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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.


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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 6 years
haha @skigurl! That is actually what I thought as well. But yes, the finished product looks fabulous.
lauren lauren 6 years
Love all of the texture!
skigurl skigurl 6 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 6 years
What a great solution. The finished product looks so much better!
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