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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Foyer - An Ugly Duckling Turned Into a Swan

In previous posts I mentioned I was mad at the bi-fold doors.  Not any more.  Here is a bit of background on the mistakes I made with the doors, starting with cutting them down to fit.

When you cut down hollow core doors, you end up with a space to fill.  The cut worked out just fine.

I used a scrap piece of plywood that was not strong enough or long enough to cover the hole.  The result was a cracked piece of wood after I tried to install the door.

I ripped down a sturdier piece of wood the exact measurement of the opening and patiently waited for the glue used to affix the wood to the door to dry.

Now for the transformation process: I used a painting technique I successfully used in the past on my kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen cabinets
Basic steps:
  1. Sand and prime the wood with paint (Dover White - Sherwin Williams)
  2. Stipple on Copper Mountain paint (also Sherwin Williams)
  3. Apply Gel Stain (Color: Walnut) letting gel set in the crevices.
  4. Apply 3 coats of clear polyurethane.

For my bi-fold doors, I used the same white paint I used on the bench (see prior post - A Tale of True Love) as a primer.  I then stippled on the same paint used on the closet walls - Spicy Hue (see prior post - Paint, Architecture and Organization).  Stippling is a technique where you use an almost dry brush and pounce it on the surface you are working with.

Partially done
Stippling result

The next step was to apply the Gel Stain.  I did and the UGLY DUCKING emerged.  If you want my reaction - turn your sound on and click on this link:

Here's a tip - Use plastic or rubber gloves when staining.  It took a while to get my nails as 'clean' as they look here!

I was very mad at the doors - okay, I was mad at myself and not sure why they didn't turn out as nice as my kitchen cabinets.  I didn't give up, but I did wait a day or so before working on them.  I gave the doors a light sanding, then brushed on the 'Spicy Hue' color with my fluffy stippling brush.  After that dried, I applied the gel stain.  This time the result was really nice.  I was excited because the end was in sight regarding these doors.  The only problem was that I felt I needed to go through all the bad and the good steps in order to ensure that the second set of bi-fold doors turned out exactly the same!  I did it all again.

Loving it!
A new knob
 The end result - a Swan!
The main architecture and furniture in my Foyer is now complete.  In upcoming post(s), I'll be showing you the accessories, the finished product, and my budget to date as this first portion of the challenge comes to a close.


  1. How do I follow this blog?

    1. Thanks for asking! I just added a 'follow me by email' gadget and the google+ followers gadget, so please try them. You'll find them in the upper right corner of my page.

    2. Well, I removed the google + gadget from the upper right because I figured out I already had it on the upper left. I'm still learning this blog stuff.

  2. Nice job Brenda, your becoming one handy lady. Has Don started hiring you out yet? LoL They look as if you bought them that way. Your visions are fantastic, keep at it.

    1. Debbie, Thanks for your encouraging words.