Wiley Scrap Wood Project with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan

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I found this glass paned cabinet door at our local Habitat for Humanity. My husband was concerned as to why I need a discarded cabinet door…with no cabinet, but I saw it and sketched out a quick design in my head. I knew what I wanted to create and who I wanted to help!




I met Ronnie Wiley about a year ago. I was really impressed with all of his talents. He owns Wiley Log homes (http://wileyloghomes.com/) and creates beautiful, handcrafted, log homes. When I walked into their home, perched on top of one of the Blue Ridge mountains, it was like walking into another world. Amazing views and stunning details around every corner.


Ronnies Log Home


You rarely see a new handcrafted home in our modern world. I appreciated every detail from his hand peeled railings to his custom designed front door.



Hand crafted door. Can you imagine walking in and out of this every day?  So beautiful!


I was beyond excited when he agreed to work with me on this little project. I often come up with ideas, but really struggle explaining the details to other people. I often work alone and can just figure it out as I go. Somehow, he understood what I was thinking and just grabbed some scraps, cut it up and voilà it was complete in just a couple of hours.


Here is what we did.


1) I drew a sketch around the style of the door.


15.5 X 28.5 were the measurements of the door.

2) Ronnie chose the wood pieces from his scrap wood pile.


1 scrap pile


3) He created our box (the basic shape of our project) using some wood glue and nails.



5 wood glue and nails for top and bottom

6-nail gun after glue

8-skimmng the sides

Skimming the sides to make them smooth and even.

4) For the back piece, he created an angled back using several pieces of wood. This adds an interesting design that can be viewed through the pane and eliminates waste.


7 measuring for angled boards



5) We cut smaller pieces to add the trim to frame the door.


6) He created our top with some tongue and groove wood that he had left over from a previous project. This wood was fresh, clean and slides together within the grooves. It is locked in very tightly and has a nice finished look.



7) Ronnie used the lid of his garbage can to create the rounded edges (So glad to see he uses resourceful tools like me! I have made many a project using cereal bowls, paint cans, etc. as my template.)


8) We finished by adding the door. It still had the hinges on it, so we used them.


9-Final project and baby

The youngest of his three girls. He makes pretty cute kids too!


I took it home to finish it off with these supplies.

-“Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan” in “Florence” with a wash using the “Antique White.”

-Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax.

-Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths in Dark Mahogany

-Minwax  Polycrylic.





That color is Florence…I never said I was neat.

1) I sanded the piece down. (I sanded the tabletop very smoothly to be ready for a stain and lacquered finish. ) The scrap wood I sanded enough to be safe and smooth enough to paint and look nice. This was discarded pine wood…lots of knots and bumps. I like those and wanted to leave the “character.”


2) I painted the base with “Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan” in “Florence” with a wash using the “Antique White” and finished with the the Clear Soft Wax. I painted the entire cabinet in Florence then after it dried, I used a mix of water and the “Antique” white to it a barely “whitewashed” look. Check out this link to find a local retailer and learn more about Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com/products/chalk-paint





3) I waxed the entire cabinet door and used a light wax on the rough pine. (You must seal the Chalk Paint with the Clear Soft Wax. You rub it on with a soft cloth, then buff the wax with another soft cloth.)



I only used the clear wax for this project. I planned to add the dark wax, but changed my mind after the whitewash.

4) I stained the top with Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths in Dark Mahogany . I used 2 heavy coats of stain. After that dried, I used two coats of the Minwax  Polycrylic.



5) I finally added a decorative knob to finish the look.


10 -add custom knob


I have this little creation in my foyer. I like opening the door to this cheerful and unique piece.


11 final foyer table



I added some colorful accessories and a practical basket to store my dogs leash and treats.




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American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com


  1. Linda Farris

    October 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I love how you saw the possibilities in the door. What an awesome little cabinet. Enjoying your adventures in the creative process.

    • Lindee Katdare

      October 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you Linda! It was fun watching this project unfold.

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