Then I sandwiched the door between boards on either side, with the 1x4s in the front and 2x4s in the back and secured them with 4″ wood screws (make sure to drill your pilot holes first). This created “legs” and then I attached the tongue & groove plank to the top for a shelf.
Next came the painting. I applied a light coat of watered down antique white latex paint over the whole thing (covering the window panes with paper and tape to aid in clean up) and then once dried, I applied a little magic that I learned restoring furniture.
In this jar is a solution of white vinegar and steel wool that has been curing in my cabinet for years. When a small amount is applied to plain wood or even lightly painted wood, the most amazing, natural looking weathering happens right before your eyes.
Update: If you dont have this magic potion already on hand just grab a jar and put a wad of genuine steel wool (not SOS pads) and top it off with distilled white vinegar and let it do its chemical magic for 2-3 days. The longer it sits the darker it will get.
This is what it looks like over the white washing. See how the bits of exposed wood soaked up the solution and darkened?
The pis de resistance came when I attached the custom sized beach poster from www.murals.com to the back. I could not believe my eyes how beautiful this was. But before that… safety first.
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