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Let’s Build a Wall Part 3: A Nice Frame to Hang on.

This post is brought to you by the letter B, for Boyfriend.

John wrote the steps in this section;

Steps for a Great Set of Doors

1.     First step is to figure out what size you want your doors to be, height, length and width.

2.     Draw a blueprint of the door.  Even though it is simple, this step always helps me.  Important: Do NOT forget to account for the width of the wood when drawing out your frame, and measure your masonite so you can assure that you are building it appropriately.  Hardware stores materials are typically a bit bigger than they quote on the signs, so you can make a couple of cuts and still get what you are looking for, so ensure the materials you are buying match your desired dimensions.

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3.     Lay out all the wood and start putting it all together.  Use wood glue and the appropriate sized screws or staples, depending on your wood length.  We used 2” x 2” wood (which is actally 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”), so 3” drywall screws worked out great.  Try to build it as square as possible.

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4.     It should be relatively stable, but don’t worry if it does not feel overly secure at this time.

5.     Apply a layer of glue to the top and lay down the smooth masonite, so  you won’t have to look at ugly framing on the backside.

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6.     Attach using screws/staples, which shouldn’t be terribly big, as the masonite will only be  1/8” -1/4” inch at its thickest.  Important: make sure your door is square.  The masonite is really what is going to hold this together.  Pro tip: when making sure the door is square, start on either the top or the bottom first, and then work your way to the sides.  It’s much easier to move your frame to make the door square when you have the length working in your favor.

7.     Have your amazing girlfriend distress the brick masonite to make it look super realistic.

8.     Install the brick masonite on the other side of the frame, taking care to make sure that the bricks will line up as you like it.

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9.     Install the hardware; the D-rings on the top (3-4 per door, depending on width), the casters on the bottom (2 per door), and any handles that you’re looking for.

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10.  Insert pipe into D-rings, install elbows and flanges.

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11.  Screw flanges into wall.

12.  Enjoy!

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Isn’t he great!? He did the big stuff on this project. I got to do the brick! But it was a team effort and it paid off!

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Let’s Build a Wall Part 2: Another Brick in the Wall

So I was a little overjoyed when I found out that Lowe’s sold brick Masonite textured sheets at 25 bucks a pop.

The only problem with these is that they look a little like this:

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And I wanted my brick to look a little more like this:

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So I spent much of my Saturday distressing some brick

Here are the things you’re going to need:

  1. –          Faux Brick Masonite
  2. –          White paint
  3. –          Black Paint
  4. –          Brown Paint
  5. –          A textured dollar store sponge
  6. –          A spray bottle
  7. –          Warm Water
  8. –          A tiny drop of vinegar
  9. –          Paper towels.
  10. –          Foam brushes
  11. –          Small paint brush
  12. –          Paper plates for mixing

 

I wanted the bricks to look like they had that the worn white cement in between so I set out outlining the bricks in an off-white/brown/grey mix that I concocted carefully by just adding and mixing on a paper plate. Then I applied it to the gaps between the bricks with a foam brush and sometimes a small paint brush.

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I didn’t mind if some lines were bigger than others because it looks way more natural and less processed that way. I let that dry, which didn’t take long in a very air conditioned apartment.

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Then I went on to making the bricks look old.

Listen, there are a lot of tutorials on this out there… And I’ve watched/read a lot of them. But most of the processI learned from scenic painting so I encourage you to look at all the ways before you try this yourself.  Most of the tutorials I found made the bricks look too white. I bought red brick panels because I still wanted some red brick to show through. But some enjoy the white washed brick approach so try em all!

Because I had our brick sheets cut down to 3×8 rather than 4 x 8 I had some pieces to try a few techniques out on before moving on to the main pieces for the door.

The first technique I tried was with a make your own spray paint mixture in a dollar store travel spray bottle.  And then apply it by spraying and moving it around with a plastic bag. It looked ok, but it just wasn’t natural enough.

Then I picked up the same mixture I used for the cement in between the bricks and used the foam brush to put on a lot in one place. Then I grabbed the sponge and a spray bottle and put warm water plus a drop of vinegar. I sprayed the water on my paint mixture and used the sponge to move it pretty far across the bricks. If I wanted more brick to show I’d use a paper towel to wipe excess paint away and show more red brick. I left some areas untouched and some with a lot of white.

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Also I used my hands. Don’t be afraid to get messy!

 

I’m pretty pleased with the result.

Hope this was helpful!

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