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How to dry brush a door to look like a rustic old world door.

aprons hanging next to a distressed door

I am never short of a project here. Whether it be inside or out, there is something that I want to put my hands to in an attempt to transform. This property is 70 years old and yet not quite as old I would like, but she has great bones and massive potential.

 I am undoing the updates and taking this house back to its earlier years. Which means, I basically have to redo everything that has been “updated”. It has come along way since moving day however  there is so much more to come. 

When attmeping to “date” your home. To turn back the clock within your walls in terms of your home decor, you have to think of all the little parts. 

How people would have lived, how things wear over time and what would they have decorated with in those times? 

 The doors suddenly struck me as too modern. Crispy white.  So with a quick restaining, I have an appearance of worn wood with a very minimal effort. The idea of dry brushing a door sounds much more complicated then it is.

a plain white entry door before dry brushing

I simply purchased a wood stain. A good brush. And began to paint it directly over the paint already there. No sanding. I will say, I did wipe the door down to get the dusty bits off before starting. After applying the stain, I allowed it to dry just a bit but not all the way. Using a towel I wiped it away, then brushed it with stain again. Running the brush over areas until I had the right amount of light and dark. 

can of wood stain and a paint brush for dry brushing

Keeping in mind

When you do a project like this, the thought of how the door would be worn or where it should be worn most, is helpful. I wiped the stain off more so in those heavily trafficked areas of the door, near the lock and deadbolt. 

After

an upclose shot of a dry brushed door
a dry burshed door

Stepping back from this project, all I could do was smile. On a 15 minute break during a homeschool afternoon, I warmed up the room and brought in a worn wood element to both the living room and the kitchen. 

a dry brushed door that looks distressed
distressed door from dry brushing and aprons hanging alongside it

Did I also  mention this project cost me 20 bucks???

I’d say it was worth every cent. 

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Below is a How to Guide For Dry Brushing A Door

If you gave this a try in your home and loved it, I would love it if you would come back and give it 5 stars!

aprons hanging next to a distressed looking door

Dry Brush A Door

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

An easy way to make the doors in your home appear old or worn. For an old world look.

Materials

  • You will need a water based stain, I suggest Behrs Fast Drying Water Base Wood Stain
  • a good paint brush for staining purposes
  • an old towel to wipe
  • A drop cloth or another old towel to protect floor

Tools

  • screw driver to remove hardware from door

Instructions

  1. Make sure to protect the floor and area with an old towel or drop cloth before hand.
  2. Remove door hardware for a cleaner look.
  3. Wipe the door down to get the dusty bits off before starting
  4. . Apply the stain in an up and down motion and then a side by side. over the same area. This will create a more worn look as the brush strokes clash over one another. Brush briskly over stained areas.
  5. Allow it to dry just a bit but not all the way.
  6. Using a towel wipe the stain away lightly,
  7. Take the brush and reapply the stain the same as before until you get the desired dept.
  8. Continue wiping it away, applying more, allowing it to dry a bit.
  9. Make sure to do back and fourh and then side by side as you apply to continue creating that worn look.
  10. Once the desired look is achieved. Allow the door to completely dry before adding the hardware back

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