A new finish on the door, coupled with a creative paint treatment on the stoop, gives this front entry a welcoming new look without a costly renovation. A front door says a lot about a home. And it is true that old ones add character. Can the beauty of an antique door be combined with the durability of a new one? It's not as hard as you might think. This mahogany door was gorgeous but a little too new for the homeowners' taste. Nowadays old doors are easy to find at salvage stores, but they can get quite costly when factoring in hardware and adjusting the door's size to fit an existing frame. Instead of waiting 100 years for the door to age, this couple sought some help from faux finish artist Jody DuBois.
First Jody lightly sanded the entire door. Using lengths of chain, old keys, an ice pick, and wire brushes, she began the distressing process.
Working in a random pattern to mimic the natural imperfections of old wood, Jody created the distinctive look of wormholes with an ice pick. Then she added nicks and dents to the wood with the chains, especially to areas of the door that get a lot of wear and tear, such as below the handle.