Interior Doors “Doorways With Design” – Part II
Ideas and Instructions for Creating Fabulous Interior Doors
Working With Paneled Doors
Thought we would begin with paneled doors since most people have them. Many of them are molded to have a wood grain. These offer the potential for a faux bois finish, distressed wood, faux bois plus aging and painted designs.
Glaze was applied to these doors with a flogger. Since they have the grain molded into them it settles into the grain. We added hinge straps and escutcheons to the existing hardware in a faux bronze finish.
The pre-existing knobs had an indentation to which we added amethyst cabochons.
Entrance to a Master Bath, these doors were designed for an Indian couple with a faux finish and hand painting with gold leaf.
So many people have white trim and doors throughout their homes. In keeping with the elegance of this home all we did was add some interest to the door hardware. Rather than replace the hardware we merely attach what we call “hinge straps” to the existing hinges. They are available for $12 each and is a very inexpensive, quick and easy addition.
Tuscany Hinge Strap in Faux Finish to match existing hinge
We also like to add ornament to paneled interior doors as well as paneled cabinet doors.
These doors were at the end of a long hallway leading to their theatre. The doors had interesting panels for the ornament. We finished the ornament in brass to compliment their hardware and the gold fabric damask on their walls.
Same residence upstairs hall with many doors that we added pediments with hand painted ornament, hinge straps, and door ornament.
Foyer with faux stone block walls and pediments added to all the doors and entrances. There was quite a bit of space over these doors so the pediments were a great choice. Adding a pediment or header over a door is easy. The fascia board is easily made from 3/4″ MDF (medium density fiberboard) which we get from Lowe’s. The top is made from crown molding with a top “shelf” of 3/4″ MDF to complete the look. There is a small piece of molding added to the bottom of the MDF fascia to make a nice transition between the casing molding around the door and the door header. Some appropriate composition ornament from Decorators Supply can be attached to the MDF fascia board. The side edges of the fascia and all three exposed edges on the top shelf were routed with a Roman Ogee decorative edge for excellent detail. The faux finish matches the walls and trim.
This room is in the book “The House That Faux Built”. It was transformed by a group of 11 artists. The door, side lights and Beaux Artes’ Spanish Empire ornament which was added to the panels were painted a burl faux finish by Artist Tania Seabock.
Spanish Empire Wainscoting Ornament
Hand painted Florentine hingstrap $12
Some other paneled door ideas in that book.
Inside panels were painted silver and then troweled with denim Lusterstone through a floral patterned lace to resemble needlepoint. Artist, Carol Patterson.
Antique Mirrors by Artist, Amy Kettering.
Trompe l’oeil door panel painting by Artist, Ashley Spencer.
This is my front door.
It is metal and came in white. I added composition ornament, sealed it, applied Modern Masters acid blocking primer, Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint, Green Patina Aging Solution and Permacoat Patina Sealer. It has been five years with no signs of wear.
Doors Without Panels
We love to use flat doors without the limitations of having to work with the panels. They are available at Home Depot and Lowe’s in hollow core with a price range of $40-$60. The hollow core doors are very light weight so when you have a project which demands a door of substance order a solid core door . We get ours from 84 Lumber. They range in price from $90-$120 depending on size.
We did this door for a Show.
A client asked us to utilize prints of Greek Goddesses and create doors for a Roman Spa. The space had five interior doors plus two exterior doors. I would have preferred to paint Goddesses on the doors, but budget was a concern. We removed the glass and realized that we would not be able to separate the prints from the mattes. We made the doors to accommodate the thickness of the mounted prints. We decoupaged the prints and matte to protect them. Ornament was selected to coordinate with fabric on the seating. The Greek Key moulding looked handsome with the old plaster wall finish.
The ornament used on this door to create the panel, was designed for a ceiling application. However, it looked great for this young teen’s bathroom. The walls were done in Lustricato Mother Of Pearl tinted blush to match the marble floors and shower tile. We also used it inside the panels. We added rose quartz cabochons to camouflage where we attached the ornament to the door.
The inspiration for this door was the Roman Nail Heads.
We used Modern Masters Silver paint and a raw umber glaze. The hinge straps are our Gothic Style.
Beaux-Artes’ architectural wall panel kits can be used on doors also. The new restaurant and night club in New York City, The Derby, on 14th Street in the meat packing district used our Louis XIV style on all the doors and walls. I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently everything was done in burgundy.
Here we have used our Classical Wall Panel Kit.
In this young girl’s bedroom we used our French Renaissance for all the panels and on the trim surrounding the doors so we could maintain the same size panels throughout.
This is one of my favorites. Had fun designing the artwork. We also put one of our Georgian panels on the ceiling.
The molding we used in this office on the ceiling, wall and door panels was a combination of wood with composition ornament.
Some small flat panel doors.
This door was in a nursery. The knob is a drapery rod finial.
Pantry Door Before
Pantry Door After. We made a new door so that we could incorporate a custom etched glass we made using a Modello with Antique Mirror Patina Solution. We aged and distressed the door to make it appear antique.
This faux inlay door was also done for “The House that Faux Built” and appears in the book of the same name.
The doors which I showed in Part I were all at least 9′ tall. Most of us will not be working with such a grand size. Given the modest proportions of modern doors our designs will need to be scaled down. Nevertheless they are inspiring and we have all the ingredients and more to create fabulous doors. There has not been a more exciting time for decorative painting with the amazing products and tools available today.
Comments are closed