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


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Paint Multi Panel Front Entry Door

I painted this front entry door to look like wood and to match the garage door I had painted to look like wood earlier in the week.  The big challenge on this entry door is the 21 small panels.

paint entry door to look like wood.


After cleaning the door really well, priming it and then applying the base coat of paint I taped off the 21 individual panels.


The next photo shows why I use so much tape in my painting projects.  Getting the small panels painted without getting any paint on the surrounding areas would be impossible so better to just tape it off.  It looks like a messy process because it is.  The panel on the left has the first coat of wood grain color paint applied.  The middle panel has the second coat and the third panel is the finished look.


The next photo shows a panel after the first coat of wood grain color and then if you notice the darker lines that is the first pass with the second wood grain color I am using.  The base coat paint on this door is a SW color called Toasty.  The first wood grain color is Fiery Brown and the second wood grain color is Black Bean.


The next photo shows all the panels done and then I took off the tape that was on the vertical areas between the panels getting that ready to paint.


This next photo is a great shot of how well the taping off works.  I have finished the vertical areas and then taken off all the tape.  I only need to create the wood grain effect on the horizontal areas between the rows of panels to finish the center of the door..


The last step was to paint the perimeter area around the door and then seal it with an acrylic UV sealer clear coat.  The door came out great and now the front door and the garage door match which really gives a great look to the front of the home.