Saturday, June 27, 2015

Paint Your Own Garage Door To Look Like Wood

I have written a full length tutorial on how to paint your own garage door to look like wood.  Here is the link to that tutorial  Paint Your Garage Door To Look Like Wood .  I just finished painting two garage doors this week.  A double door and a single door at the same residence.

painted garage door to look like wood

With these garage doors the center panels have vertical planks as you can see in the next photo.  I do a lot of taping off when I paint a garage door.  That is so when I make a paint stroke to simulate the grain pattern I have no start and stop marks.  You can see how I have taped off the panels to paint in the vertical grain on the planks and the space between the individual panels.  

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In the next photo you can see how I start the vertical paint stroke on the tape and end on the tape.


When the vertical panels are complete I paint the space between the row of panels with a horizontal grain, that space is indicated by the white arrow in the next photo.  You can see how I have taped off for that.

garage door painted to look like wood

When I tape off to paint the horizontal grain you can see a close up next of how that goes.  The green arrow indicates the beveled part of the center panel that gets a horizontal grain.  The red arrow shows how I leave just about sixteenth of an inch from the vertical grain painting exposed.  That way when I paint in the horizontal grain the brush will cover over that thin area and leave no blank area not painted.  The white arrows show some bleed under from painting the vertical planks.  It is minimal and when I paint in the horizontal grain in those areas you never see it.

tape off garage door to paint like wood

Next photo shows the horizontal grain once painted on, indicated by the green arrows.

paint horizontal wood grain on garage door

Once the center garage door panels are painted with a vertical wood grain I then go around the perimeter of the panel on the beveled part and paint in some dark lines in the grooves that are there.  On this garage door there are three grooves I painted darker indicated by the arrows.  I also (blue arrow) painted in the groove between the vertical planks with a dark stroke.


You might be able to see what I am talking about better by looking at the next two photos of the completed garage door painted to look like wood.

garage door painted to look like wood



The next three photos are of the finished garage doors.  Painting your garage doors to look like wood really makes a huge difference in the overall 'curb' appeal of your home.







Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Painting Beams To Look Like Wood

This project was to paint some 'beam' areas in the home to look like wood.  The best way to talk about this job is to show it.   Here are two photos, a before and after.  This home sits right on the Gulf of Mexico, as you look out the back you see the sand dunes and clear beautiful waters of the Gulf.  I painted these beam areas to look somewhat like a driftwood effect.




It is sort of hard to see the beam in the next photo but the second one is after I painted it and looks great.  These beams got painted on all three sides of course.




Another beam area next.




I also painted the fireplace mantel the same way.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Paint Front Door To Look Like Wood And To Match Garage Door

Between thunderstorms this week I was able to complete painting a front entry door to look like wood.  I matched the front door to the garage door I had already painted to look like wood.

I first painted the garage door.  This garage door has the sun burst windows as the top row.  It takes about 4 times as long to paint a row with those sun burst window frames as opposed to a regular row of panels.  However, they came out great as you can see in the second photo.

paint a garage door to look like wood


detail of wood painted garage door

After the garage door was complete I moved on to the front entry door and the side of the garage has an entry door I also painted.  The front entry with the side lights was painted a bright red.  In the next photo you can see how I have almost primed over all the red.


Once the primer dried I applied the base coat of paint for the wood grain.  This is a Sherwin Williams color called Toasty.  After that dried I could then start the wood grain painting.   I use a lot of tape when wood grain painting.  In the next photo you can see how I have taped off for the first sections I will be creating the wood in.


I use two different colors of brown for the wood color.  Those two colors plus the base coat color actually make three colors to achieve the wood grain look.  On these doors I used a SW color called Java for the first coat of wood grain and then the second coat I used a SW color called Turkish Coffee.

This next photo is after the first step of wood grain painting using the Java.


This next photo shows the door after I have finished quite a bit of it.  I only have part of the frame work to finish at this point.


The next photo shows the completed front entry door painted to look like wood.  A really big change from the red door it was when I started.

paint a front door to look like wood

The entry on the side of the garage also was painted to look like wood using the same colors and procedure.  This door was originally painted the same as the house color.

paint entry door to look like wood