Saturday, March 24, 2012

Creating Gilded Paris Apartment Doors

The master bathroom has a series of basic builder bi-fold paneled doors.
Part of the makeover in the bathroom was to create the look of those lovely
paneled doors you might see in France~
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Don't these doors make you swoon?
These paneled doors with gold leaf on a taupe base 
were one of the inspiration photos I came across.
I loved these paneled doors and thought I would copy the look.
Let me show you how I recreated this effect to give
my bathroom a touch of Parisian Apartment.
I used a couple of narrow angled paint brushes,
 called sash brushes, to do the door panels with some accuracy.
 This new product I discovered whilst stumbling 
around the paint department at Lowes
is my new favorite thing! It was on clearance, 
which means it is probably being discontinued,
so I would advise you to go get a quart ASAP!! 
This works to create a gilded effect with wonderful results. 
 I had my Brilliant Metals mixed up to be the Brass color. 
 An assortment of furniture appliques which I also found at Lowes, 
but these can be ordered on many online websites as well. 
I wanted a big applique in the center panel with 
smaller ones on the top and bottom panels.
Annie Sloan Antoinette is the highlight color 
I used for the panels along with the gold paint.
First I painted all the trim with Lowes Valspar Oregon Coast, 
which is a milk chocolate color.
 This takes some patience and time~
but the main thing is don't stress about painting everything 
perfectly in the lines. It is going to look wonderful even 
when it is applied in a less than perfect manner.
I painted the doors and left the frames white so 
I could fill in with the pink Antoinette Chalk Paint®.
 See how sloppy artistically I applied the paints? 
I did one coat of each color.
 This is a good shot of one door untouched, 
one door with the white frames and one door ready to be gilded.
 This is the part that you need to be more careful about. 
Tape off the doors around the panels.
I planed to paint outside the framed panel groove as
 well as the groove to make a bigger section of gilding.
 The Brilliant Metals is AWESOME stuff!! 
For less than $20 a quart it is a steal and it is 
quite a good copy of gilding~I am loving this brass brilliant metals! 
Ok, so after I painted the gold color 
I waited about ten minutes and then removed the tape 
and reused it on the next door because I am thrifty.
 Here is one set of doors all gilded without 
the appliques in place~very pretty this way too.
I painted the appliques with the Oregon Coast first, 
and then applied the brilliant metals. After they dried in like ten minutes,
 I applied to the closet doors with hot glue. Voila! 
 The doors really create a mood in the bathroom now~
they were a bland wall of folding doors,
and now they are a focal point. 
I LOVE how they turned out!


 My version of Gilded Parisian Doors~
 Taking these bland boring closet doors on an elevator ride~
To the top of the Eiffel Tower! 
I'll be working on the other parts of the bathroom makeover this week,
but these doors give you a hint of where I am headed....


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51 comments:

Susan D. said...

I had noticed you were pinning the painted paneled doors to your Pinterest account -- had no idea you had this in mind! How beautiful!! Maybe I need to do this with my two doors in my bathroom.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Unreal. I love the look. Very pretty. Hugs, Marty

NanaDiana said...

AMY!!!! That looks marvelous! I never cease to be amazed by your talent. I LOVE these doors-What a great way to upgrade builder's standard doors. Perfect!

You know- I never noticed the picture of you & the hubs on the sidebar befoe. He is just a doll and you make a really cute couple. Happy Weekend- Back to sorting out our friend's house and getting ready for his memorial service. xo Diana

Debbie said...

Wow! It must feel like you are walking into a completely different room! Lots of work, but so worth it.
Great job, Amy!
Beautiful!
xxoo

ahestebeste said...

Hi Amy, I loved your version.Fresh and impressive.Waiting for the other works.Loves.

Connie @ Sensible-Redesign said...

I absolutely love the doors. Very creative to go outside of the grooves to paint more of the gilding, gives it a much grander look. They look so GOOD I am excited to see what the rest will look like...

Linda said...

WOW! amazing. you are so talented.
I bought some chalk paint the other day. Just a small bottle, you know that one walmart sells.
Is it suppose to be like jell?
Just curious.
Have a great weekend.

fixitfaerie said...

Your doors are beautiful. How very clever of you.

-Lisa said...

Amy,
Your vision and talent to execute that vision always boggles my mind. These doors are spectacular, your home is beautiful and I hope you are so proud of it. Whenever I visit your blog I feel so pampered and like I just went to the spa and then a boutique.
Thanks so much and have a lovely weekend.

sissie said...

Amy, All I can say is WOW!!!!
And, stop it for heaven's sake....you are making the rest of us look bad! LOL!

This is a fantastic project and you have definitely created a Parisian Glam look.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your bathroom.

hugs
Sissie

Shabby chic Sandy said...

You've been busy! They look great:)

Kelly said...

Now how in the world did you ever think of that?! They look great. They look like they belong in a parisian hotel now.

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Holy cow Amy! Those doors are just gorgeous now! I see what you are trying to accomplish in your bathroom...that plaque is going to fit in perfectly! ~Stacy~

Jalon Burton said...

WOW Amy, this is simply amazing... Such talent... I LOVE IT! AWESOME - thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Jalon

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Wow! Aren't you having fun? Can't wait to see the rest of the room.

Victorian1885 said...

Love.. Love the look! You nailed it!

Karena said...

Amy these are gorgeous French Doors!! I love the colors you chose! For myself I would probably leave off the appliques, however they do make them so unique!!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena
Artists Series 2012

Tattered Tiques said...

I'm swooning over your new doors! They are beautiful. Just got back from The Annie Sloan Unfolded tour today and your post has given me even more inspiration!! Thank you. Btw, I'm in love with the Anntoinette. Beautiful choice.
Julie

Kat from California said...

My grandparents lived in an apartment building that had a French feel to it. When you walked in the foyer of the building there was circular marble stairs that went all the way up. In the center was a fabulous French Elevator with iron scroll work. In side the apartment the ceilings were very high with high windows and at least one chandelier (my sister got that one too). I bet the doors had scroll work but I don't remember, I just remember everything being very elegant. The main room was large but all the other rooms were small.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Amy, these look fantastic! You would never think bi-fold doors looking at these! Great job and I love the colors you chose. The appliques really finish it off nicely, too.

Elma said...

You are amazing!!

jessica said...

Sooooo beautiful! you did such an awesome job! :)

Leslie said...

Amy, This is incredible! What a difference it's made in the overall look. You are right, a little patience, and you have to go for it and not worry about everything being perfect.

Enjoy your weekend.
leslie

Cottage Rose said...

I just love your doors.. they came out beautifully.... they look just like the other photos....

Hugs;

Alaura

pipigirl said...

once again, another work of art. its abso beautiful it looks very classy. great idea i must say. i love that rug by the way... have great weekend. not like last is it??? but can work on indoor huh?? great work amy.

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Wow, Amy, your doors are beautiful! I would have never thought to do that! Love!

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Oh my--gorgeous! And so pretty with the rug.

The enchanted home said...

Amy!!!!!!! I am blown away AGAIN!!!!!! OMG I thought I was looking at Marie Antoinettes boudoir and then I read I am reading your redone closet doors- get out of town!
You are too much. I can't believe what a stupendous job you did, seriously beautiful. I am sooooooo impressed. I may need to kidnap you for a week and bring you to NY :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Unbelievable job...Looks like you are in a gorgeous Parisian mansion...Stunning!

Cynthia said...

Amy, these look amazing. Thry are fantastic!!

Anne said...

Amy,
Looks amazing.Wow what a transformation.I am going to run out to Lowes.I am sure I could find some project to use that paint on .

michele said...

very cool, amy! absolutely dreamy.

michele

Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

Unless Valspar really is discontinuing the Metals paint and our local store just happens to have a bunch on hand, I think that product is around to stay for awhile. The doors look so much fancy-schmancier ---like the way Betsy Speert described you! :-) Very pretty!

Splendid Willow said...

Unreal is right! WOW, Amy! Amazing!!!! 5 stars!!!

Now if I only dare to do something similar to the closet doors in my guest suite...

Very inspirational, Amy.

Hejsvejs!

Mon

Lauren said...

Absolutely gorgeous, and such a brilliant idea! I love the finished look! Can't wait to see what you come up with next...I'm sure it will be amazing!

Lauren

Maureen said...

Awesome! Amazing transformation! Love this look and and the technique!

Mary said...

Your brain is going a mile a minute!! Great idea. Your idea turned out beautiful.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Very pretty, Amy. You added great architecture, and dimension.

chateau chic said...

Your doors are fabulous!! No longer ho-hum. I love what you did.
Mary Alice

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Gorgeous, Amy! What a beautiful transformation. Hugs, Sherry

Sharon in Chicago said...

Ooh la la at Maison Amy! Just lovely

Stacy Curran said...

AMY YOU ARE INCREDIBLE!!! Those are the prettiest ones of all the ones you showed. I am SO impressed!!!
Stacy

PURA VIDA said...

Brilliant!

Bridget @ The Rehab Boutique said...

What a transformation!

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Amy,I love what youdid to the doors. What a transformation! Your inspiration pics are great too and have hep me decide on the blue and gold in mylounge room. I still have no doors on my wardrobe in my bedroom as I have been on the look out for half glass half solid doors so i can add some sheer curtains to the back of them.. just for a different look. If I'm unsuccessful at finding them at a cheap price I think I am going to copy you! thanks for the great ideas, Maryann

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

WOW Amy what a transformation!! Gorgeous!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Amy, these are totally amazing!!!! What a great technique and the result is just gorgeous!!

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness... i'm just seeing this! Awesome! and sooooo Frenchy...

Cindy

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I'm loving them~so delightful and so frenchy!!! Well done!Thanks for linking up!

Jennelise said...

What a beautiful idea! They look wonderful! I love the color you chose. :)
Jennelise

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