February 17, 2010
Old Door, It's Mine Now
"I design totally by color" This old 150 plus year old door was taken down out of the barn rafters of my Grandfathers California desert 150 plus year old home. The door was apple green with undertones of years of colors, a great color but just did not work with my European French style home. I needed to strip off the old color while preserving the integrity of the age and charm of the door. The color needed to reflect the tones I love to live with and changing the color was going to be a big one.
Being an interior designer and artist did not make this job easy at all I had to recreate an aged look and feel to the color applied along with the age of the door. It had to look as if it was aged with time, naturally distressed and weathered with natural tones and layers of shades that are subtle yet there to take in and notice. I took a day stripping it and preparing to paint it a perfectly imperfect aged white showing natural tones of different creamy colors that announces that it is time worn with age. This process is one that is almost impossible to reproduce and I think I pulled it off enough to second guess it's new painted age.
This door lures you into taking a closer look and to touch it's natural aged appearance. A door can make a wonderful backdrop that can be used in many design styles, it will add a piece of art to a wall that would otherwise go unnoticed be inspired to restyle and reuse family history as I did.