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August 4, 2014

5-Panel Door Repurposed Into A Flower Box With Oxidized Tin Panels

I am so excited about sharing this post because I had so much fun repurposing an old 5-panel door into a whimsical flower planter for our deck. What makes this extra special is that I made faux oxidized tin inserts for each panel and a gable end on the top.

5-Panel Door Flower Planter

It started with this old 5-panel door that Mr. Frugalista found hot off the truck at our local home reusables store.  The hardware was just being removed when he walked in the door.

Old 5-panel door for flower planter

How To Build A Flower Planter Door With Oxidized Tin Panels

Step 1: Painting the door

First, it got a fresh coat of chalk paint in the color Vanilla Frosting followed by light distressing around the edges. Normally I wax my chalk painted pieces but because this was going to be used outdoors in direct sunlight I gave it a couple coats of clear exterior poly.  I applied a coat of dark glaze and wiped off the excess to give the door an aged appearance.

Old door painted with chalk paint

I had envisioned sheets of copper inserted into each panel so it would become oxidized from the elements over time.  So when Modern Masters gave me the opportunity to try their Metal Effects Kit, I was thrilled that I could get the look at a fraction of the price by using galvanized tin.

Step 2: Punching a graphic onto the tin panels

I printed some graphics and using an Awl and a hammer, punched the graphic onto each sheet of tin. The masking tape around each sheet was to avoid cutting myself because, well frankly I'm a klutz!

Punched graphic onto tin door panels

Step 3: Oxidizing galvanized tin

Now this is where the fun began!  It started with Modern Masters Copper Metal Effects Kit.  It contains Primer, Copper Reactive Metallic Paint, and Green Patina Aging Solution.

Modern Masters Copper Metal Effects Kit

First I rolled three coats of Copper Primer onto the tin sheets, letting them dry 30 minutes between coats. Already it looks like copper!

Galvanized tin primed with copper primer

After waiting 12 hours for the primer to completely dry I rolled one coat of Copper Reactive Metallic Paint. You would have a hard time believing those sheets were not copper unless you flipped them over. Kind of like flipping over dinnerware at a party to see if it's expensive china. Come on, we've all done it!

Galvanized tin painted with Copper Reactive Metallic Paint

After 30 minutes I rolled another coat of copper reactive metallic paint but before it was dry I spritzed it with Green Patina Aging Solution and watched the magic happen.

Green Patina Aging Solution over copper reactive paint

Isn't that amazing!  After 30 minutes I took a slightly damp seafoam sponge and dabbed the tin randomly. I loved the patina it was giving me and it brought out some red colors as well.

Step 4: Building a gable roof for the door

Then I got the idea of adding a gable roof to the top of the door using ripped fence boards that we had on hand. Curious how the metal effects kit would work on wood I repeated step 3 on the roof.

Gable roof for Flower Planter Door

Step 5: Attaching the gable roof

The gable roof was attached from the back with flat steel brackets. 

Gabled roof on an old 5-panel door with faux oxidized copper finish

Step 6: Attaching the tin panels

The tin panels were attached with glue and small upholstery nails. They look so amazing, especially when the sun shines on them and reveals the punched designs.

Faux oxidized copper panels on old door planter

But in all honesty, the punched designs are hard to see unless the sun is shining directly on them.  In hindsight, Step 2 could be eliminated and just let the copper patina speak for itself.

Oxidized tin door panel

Oxidized tin door panel

Oxidized tin door panel

Step 7: Adding a wooden flower planter

We secured the door and the wooden flower planter onto a wood stand because this area of our deck tends to be a wind tunnel. The wooden flower box was chalk painted in the same simplicity white as the door frame.

You can see from the picture below that I also applied this amazing technique on a small table for our deck.  More about that makeover in Faux Oxidized Copper Table.

Turning galvanized tin and wood into faux oxidized copper

I absolutely love our Repurposed Le Jardin Door Flower Planter!

5-Panel Door Repurposed Into A Flower Box

There was another door exactly the same but when we went back, it had sold. Two doors side-by-side would have looked even better with the rectangular flower planter base.

Has this inspired you to make something whimsical and fun for your outdoor living space?

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