Unfortunately every bedroom in our house has these cheap, hollow-core, bi-fold doors. While continuing the process of making over my girls' bedroom into a "Beachy" guest room, I had totally ignored these doors. Then my husband said to me, "Hey, you should do that 'painty, sanding thing' on them and make them look old." I think he knows my style now! Here's what they looked like before:
I didn't even bother to remove the hinges. I just sprayed them first with a flat, white primer and then painted everything with Pure White Chalk Paint.
Normally I do two coats but for these, I wanted a particularly weathered, worn look so I just did one coat and I even thinned the paint to make it even lighter. With 120 grit sandpaper, I distressed them and then sanded everything down with 600 grit paper (a MUST when using Chalk Paint as the finish is like glass!) This was a tip from my wonderful Chalk Paint distributer.
I purchased some simple door knob plates to cover the holes in the doors and got a few silver knobs at the local ReStore and painted it all with a flat, white.
I chose not to wax these. With the 600 grit sandpaper, the finish is smooth and any other sealing was unnecessary.
A simple, cheap fix for an ugly problem. I plan on doing this in each of the other bedrooms as well.
More to come on my "Beachy Guest Room"!