Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Screen Painting

Part of my pantry project was making a new screen door. I employed several different techniques to make this door unique.

First, Mr Farmer built a fantastic screen door for me. From scratch. And he's never made one before. I want to take a moment and tell you how wonderful my husband is. He is caring, hard-working, and very talented, among so many other good attributes. Some days I wonder what I did to deserve him. (Other days, I wonder what I did to deserve him. But in a totally different way!) Today is one of those first days. I am amazed at how much he can do. Not only did he take my door design and make it. Not only did he build my pantry. BUT! He also helped me arrange the food stuffs inside so it looked good. I love this man!

Here we were fitting the door, so it's unfinished.



Once the construction on the door was done, I began the finishing process. I painted both sides of the door a single coat of dark red. Then, I took a palm sander and sanded it so some of the wood showed again.




I made sure to sand some area more than others. The next step was to stain the entire thing. This darkens the sanded parts to "age" them a bit.

 There are additional steps to antique things, but I liked the look at this point, so I quit at this step.

The next step was something I wanted to try, had never seen before, and had no idea if it would turn out. We installed the screen. Then, I took a full-sheet, clipart print out of a rooster. I fixed it under the screen. I then took a light tan paint and traced the image in paint and filled it in on the screen. I had tried several colors on a scrap piece of screen and decided the tan was the best color as I didn't want the image to be too obvious.





After letting it dry, we took it inside and hung it. Finally, we put a handle on it. I had an antique spoon that I was doing nothing with, so we used that. It could not be more perfect!


And here is the finished door.


What do you think? Did I do the inspiration photo justice? This project took two days, not counting the trip to Menards to purchase the materials. I LOVE the way it turned out!

The Chicken Chick



22 comments:

  1. I love the spoon handle.Real unique idea...

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    1. Thanks! And lunch was delicious, thank you.

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  2. I like yours better then the insperation photo. That was a nice touch with the rooster.

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    1. Thanks, Gordon! I really like how the rooster came out.

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  3. Langela, it's BEAUTIFUL! What a clever idea!

    Thanks for sharing at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thanks, Kathy!

      I hope your Thanksgiving is good as well.

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  4. Langela... sharing this gorgeous pantry transformation on the Barn Hop today as the Featured Homestead. Enjoy your new space!

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  5. what a great project to add a unique touch to your home! we just purchased our first farmhouse with 6 acres (moving this weekend!!) and I will definitely be doing this to my pantry door as well!! LOVE IT!

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    1. Thank you. You will have so much fun in your new home, dreaming and making it your own. Congratulations!

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  6. I love it. My husband is a handy man with wood. I think we will be building a screen door. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. You're welcome. It was so much fun to make. Make sure to post about yours when you get it finished.

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  7. I think it looks great! I like it all, the color, the roosters and the spoon, good job!

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    1. Thank you, Sunnie. And thanks for stopping by.

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  8. How clever. I love the door handle and the rooster as well as the craftsmanship of the door. Great teamwork. Amazing what you can do with creativity, found object and talent.

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    1. Thanks, Ann Marie. Mr Farmer always does such a nice job on anything he makes. He's the real talent.

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  9. Absolutely adorable! The spoon is the cherry on top. I hope you won't mind if I pin this as a "to do" for our new house.

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    1. Thanks, CrankyPuppy! I really like the spoon, too. It worked perfectly. Feel free to pin it. I hope you get the chance to make one for your new home. Projects like this make our home so "us".

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  10. Oh I love this! Found you through homestead survival. Will you share on my hop too? I'd love it!

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    1. Thanks, Tilly! I'll come over and check your site out. I love finding new blogs.

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  11. That is just too cute. I can't believe you made the whole thing from scratch! (haha, chicken...scratch... I'm a dork) :P -Jamie

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    1. Jamie, dorks are always welcome here. You'll fit right in. Glad you stopped by.

      Mr Farmer is really talented. He makes it look easy.

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