Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Painting doors to look like Wood

I finished up with a door painting project in which I painted two doors to look like wood.  This first door was painted in the garage.  This home is a new construction and the door was painted and then installed at a later date.

The first photo is the completed project.


The next photo is pretty revealing in that the base coat color was really that orange.  I used a Sherwin Williams color called True Penny for the base coat.  Then the first color of the wood grain is SW Terra Brun and the second and darker color brown for the wood grain is SW Black Bean.  The photo below shows how I have taped off the door to get started on it.  When I paint a door to look like wood I like to start from the inside panels and work outwards. The doors I painted where the over sized ones so I had to use a ladder to reach the top.


After I have created the wood grain I remove the tape.  The white arrows show the area left on the panels I need to paint.


The next photo shows how I have taped those areas off.


You can see in the close up how the wood grain is coming along.


Both panels are complete in the next photo.


The next shot shows how I have painted in the wood grain on the outside trim piece with the first color brown.  You can clearly see the difference between that step and the completed door.


This is the same area when done.


Again, the completed door painted to look like wood.  Both sides where done in the same way.


I also painted the front door at this new home in the same way but with a different color scheme.


For the front door I used a SW color called Tatami Tan for the base coat color.  Then the first color of the wood grain I used SW Java and the second and darker color I used Turkish Coffee (but ever so slightly).


After I finishing painting the doors to look like wood I applied a clear UV acrylic clear coat over them.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Shaker Style Garage Door Painted Like Wood

I recently finished painting a Shaker style garage door to look like wood.  I also painted the double front doors to match.

Here is a shot of both of the projects seen from the street view.  It was hard to get them both in the same photo and still see any detail but here they are together.  It was a cloudy day because tropical storm Hermine was passing by.


In the next photo you can see where I have painted in the top row to look like wood.  The first panel indicated by the white arrow is complete.  The other panels on the top row have been almost painted with all the steps.  If you look at the panel with the red arrow you can see the darker lines of the wood grain pattern but it is not as rich in wood grain as the first panel there.  I will go back and add another level of wood grain painting to get the rest of the panels on the top row to look as rich in wood grain as the first panel.


This next photo is a better look at the finished panel and then a look at a panel right below it which has the first pass of the wood grain color that was painted over the base coat color I had applied to the door.  Actually the first thing I painted to look like wood was the wood trim that goes around all the panels, then I painted in the panels themselves.


The next photo shows the completed garage door painted to look like wood.  This color scheme is based on the color of the kitchen cabinets inside the home.



 The front doors were painted to match.  The window above the front doors had a white trim around it and I painted that to match also.


A closer view of the wood grain pattern.


Another look at the front doors painted to look like wood.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Two New Original Paintings

I have not posted in quite a while because I have been busy creating two new original paintings.  They are pretty big paintings too.  Each one measures 24 inches by 80 inches.  They will be installed side by side.  The first photo shows the piece that will go on the left side and the second will go right of that.


When they are installed it will show a sweeping shorescape of the inter-coastal mangrove islands of Tampa Bay.

When I create original paintings I work with acrylic paints and I always start with the background first and then work to the foreground.

Here is a picture of the first day working on the backgrounds.  I laid out the paintings end to end so I could get continuity of brush strokes across both paintings.


The following photos are some detail shots of the pieces.








It takes me a long time to create the detailed artwork but in the end the effort is worth it.