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.



Monday, July 18, 2016

Paint Island Cabinets in Kitchen

I just recently finished up on a kitchen island project.  The job was to change the color of the island and provide a better quality preforming paint job.  This island had been painted twice before and the painting was not done by a professional so it looked like it needed some attention.  Also a clear coat had been applied over the previous paint job but it was a polyacrylic and using a clear polyacrylic for kitchen cabinets is not a great idea.  I use a waterborne urethane for my kitchen cabinet projects and it is a much better choice.

You might wonder what the difference is as they both have water in the name.  My understanding is this, a polyacrylic is just like a can of paint but without any colorant in it at all.  So when it dries it is clear but not any harder or better than regular acrylic paint ( regardless of what the can says ).  A waterborne urethane is achieved by first dissolving the urethane in alcohol then using water to carry the urethane.  Once the water dries you are left with a urethane finish which is way harder and nicer than an acrylic finish.  Oil urethanes will yellow over time but waterborne will not.

The product I use to clear coat my kitchen cabinets jobs is made by Varathane and here is a picture of the can.  It is actually made to use on floors so using it for cabinets makes for really strong protection.


You might be thinking, "Why clear coat the cabinets in the first place.  Just use a good paint or an oil based paint and be done with it."  Well here is the answer.  If you where to paint your kitchen cabinets and give them the best paint job possible when family and friends saw them they would naturally want to touch them.  Then they would say, "Man, you did a great job painting your kitchen cabinets."  But when you use a good clear coat like the one I use when family and friends touch them they say, "Wow, you bought new cabinets."  It's that big of a difference in look and feel and just as big a difference in performance too.

The first three photos show the cabinets before I got there.  The homeowners wanted them a darker warm gray.  Plus the existing paint job because it was sealed with a polyacrylic had gotten dirty and chipped.


Look at the left side of the cabinets and you can see the dirty marks and chipping.




I usually take off the doors to prep them and paint them.  This island had been painted twice before and showed it.  Instead of trying to sand them down I used a stiff scraper and was able to scrape off all the previous paint and get it down to the original white color.  The island was painted with a latex or acrylic paint before but never primed and that is why I could scrape it off.  If it had been primed before painting I do not think I could have scraped off the paint.

It was big mess to get the paint off but worth the effort.  After I scraped the paint off I sanded the cabinets lightly with a 220 grit and they came out smooth as can be.


 For the framework in the kitchen I had to scrape it there.  What a giant mess all the tiny flakes made.


You can see the texture here in this next photo that was on the island cabinets.  This got this way because of the application of the paint and clear sealer.  Once I got all the paint off and sanded they were really smooth.


The next four photos show the completed project.  The new dark color goes really great with the countertops and backsplash.








Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Painting Stairs To Look Like Wood - part two

The stair project is complete.  I painted the stairs, the landing and the handrails to look like an espresso wood.  Creating this espresso wood tone on the stairs was a challenge but in the end they came out looking great.  One of the biggest challenges with this project was that I had to stand on a lower step and bend over to paint a step two up from the one I was standing on.  Bending over all day was a back breaker for sure.  I tried to sit on a lower step and paint one higher but sitting did not give the angle I needed to create the wood grain look.

This series of photos starts at the top of the stairs and works its way done. If you look at the previous post on this which I posted last week, you can see the huge difference it made creating this wood look on the stairs as opposed to the battleship grey they were when I started.


















All in all creating the wood grain on the stairs gives this section of the home a great new look.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Painting Stairs To Look Like Wood - part one

I started on a new project this week.  The job is to paint a set of stairs and the hand railings to look like wood in a new home.  There are 12 stair treads a landing and then 6 more treads, plus the handrails.

When the home was built the home owners had a really beautiful driftwood tile floor installed.  It's amazing how they can make tile look like real wood now. You really can't tell the difference.  Anyway the builder was suppose to make the stairs and railings look like driftwood too.  So the first two pictures are what happened.  The stairs ended up being painted a battleship gray.  Not even close to a driftwood look.




 The home owners where not pleased at all.  I was called in to consult and see if I could create a look that would be more what the homeowner wanted.  I did 4 sample boards, for homeowners, 2 where driftwood and 2 where an espresso wood look.  I made the sample boards the right size so we could lay them on top of the stair treads to get a great idea of what the stairs would like.

Taking into consideration the rest of the decor in the room and existing flooring the espresso look was the obvious choice.  Painting them to look like the existing floor just seemed too much.

So as with all painting projects the first thing I do is clean the stairs really well. After all people are walking up and down them they are dirty. Then I scuff sanded them down and primed with a gray primer.  Taping off each stair tread and the balusters took a long time but it's was the only way to insure I didn't get the paint all over the white trim and the risers.


 I taped plastic bags behind the rails so I wouldn't get paint on the walls.  Once I had it all taped off I applied the base coat of paint, a dark brown.


 After the base coat dried (the next day) I could start to create the espresso wood grain look on the stair treads and railings.  The thing about working on the stairs is you can't walk up the stairs until the paint dries really well.  Even so, once I started I took off  my shoes and I am working in my socks. So you go up 12 steps to the landing and turn go up 6 more to the second floor.  I have the top 6 stair treads done and the railings.  I am going to apply 4 coats of a crystal clear floor finish on them.  The next picture is the top 6 treads with 2 coats of the clear over them. The treads are actually a little darker than the picture indicates.