Monday, November 23, 2015

Paint Kitchen Cabinets Espresso Brown

This past week I created an espresso brown wood grain on a set of island cabinets in a kitchen.  This project really came out great.  The butcher block on the island is new also.  This first photo is the completed island.

paint kitchen cabinets

The next two photos are the before pictures.  The built-in wine rack was a challenge to get around.  The second picture here I had already taken off the doors and drawer fronts.

The first step is to clean the kitchen cabinets really well.  In the kitchen they are going to have cooking oils and grease on them no matter how well they are kept clean.  So what I do is wash them down really well with a degreaser then rub some 320 grit sandpaper over the all the surfaces.  Once I tack that I prime the cabinets.  The next three photos show the island primed.  I take home the doors and drawer fronts to do at home.

 After the primer is dried I apply the base coat of paint as you can see in the next photo.

Once the base coat has dried over night I tape off the panels on the back side of the island so I can paint the espresso wood grain on.  With the three panels there I tape off the top and bottom and then paint the vertical wood grain in across all three at once.

 Once the vertical grain painting is dried I re-position the tape and paint the horizontal wood grain pattern on.

The following photos are of the finished product.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Painting A New Front Entry Door To Look Like Wood

Painting Entry doors is a time consuming project and this one was no exception.  When the new door has no primer on it the first order of business is to prime the door and the surrounding trim work.  With this door it has a side light also so almost double the work.

One other aspect of most new doors and this one is no exception is that there are 4 types of material involved.  The door itself is made from one kind of wood, then there is the wood frame that was build to hold the door and then there is the additional wood trim around that.  So with this entry door the frame work was built with a composite material and then had real wood trim of two kinds added that.  Some of the trim was pre-primed and some was not.

So the reason I bring this up is you might think staining the door would be a good idea.  However, stain would look different on each material involved.  So you have the wood for the door, then the composite material for the frame and two different types of wood trim.  Four different materials would give you 4 different wood stain looks as the stain would absorb and look different on each part.

If you want all the parts to look the same you have to start from the same base.  So the answer is to paint instead of stain.  The first step is to prime with the same primer and then base coat and then create the wood grain effect.  The first photo is a before look.

 The added element here that took time is that each window has about a half inch reveal going back so I had to paint that also.  I always use a lot of tape in my wood grain projects.  This next photo shows the door primed and taped off to start the steps to create the wood grain.

The trick to getting a real good looking wood grain is to tape off each side and then start the paint stroke on the tape of one side, go across the length of piece you are painting and end the stroke on the tape of the other side.  In the next two photos you can see how the paint stroke ends on the tape and not the door itself.

The next three photos show areas that I have painted to look like wood after the tape has been removed. For this wood color I used a dark warm gray primer then for the first coat of wood grain color I used an off white, then a medium brown and then a charcoal color.

If you look at where the white arrow is pointing too you can see how using the tape makes it look like the wood was cut clean with a saw giving it a crisp edge.  This photo is actually the closest to being a real color match with how the door looks painted.

The next two photos are of the finished door.  The lighting was really hard to deal with and I did paint the exterior of the door also but did not get any better pictures of that.  After the door was painted I applied a good clear coat to both sides.

The plan was to paint the door to go along with the wood flooring but I painted it darker than the floor to give it some separation.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Paint Beam in Kitchen to Look Like Wood

I finished painting a beam in a kitchen remodel this week.  I created a wood beam on drywall.  This kitchen was totally gutted down to the studs and rebuilt with all new cabinets, appliances, flooring and counters, etc..

Here is the finished beam in the kitchen.

I painted this wood look to match the wood on the floor.  The floor is not actually wood.  It is tile but you can not tell the difference.  Tile manufacturers have come a long way in making floor tile look like wood.

Here a few photos of a closer look at the work.  I also painted the wood look on the backside of the beam but could not get a photo of that area.  It was a very difficult area to get to.  I was barely able to get that area painted but worked it out.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Make A Garage Door Look Like Wood

This week I finished up painting a garage door to look like wood.  These doors are the over sized garage doors and by that I mean they are 5 rows high instead of the more common 4 rows high.

paint a garage door to look like wood

The single door on the right looks a little darker in the photo above but it's the same tone.  It is just set back a few more feet and doesn't get the same light on it.  I find that layout common and it always makes the door that is set back seem a little darker when I photograph them together.

The next photo is a shot I took early in the day.  I had gotten the top part of the door done already.  You can see the base coat of paint on the rest of the door.  The base coat is a Sherwin Williams color called toasty.

This photo shows the large trim piece of wood that is a header for the door opening.  I painted that also and it was challenge because you can see how rough the wood is.  Very rough and hard to get the brush to go across it smoothly but it came out great.

You can see the header better in this next photo.  I was painted the color of the body of the house I decided it would look way better to have it painted like the door.

This next sequence of shots shows the steps involved in how I paint the garage door to look like wood.  I use a lot of tape.  I tape off the center panels like in the first photo.  Then on this door I used a reddish brown color SW Fiery Brown for the first color of wood grain.

After that dries I used a SW color called Black Bean for the second color brown.

Once I get the center panels done I re-position the tape so I can paint the space between the center panels with a vertical wood grain.  I paint the garage doors with a vertical wood grain in these areas because if the door where indeed made of real wood they would have a vertical wood grain there.
So this next photo shows how I have applied the first wood grain color on.

The next shot shows how nice a row looks when I am finished with it.

Here is a closer view of the wood grain pattern I am able to create by just painting with a standard paint brush.

wood grain painted on garage door

The following pictures are of the finished garage doors.  I painted these garage doors to look like a mahogany wood so they would match the front door.  When you turn in the driveway you can see both garage doors and the front door and they all now look like the same wood.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Stain A Garage Door

"To have your garage door look like the richness of a real wood door enhances the appeal of your entire home and wins the admiration of the whole neighborhood."
When you drive through any neighborhood typically the largest architectural feature on any home is the garage door.  Having your garage door look like real wood is very popular and for a good reason, it really does achieve a big uptick in the appearance of your home.

But like anything else there are the correct ways to achieve this look for your garage door for long lasting enjoyment.  The garage doors in the photo above where white before I painted them to look like wood.

It is so easy to do the job right.  Just use a premium quality exterior acrylic house paint and you will get long lasting durable results.

I paint your standard white steel garage door to look like wood for a living.  I have been creating a wood look on garage doors for 10 years now.  I have researched how to go about it before I started and actually called the three biggest manufacturers in the country of garage doors and talked to their technical departments.  They all have told me the same thing about their garage doors.  You can paint them as long as you do not use an oil or solvent based product.  Period.  It will void the warranty on the door.

If you go on any of the major manufacturers web site and search for information about painting their standard steel garage doors this is what you will find.

Can I paint my Clopay garage door?Can I paint my Clopay garage door?, Clopay's steel garage doors can be painted with any high quality exterior latex paint. Do not use an oil based paint.   
Amarr manufactured steel doors are pre-painted with a factory-applied finish that is suitable to be repainted with a wide variety of 100% acrylic exterior grade latex paints.

From Wayne-Dalton, IF APPLYING CLEAR COAT: An exterior, water-based, satin finish clear coat IF PAINTING: An acrylic latex, satin exterior house paint (solvent-based paints are not recommended).
Overhead Doors - After the surface has been properly prepared it must be allowed to dry thoroughly, then coated immediately with a premium quality latex house paint. Follow the paint label directions explicitly. Do not use oil base paint, this will void the warranty.

I have added the red to highlight the important part of the painting information.

The first garage door I painted to look like wood was in 2006 and it still looks good today because I followed the manufacturers instructions and used a high quality exterior acrylic paint ( I use Sherwin Williams Superpaint ).

The title of the this post is 'Stain A Garage Door' but what it is really about is the mistake homeowners make by staining their garage doors with an oil or solvent based stain and then unbelievably double down on the mistake and use a oil based clear coat over it.

The reason all the garage door manufacturers state that using an oil based product will void the warranty is because what happens is after a short period of time, usually only a year or so, the oil based stain product will crack and start to peel off.  Now that is bad enough but what happens is because the gel stain or other solvent product has bonded to the original manufacturer's coating, that coating comes off too leaving the bare metal of the door exposed.  And it is that fact that voids any warranty on the garage door.

One of worst offenders of this is the oil based clear products some people use on a wood painted garage door.   I see it several times a year.  I'd say about 2-3 times a year I get a call from a home owner that had their garage door painted to look like wood by someone else that didn't know how to go about it and by the time the homeowner has called me the paint job is cracking and peeling off.  Sometimes the painter used a regular latex house paint to get the wood effect but then made the huge mistake of using a marine varnish or some other oil clear coat over it.  Then it takes about a year depending on sun exposure to start to crack and peel.

At that point you either chemically strip the entire surface of the door down or buy a new door.  Those are the only two unfortunate options.

This is what drives me crazy.  There are numerous bloggers out there that have written about creating a wood look on their garage door using gel stain or some other oil/solvent based product.  If you look on youtube there are people showing you how to make your garage door look like wood by using the same solvent products.  Do not do that.  Do not use what they are telling you to use.

You can achieve a long lasting and beautiful wood look on a standard garage door by simply using a regular exterior house paint.  Easy, right?

I have asked homeowners why they put an oil based clear coat on their garage doors or used a solvent stain like gel stain and they tell me that is what the guy at the paint store or big box store told them to use.  That also drives me crazy.  It is to bad but homeowners get advice from people that they trust to know what they are talking about but it is just not good information.

I hope this post will educate the homeowner about the pitfalls of using a stain to make their garage door look like wood.  Please feel free to comment on this post or ask me any questions you may have.

Like I have said, I have been painting garage doors to look like wood for 10 years.  I have had so many people write to me over the years asking for instructions on how to create a wood look on their own door that I finally wrote a tutorial on the subject.  It has 130 some pages and almost 2 hours of videos explaining the process in a methodical step by step manner.  You can find out more about it here.   Garage Door Tutorial.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Painting A Strie Look On Kitchen Cabinet Makeover.

What is a 'strie' look anyway?  From Wikipedia;
 StriĆ© is a popular form of faux painting using glaze and paint brushes to create a soft natural striped texture.  The word striĆ© can be used to describe this process of painting, or to describe the actual finish created.

The first two photos show the end result of this kitchen cabinet painting project.  You can readily see the soft strie that I created on the cabinets.

I created this look for the island in the kitchen and for the cabinets in the pass-thru area (which I'll show later).  This next photo shows how the cabinetry looked before I started.   There were two large panels on either end.   Each side has doors and the side with the range top has some drawers.

After cleaning really well to get off any cooking oils or grease I first prime all the surfaces to be painted.  The next photo shows the primer going on.

I used a Benjamin Moore color called Iron Gate for the base coat of paint.  Once that was dry I then taped off each door like in the next photo.

A closer view of how the corners get taped off.

I make the paint stroke for the strie effect go from top to bottom of the door panel and I start on the tape and end on the tape. Once the tape is removed you can see the nice crisp corner using the tape gives you.

Then I re-position the tape over what I have painted to paint the strie effect on the rest of the trim, this gets the strie in the opposite direction.

The next photo is a nice look at one of the finished doors.

A closer view shows the subtle strie effect.

The following three photos show the finished work.

painting a strie on kitchen cabinets

The next two photos show the pass-thru cabinets.  The top section has those two doors with the glass.  I took the glass off of course to paint them, then inside there I just painted that area a solid darker gray.  These cabinets were the same as the island to start off with.