Beachy chalk painted door.


Welcome Creative Friends! In this article, Transform Plain Doors into Coastal Art with Layered Chalk Paint, I can’t wait to walk you through the process of layering different chalk paints to achieve a weathered, beachy look that will instantly give your interior the ambiance of the seaside. We’ll use beachy colored paints and different paint layering techniques to create awesome texture. So grab your supplies and let’s dive into the art of layering chalk paint to create beautiful interior doors that will be the topic of conversation of all your beach guests!

Note: This same Chalk Layering Technique can be used on Furniture as well.

Supplies Needed For Layered Chalk Paint Door

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Before we get started, let’s make sure we have all the necessary supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:

Steps to Layered Chalk Paint Doors

Step 1: Prepare the Door

First things first, we need to prepare the door for our beachy transformation. Start by removing the door knobs and hinges, and give the door a good cleaning using a vinegar and water solution. Wipe it down with a damp rag to remove any leftover residue. If you want more tips on prepping wood and other surfaces, grab my handy guide below!

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    Step 2: Fill in Holes and Sand

    Next, let’s fill in any holes on the door using Bondo body filler.   Follow the instructions on the can and apply multiple layers if needed. Once dry, sand the filled areas smooth with an orbital sander. If you want to add some weathered texture, you can also lightly sand the entire door. 

    Note: Filling in the holes was an afterthought after painting on my base color. It’s best to do that after cleaning, and before priming. Because I was layering several colors, it was fine to fill in the holes, sand it, and re paint.

    Step 3: Prime the Door (Optional)

    Now, priming the door is optional, but I always find it gives me better results. If you decide to prime, go ahead and apply a coat of primer. It’s worth the extra step for that extra peace of mind! If you’re unsure about sealing chalk paint, you can read Blog Post linked below and I’ll show you various ways to do it.

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    Step 4: Apply the Base Coat

    Once the primer is dry, it’s time to paint on our base coat.  I recommend using Bohemian Blue by DIY Paint Co.  Don’t worry about achieving complete coverage at this stage. We’ll be layering different colors later on to create that beachy look.

    Base coat for Layered Chalk Paint technique on door.

    Step 5: Create Texture with Sea Sponge

    Now, let’s add some texture to our door using a sea sponge. Pour a little of the blue paint onto a styrofoam plate and dip the sea sponge into it. Dab the sponge onto the door in various areas, then let it dry. The sea sponge will give us that unique texture that will really shine through later.

    Step 6: Layering the Chalk Paint

    Here comes the fun part – layering the chalk paint! Grab your Old 57 and a lighter Aqua color (a mix of Old 57 and a little Vintage Linen). Brush on these colors, not completely covering the blue base coat. Feel free to use a dry brush technique in areas where you want more coverage. Remember, we’re going for that weathered, beachy look!

    Here comes the fun part – layering the chalk paint! Grab your Old 57, and a lighter Aqua color (a mix of Old 57 and a little Vintage Linen). Brush on these colors, not completely covering the blue base coat. Feel free to use a dry brush technique in areas where you want more coverage. Remember, we’re going for that weathered, beachy look!

    A dry brush technique is simply not having a lot of paint on a pretty much dry brush. Chip brushes are great for this because the ends are sparse and doesn’t hold a lot of paint.

    Step 7: Add Some White to Layered Chalk Paint

    When layering chalk paint, I always like to add a little white to the mix. Grab a piece of wood, cardboard box, or anything similar and lightly dip it into the white paint (Vintage Linen). Scrape off any excess paint and lightly scrape it onto the door, following the direction of the grain. Look at that gorgeous texture!

    Step 8: Sand and Blend Layered Chalk Paint

    At this point, you can stop and admire your work if you love the look. But if you want to blend the colors a bit more and bring out that beautiful blue in the background, go ahead and sand the entire door. You can sand as much or as little as you want to achieve your desired weathered effect.

    Layering Chalk paint colors using a sander.

    Step 9: Seal Layered Chalk Paint

    To protect your masterpiece, seal it with a top coat. I highly recommend Paint Couture’s Flat finish. It goes on white but dries crystal clear, leaving your door with a flawless finish. For more tips on sealing chalk paint, sign up for my guide below!

    To protect your masterpiece, seal it with a top coat. I highly recommend Paint Couture’s flat finish. It goes on white but dries crystal clear, leaving your door with a flawless finish. For more tips on sealing chalk paint, sign up for my guide below!

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      Beachy Layered chalk Paint door.

      Step 10: Admire Your Beachy Doors

      Congratulations! You’ve successfully transformed your plain doors into coastal wonders. Take a step back and soak in the amazing transformation you’ve achieved. Whether you’re sprucing up your existing beachy decor or starting fresh with a whole new coastal theme, these doors will be the talk of the town. I’d love to hear what you think of this project in the comments below!

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        Talk Soon!

        Thank you for joining me on this DIY adventure. I hope your beach doors bring you endless joy and relaxation. Keep on crafting, and here’s to many more seaside-inspired projects in your future!

        Joanie

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