My mom went to visit Holland years ago and came back talking about the beautiful doors there. She returned from her trip and tracked down a paint kit at a local paint store that promised the same European mirrored finish. It was the Fine Paints of Europe Dutch door kit.
The process is not for the faint of heart. From what I understand, the technique takes quite some time to master, the right tools and a lot of sanding. My mom tried and ended up abandoning the project as it was just too difficult. We all know how frustrating high gloss paint can be – it is tacky and highlights every brush stroke and imperfection.
Years later, forgetting about my mom’s Fine Paints of Europe debacle, I first start thinking about laquering something/anything after seeing a couple of Miles Redd’s rooms. I knew my husband would never agree to laquering the library (the paint is not cheap!) so I figured maybe the front door was the compromise. After a little bit of research, a lot of Pinterest browsing and a friend who tracked down just the right painter for the job, our door is getting a very special treatment today.
That is a can of Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac paint in their Brilliant finish. A mouthful! It is a Dutch marine-quality oil-based enamel with a high gloss sheen and a deep rich color. It is different from our domestic high-gloss oils.
The crew of two arrived early this morning and sanded away. They were pleased with our door’s condition as apparently it had not been touched much over the years. There were not the layers of paint so typical of houses this age.
About an hour in they cleaned the workspace of dust and started applying the first coat.
My hardware is going back to the shop for a good polishing and the cloth is to protect the door from the pollen, rain, dust, and anything else.
Here is my neighbor’s finished door. Stunning! You can see your reflection in it and the paint feels like it is going to wear like iron.
The next step for my door will be to sand the door before the last coat. The second and last coat will really give it that glass look.
The storm door I chose will also get a two coats of the Hollandlac Brilliant in black. This front door should look quite different soon enough.
This weekend those poor pots will finally get some attention and color. The stairs are fixed, the landscaping has improved, the door will be prettied up which means the shutters will now stand out like a sore thumb. I guess I know our next project.