{Pizz-zz} Back Door

Remember when I added a little Pizzazz to my kitchen cabinets? Well, I have this sad, pitiful back door that was begging for some spunk as well.

The door leads in to a small bathroom, and out to the patio and pool. And since it’s not visible from the street, I felt like I could have some fun with it! For whatever crackhead reason, the builder made this door unusually skinny, and with no interest.

before 1

And you see my highly scientific method of choosing paint colors. I grab a bunch of samples, tape them up, examine from different angles, then take down the iffy ones until I’m left with the winner. (I’ve had 22 shades of gray taped to my guest room wall for 3 months. If anyone has the perfect gray, please let me know!) In this case, I wanted the door to look like the color of the pool, so the choosing took about 10 minutes.

But before painting, I wanted to make the door more visually interesting. My genius aunt suggested making it look like a weathered, Old Mexico style door. But unfortunately, it’s solid metal, so I wasn’t going to be able to actually distress it. So I got the spackle and putty knife out and went to town.

applying spackle 2

I used pink spackle so I could see where it was going (it dries white). I was really messy about it so it would have rough texture.

close spackle 3

It became quite addicting, and I had a hard time knowing when to stop. Fortunately, Mr. Sugarplum was home and able to intercede on the door’s behalf.

full door spackle 4

I gave it a few days to fully dry and knocked off any grossly protruding chunks. The winning paint color was Aegean Blue, by Martha Stewart for Home Depot. But sorry Martha, I didn’t actually buy your paint. I had HD color match with their Behr outdoor flat latex. Using a 5″ cheapie bristle brush, I messily blobbed dabbed the paint on the door, getting it all the grooves of the plaster. Then using some leftover navy blue paint, I added a bit of that in places to give it layers and more dimension.

first coat paint 5

Ok, that sounds like I was all methodical about it…but really I was just winging it to see what I liked. This just looked dirty, so I covered most of the dark with the Aegean Blue.

final 6

Here’s a better shot of the final texture:

final close 7

I  like the little bit of navy showing through…I can pretend I found this old door in San Miguel and it had years and years of layered paint. We also added that rusted old knocker we found on our Spring Break trip to Glenrose, Texas. It’s a little low for my taste, but since my sweet man drilled into metal for it, I’ll smile and say, “Thank you!”

It’s certainly better than just a plain, no character door. And it’s fun to see from different places in the house.

inside view 8

And adds good color outside:


It was a super easy project…and the best part was I didn’t have to be precise and careful…since rustic was what I was going for! What do you think?

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I think its amazing how a ho-hum buiders'door can be transformed into such an attractive part of your back porch. You did a great job and I really love how it turned out. Your blog is my very favorite out there! ali 🙂

    Posted 7.9.10 Reply
  2. That was a great idea for the texture on the door! Looks great!

    Posted 7.13.10 Reply
  3. Jen wrote:

    Wow, that was so creative & fun!

    Posted 8.11.10 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Gosh….I know you must have worked really hard…and I am glad that you like it…but, honestly….it looks a little like an old plywood door that has warped and peeled. Not terribly attractive.
    But, everyone has different tastes…glad you are happy with it.

    Posted 8.24.10 Reply
  5. Ooooo… I really really like it against the brick! What a great idea.

    Posted 1.10.11 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    I love what you did to the door! It is textural, interesting, and fun! I think that you should prime the door frame with gray primer, paint a layer of red brick, then dry brush a yellowish brown coat of paint (pick up the colors in the brick). After that distress a little and sand down through the layers on the edges. Once you sand some worn spots, go over in a Sienna glaze and that will give you an old World wood doorframe and that blue textured door will really POP!

    I stumbled across your blog because of the wonderful Lamp-a-looza and have really enjoyed your blogs! Keep up the wonderful and witty writings.

    Posted 3.5.11 Reply