Rustic Painted Door

My Outstanding Entry Way

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This rustic painted door will grace the entry way of my cabin in the woods, one day. Now that I have a door, the cabin is sure to follow soon.

Rustic Painted Door

The door is an extra wide, plain old door made out of plywood - the type commonly found on entrances everywhere. Making it stand out and be totally unique is my task, one I take on with relish.

If you can imagine me rubbing my hands with glee over the large canvas there for me to get creative with, you're starting to understand how my mind works!

Luckily, I have a competent carpenter in the vicinity, who isn't afraid of power tools.

The hole for the window was a bit of a challenge, because of the way the door is constructed - two layers of plywood with spacers inside, and no filling.

The window is a sealed double paned unit, and will be set into the door. When you live in such beautiful surroundings, it's essential to have lots of windows to see out of.

Here's Mike carefully cutting the hole for the window:

measure twice, cut once
safety first, alway

The hole for the window came out cleanly with the help of some packing tape to prevent chipping or splitting, and then the final step, sanding the whole door surface;

the final cut with a jigsaw
and then sanding with a belt sander

Then it's my turn to start the painting. I'll hand it back to Mike for the installation of the window, but for now I'll do two coats of velvet finish pale green latex paint, and then the fun begins: This is where I get creative, and make the door really unique.

Finished and ready for a top coat of protective urethane

Update on the Rustic Painted Door

In the end, I decided that this wasn't going to work and I painted over the lovely fall leaves.  Sorry.

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