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How to Spackle Metal Builder Door to Add Texture

Cool Idea: Add Character to a Boring Builder Door

Here's a post from CasaSugar Community member Seefree from the Su Casa group:

For whatever reason, the builder of our house made the back door from a bathroom to the pool area very tall, skinny and with no interest. This door has always looked so sad and pitiful to me, so I decided to spruce it up. I wanted it to look like an old weathered door I'd found in Mexico, with layers and layers of paint. But I discovered the door is metal, so distressing it would be a challenge. Here's the homely door on the left before.Since I couldn't sand, chip, or ding it up, I decided to add texture. Out came the spackle and putty knife. I applied it pretty hap-hazard so it wouldn't look intentional and left chunks in some areas. I prefer pink spackle so I can see where it's going and you know it's dry when it turns completely white.

Continue reading to hear more about this project and see the results!

I got a little carried away with it and didn't know when to stop. Here's the door after all the spackle was applied.

After a few days of drying, I used a cheap bristle brush to paint a layer of navy blue paint, making sure to get in all the crevices. Then I painted Aegean Blue by Martha Stewart for Home Depot over it, but left some of the darker color to peek through in places.


We added an old, rusted horseshoe knocker to lend to the aged feel. Here's a close-up of the texture.

It definitely added more character to the boring builder door, and it's a nice peek of color from inside the house too. It was a fun project because I didn't have to be so careful! You can read more details on Hi Sugarplum!

Be sure to post your own home decorating projects in the Su Casa group!

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arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 6 years
this is a great idea. i love the color next to the brick!
adtafoya adtafoya 7 years
haha @skigurl! That is actually what I thought as well. But yes, the finished product looks fabulous.
lauren lauren 7 years
Love all of the texture!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
It looks cool! Before I scrolled down, I thought you left it that pink color and I was appalled, but I really like the end product! And love the door hanger. Nice touch.
nancita nancita 7 years
What a great solution. The finished product looks so much better!
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