Orange You Glad I Painted This Door?

Orange Door

In our new place we have the most amazing deck. It’s huge (about the size of our living room, dining room and kitchen combined) and it is in perfect location for ultimate privacy. It is high up and in the very back of the lot, so nobody even knows we are back here. Plus BooBoo Kitty loves it because she feels like she is on top of the world looking down on her subjects below.

With all this space, we need a lot of stuff to fill it up and make it our perfect oasis. We already have a conversation patio set, a pot belly fireplace, a storage bench to store pillows and such, and a new grill (thanks Aunty Rena for the wedding gift). Now we need to start filling in the holes with some greenery and fun colorful accessories. Right now I want to hold off on actually purchasing any greenery, because of the unpredictable winter Houston weather, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get started on the fun accessories. First up, colorful yet distressed doors. The Hubby and I went to the Houston Habitat for Humanity ReStore and bought some great solid wood interior doors for $15 each. The idea was to paint and distress the doors and then lean them up against the deck to create some more privacy and colorful decor at the same time. Our furniture is black and our cushions are a lime green, chartreuse color. Hmmm what color do I paint the doors so they match the furniture without being too matchy matchy. We decided to go with a citrusy flair. The first door will be painted orange, which is quickly becoming my new favorite color. I want to paint everything orange. I am definitely dangerous with a paint brush. I get the bug and I can’t stop. One day the Hubby might come home and the cat will be a different color. Now there are tons of ways to paint wood/furniture. Each and every project is different and depends on the function of your piece, but this is how I did it.


  • Door
  • Paint
  • Stain
  • Paint brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Towels (ones you don’t mind getting dirty and ruined)


Step 1: Sand the door to remove and paint chips. You do not have to remove all of the paint because the goal is to make it look weathered and rustic so layering the paint is a good thing.

Step 2: Vacuum the door to remove sanding shavings and then wipe down entire piece with a tack cloth or wet towel. (I prefer a wet towel, because it also cleans any dirt of your piece)

Step 3: Some would prime at this stage. I decided not to, because I wasn’t to worried about the door’s paint quality/durability since I was going to distress it and keep it outside. If it was a piece I was keeping inside and not putting in the garden then I may have spent the money and taken the time for the extra step, but in this case I just started painting. I think I was too excited to see the orange on the door to take the time to prime anyways. I am not the most patient person in the world. I only did one layer, because the goal was to make it look rustic, but play with it and do what seems right for you. Some areas I applied the paint thicker in some places and very thin in others. This whole thing is a learning process and every piece is different so my process will be forever changing.

Step 4: Distress the door. Take a fine grit sand paper and start sanding the areas that would normally get wear and tear (the edges or any raised detail work). The level of distress is up to you. To can sand just enough to see the paint below or you can go all the way down to the wood.

Step 5: Brush stain over the door and wipe it off. Leave the stain on as long as you like, but start off slow and only leave it on for a few seconds. You can always apply more until you reach your desired color.

Step 6: Paint a layer or 2 of sealant to protect the door from weather. Or you can skip this step if you would like the door to continue to distress.


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