Your interior should not look “sleek”, all pieces of furniture should be “old” or well imitate old furniture. Cracked dining table and leather sofa, shabby chic wardrobe, old rugs, and faded towels in the kitchen – all this is the basis of rustic style and creates a feeling of home warmth and comfort created over more than ten years. Below are some ideas and suggestions on how to use this style and apply it to your wooden door.
According to Puertas EUROBLOCK, a great idea is to use old hardware to add to your rustic doors, such as old copper nails. Leave them as they are and just nail them into the wood, creative lines, and patterns. Also, you can repaint every additional element that is not wooden, in colors such as black, or dark green. This can be done by using regular spray paint you can purchase in any shop.
Sand the paint
The typical rustic pieces are left raw, looking like there haven’t been a lot of works on the wood. You can still see all the wooden characteristics like the rings and cracks. In order for these to be seen on your doors, all you need to do is prepare yourself for a lot of sanding, to clear out all the remaining paint. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to look perfect, all the imperfections will only add to the rustic look. After you sand the entire door, just go over it with some fresh varnish, to ensure protection.
Add crackle medium
If the door you want to turn rustic is pretty new, and without obvious damages that can be used for the rustic look, there’s a crackle medium that can be bought to make the cracks on the wooden surface. Depending on how deep you want the cracks to be, add layers accordingly.
What better way to add the rustic look to your doors, than using this cool technique? If you already have some interesting napkins lying around, even better. The real popularity of the technique gained in the 17th century in Italy and France, when Marie Antonetta expressed interest in furniture decorated with the decoupage technique. Since then, decoupage has been on an upward trajectory until the 19th century, when ladies of style loved decoupage furniture and screens.
The decoupage technique can be used to decorate any piece of furniture, but most often dressers, display cases, tables, and chairs are decorated. You can also use the decoupage technique to decorate walls, doors, and other larger surfaces. Once you learn how to do it, you’re probably giving all your wooden furniture a makeover.
Before deciding to redesign the doors yourself, here’s are a couple of things you should know
Old room doors are often of high gloss from old varnish and grease which is a great enemy of the new color. Whether you paint the door in yellowed white, white, or plan to paint it in a completely different color, the surface of the door must be well treated in order for the new color to be well received. This is extremely important because the door is not a hidden piece in the corner of the apartment that will not be exposed to friction, shocks, and everyday use, so the paint must be perfectly received to prevent it from peeling easily.
In addition, the initial treatment of wood is very important in order to “neutralize” cracks, scratches, holes, and the like.
That is why it is very important to sand the surface of the door well, to begin with. Or if you assess that in the makeover of our room door, you don’t have to do sanding of the wood and removing the whole paint, you can just sand the top layer of paint, which can turn out to be quite enough for the new paint to adhere well. The roughness of the sandpaper you start with depends on the condition of the surface of your door, so the worse the door is (holes, scratches, a lot of varnishes…) the rougher the sandpaper you will start with. At times, multiple different sanding papers may be required. You start, for example, with sandpaper 80, followed by sanding with slightly softer sandpaper, 120. You can do the sanding with a sander or by hand.
After sanding, it is important to remove dust and any remaining grease from the wood for which we recommend light wiping with a thinner to help remove both and dry quickly.
If the door has pronounced scratches, holes, or cracks, which you could not neutralize by sanding, it is necessary to fill it with a thin layer of wood putty. Once the putty has dried, you can sand off any excess putty with softer sandpaper and clean the door surface again.
Above mentioned preparation is necessary to protect your wooden door, and make sure it lasts. After the preparation is complete, simply apply some of the ideas we’ve mentioned above, for turning your door rustic.