I adore this French Door Island! This is the second one I’ve finished. The first island I finished was in white, and it had a floor, whereas this one is open on the bottom. I think I like having a floor in there better (even though it is mega heavy), but either way, such a cool piece.
I am not a carpenter, so all the glory of putting this together goes to my builder friend, Roger. I show him my ideas and he makes it happen. He’s good like that. Everyone needs a “Roger” in their life. I brought him an old panel door and a French door. He pulled it all together.
Once I brought this project back to my garage, it was time to get started. Since I had already done a white version, I felt like this one wanted to be black.
Let’s Get Started!
I started by sanding the door on top with my DeWalt Orbital Sander. It was very chippy and that wasn’t quite the look I wanted, so it took quite a bit of time to get it to where I was happy with it. Once I had it where I liked it, I cleaned it up and lightly sanded the French door so that it would be ready for paint. I sanded the French Door with the sanding sponge to be careful of the glass.
I apologize. The pictures aren’t the best. I had a really hard time photographing it for some reason; probably because of the size of it.
For the top, I used a mixture of paints to achieve the look. I’m planning to do a tutorial very soon on how to achieve this look. It’s hard to explain and easier to demonstrate in video.
In a nutshell, I base painted the door with “Burlap” by Dixie Belle. Then streaked over that with Miss Lillian’s Swamp Muds in Dark Brown and Dark Gray. I always go a lot heavier with the brown, because that is the main color I want to see. And then I kind of blend them a little with an old, soft rag.
Once that is all completely dry, I then go over the whole top with Miss Lillian’s “Truffle” Antiquing Glaze. Then the next day I sealed it with Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane “Clear Satin”. I do 3 coats of that, lightly sanding between coats.
That’s the top door… now for the French door. I lightly sanded it, being very careful not to scratch the glass with the sander or sanding sponge. I have made that mistake plenty in the past.
Once the French door is lightly sanded, washed down and dried, I then painted it with Dixie Belle’s black “Caviar”. Two coats, letting dry completely before the second coat. I used the Minwax Polyurethane for sealing this also, but only one coat since I did not feel it was a high traffic area.
As for the rest of the piece…I stained it with Minwax Dark Walnut and sealed with the Minwax Polyurethane.
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- Miss Lillian’s Swamp Mud – Dark Brown — https://misslillianspaint.net/product/uncle-jeffs-original-swamp-mud/
- Miss Lillian’s Swamp Mud – Dark Gray — https://misslillianspaint.net/product/uncle-jeffs-original-swamp-mud/
- Old, Soft Rag
- Miss Lillian’s Antiquing Glaze – “Truffle” — https://misslillianspaint.net/miss-lillians-antiquing-glaze/
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- Minwax “Dark Walnut” Stain – https://amzn.to/2SKEwsy
I think that covers it! Such a gorgeous, solid piece! It took a little white to find its new home! Not everyone has room for a piece this size!
Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions or I left anything out!!