Milo Valley Farm - barn doors, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the barn doors.  I brushed Testors black inside the plastic tubes as best I could.  I let it dribble through from each end and soaked up the excess with a paper towel.  It didn't need to be perfect, just to hide most of the white plastic.

I then spray painted the plastic tubes and bracket hardware flat black.  I stippled on dark brown to simulate aged and corroded metal.  It's a subtle finish.

I made door handles from brass tubing and sprayed those and the sewing pins with Rust-Oleum Self Etching Primer to help the paint stick better.  I taped the pin heads (hahaha I said pinheads) to keep them free of paint.  I then sprayed them flat black and added the stippled brown paint.  The etching primer did not matter on the pins -- the metal is too smooth.  So, they will require touch-ups for life.  =shrug=

I drilled holes through the door and glued in black brads to finish the end holes.  I added aging washes to the surrounding wood and painted the brads to look like corroded metal.  I installed the handles at an angle, because I liked the look of it.  :]  Here you can see the back of one door and the front of the other.

I drilled pilot holes in the brackets for tiny nails.  I glued the brackets in place and supplemented the hold with the tiny nails.  The fronts have four nails and the backs have two so they wouldn't interfere with each other.

I used The Ultimate by Crafter's Pick (thanks to Keli for recommending this glue for attaching metal to wood) for the brackets and dipped the nails in super glue gel.

The nail heads varied in size in the packet (noticed after they were glued in place, of course) but once painted to match they weren't noticeable.

I will let all of this dry before installing the doors.

11 comments

Comment from: Nancy Enge [Visitor]
Oh man, these are gorgeous, Brae. Love the detailing on the bottom of the boards, too. And thanks to you via Keli for yet another essential glue recommendation. I think we should all post pictures of our glue bottle shelves in case we've missed one :)
02/09/16 @ 22:15
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
The handles (back and front) are just perfect.
02/09/16 @ 22:20
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]
I love the weathering of the door bottoms! Fantastic job on those. And your rust stains from the metal pieces on the wood, fabulous! Your ageing is really spot on Brae! Great job.
02/09/16 @ 22:37
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]  
You said pinhead....HA! Love your aged metal finish :)
02/10/16 @ 04:07
Comment from: Shelleybweb [Visitor]
Very realistic. I love all the aging details.
02/10/16 @ 05:51
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]
Awesome. I love the aging and all of the details!
02/10/16 @ 06:27
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Bravo! They're wonderful! And thanks for passing along a glue tip :D (thanks Keli)
02/10/16 @ 08:20
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
Oh, man, those doors look amazing! I love your attention to detail, it truly pays off.
02/10/16 @ 16:57
Comment from: cynthia from HV PA [Visitor]
I love the rust stains. Regarding the difference in nail size, if it's an old structure, a few of them probably needed to be replaced and larger ones were used because the small ones fell out.
02/10/16 @ 17:11
Comment from: Karin [Visitor]
You attention to detail is truly nothing less than remarkable. You are my go to person when I need some confidence that "it" can be done! Thank you for your inspiration and useful tips. Such beautiful work.
02/11/16 @ 04:40
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much! :>> A glue show and tell is a marvelous idea! :))
02/12/16 @ 11:34


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