Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Painting Front Doors To Look Like Wood

I was able to finish up on a front door project today.  I have been creating a wood grain look on two front doors.  These doors were painted with colors that I use to simulate a Walnut type of wood.  I created the wood grain look on the exterior and interior of the doors and the door trim.



The doors are a fiberglass composite and they were finished off with some sort of oil based poly that had a very orangish tone to it.  So the first thing I did was to clean them, then sand and prime.  After the primer dried I applied a basecoat of paint.  I used a SW color called Toasty.  In the picture below the doors are ready to start the wood grain creation technique.


When I work on doors like these I always start from the inside out.  I want to paint the trim around the windows and any panels first.  These are over sized doors as far as the height goes so I needed a ladder for this job.


In this next photograph you can see how I applied the first coat of brown over the base coat of paint.  I use Java for a Walnut look.  When that dries I use Turkish Coffee for the second and darker brown.  When the wood grain work is completely done I apply a 100% acrylic UV clear coat over it.


The doors came out great and the client loved them. 




4 comments:

  1. Do you ever travel to Colorado? Would love to have you do my front doors and garage doors!

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    1. I have been to Colorado and it is a stunningly beautiful state but way to far to go to work.

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  2. Very nice but no place in the article does it mention how you painted the wood grain effect. It just tells that you used 2 different colors and which ones you used. Not very informative.

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    1. You are correct. This was not a tutorial on how to paint the door, just showing it off. If you would like to learn how to paint a door to look like wood I sell a tutorial for only ten dollars on this site. It is 132 pages long and has almost 2 hours of video clips explaining in detail the exact procedure. It is aimed at garage doors but the same techniques apply to entry doors. Hope this helps.

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