It's really quite the transformation from the faded cinnamon shade to gorgeous Embassy Purple. I applied three coats of high gloss latex acrylic and love the results. The hardware gives a handsome finishing touch, too. The kickplate is new, but you'd never know the lock set is the original brass.
|After. Purple door by Alamodeus.|
I discovered the easiest method to renew brass: lemon juice and baking soda. It is so much better than commercial cleaners I've previously tried. Just squeeze 1/2 of a lemon in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the lemon juice. It fizzes as it's mixed into a paste. Use a soft cloth or soft toothbrush to apply the paste and gently work it into the brass. Rinse off the paste and dry. It took several times of repeating the process before I was satisfied with the results.
There were also three stained glass sidelights next to the door that had seen their better days. So, we had some glass cut and tempered to fit the frames. I decided to approach the new panes with a 'less is more' design approach.
|After. Etched glass by Alamodeus.|
The old leaded glass (above, left) next to the front door just didn't do it for me anymore, and I wanted something classic, yet fresh. I'm really happy with the new look (above, right), a departure from what I had planned. I ordered a great stencil online with plans to use it for my etching process, but the design felt too large for the narrow width of the glass. So, on to Plan B (the results seen above).
The process is really quite simple. We ordered three panes of glass to fit our needs. I measured my lines and taped off the areas with Blue Painter's Tape where I wanted to retain the clear glass. On the exposed areas, I applied Armour Etch glass etching cream according to the directions with a small brush, paying close attention to the label warnings. This is dangerous acid, so it's not child's play.
Armour Etch is available at most craft stores. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby. Be sure to use this outdoors. I applied the cream to the first pane in a well-ventilated area indoors and ended up with a whopper of a headache. Work on the other two panes moved outside!
|Etched glass sidelight using Armour Etch etching cream by Alamodeus.|
For an old door with lots of dog scratches, knicks and dings, it turned out beautifully. Happy, oh so happy!