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"Transforming Metal Doors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving Aged Grandeur"

At some point in our life, we all do something for the first time.

I had never painted a door before. And yet, here I am in my new house, with 27 doors to paint. I had to start somewhere. And where better than the door to my atelier? The little entryway to my world of creation and imagination.

So I decided to take some risks. Work with colours and textures Inever would have combined before. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? I would hate it and have to repaint the door. No big deal. With Frenchic chalk and mineral paint, I don’t have to sand off the existing finish or prime it. It’s a paint and go product. There really wasn’t anything to loose.

My first challenge was how to take my old aluminum door that everyone said I should dump, and convert it into the kind of shabby chic, romantic, vintage wooden door that I love.

The answer was Texture. Lots of it. A faux diy “cement”; layers of colours; blending, mixing... But first things first.

This door was dirty. It’s a shame I didn’t take a photo of the door before I started cleaning it.

It had old, half-ripped out stickers, dirt, dust and layer upon layer of what I can only presume is oil and grime. Even stuff that looked like some sort of fungus.

Keep reading to see how I went from a grime infested fest-pot; to my romantic, shabby chic dream door.

Step 1:

Clean it

Frenchic Sugar Soap. Lots of it; and generous amounts. Since it’s a concentrate, I diluted it with lots of water and scrubbed the entire door with it, using a coconut fiber sponge (you could also use your regular kitchen sponges). It took a couple of washes until I realised that the hinges weren’t actually black!

Step 1: Frenchic Sugar Soap: All you need you clean your furniture before painting. It's also a fab household cleaner in general.

Step 2:

A colour riot.

Although it seems like I randomly picked a handful of colours here; the process was carefully planned. First, I mixed Frenchic’s Pool Boy and Lipstick, with a little bit of Hot as Mustard to create a signature brown, which I painted on with a roller all over the door.

Step 2: The base from which the transformation began: A mix of Frenchic's Original, Lazy and Al Fresco colours.

Step 2: Some of the colours from the Frenchic Al Fresco Range (the only outdoor chalk paint available in the UAE).

Step 3:

Making a faux cement

Creating a DIY “cement” took some planning. The idea was to turn this aluminium door into one that resembled an old-world brick, wood or concrete door. Something gravelly and chippy, with textures reminiscent of hundreds of years of weather damage and being exposed to the elements.

I ended up using a mix of Frenchic Lady Grey from the Original Range (the closest I could get to the colour of cement) and the Stamperia Texture Sand Paste medium in Snow White.

After carefully mixing it up, I applied haphazardly, here and there with a paint scraper and spatula, allowing it to harden overnight before lightly sanding off any chips that wouldn’t hold. To my surprise, less than 5% came off the vertical door; with over 95% of my “cement” still in place.

Step 3: Mixing Stamperia Sand Texture with Frenchic Lady Grey to create a faux cement.
Lady Grey from the Frenchic Original Range: The perfect base to create the "cement look" with.

Stamperia's Texture Sand Paste: an easy way to create a faux cement or grainy texture.

Step 4:

Playing with water

I generously spritzed the door before applying my combination of three pinks: Love Letter (Frenchic Lazy Range); and Ballerina and Nougat (from Frenchic’s Original Range).

Once they had dried, I kept spritzing them with water to reactivate the paint slightly and start creating runny drips. At this stage, I didn’t want to loose colour completely, which is why I allowed the paint to dry first.