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.

13 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous- thanks for posting the different steps. Thank you too for posting the colors you use- that can sometimes be the biggest problem.

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  2. Did you use a brush, if so what kind?

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  3. I use a 2 inch Wooster chinex thin angle brush for all the wood grain projects. I get it at Home Depot. Love the brush.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Wooster-Pro-2-in-Chinex-Thin-Angle-Sash-Brush-0H21210020/203193296

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  4. So you didnt use stains, just paint?

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    1. Yes, that is correct. I only use paint and no stains.

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  5. What kind if brushes you used. Thank you

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    1. I use a Wooster 2 inch angled brush. They come in regular and thin and I always use the ones marked thin. I get them at Home Depot.

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  6. What are the brushes you used . and if I have a white door can this be don? Thank you.

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    1. Yes, the door on this page was white when I started. That burnt orange color you see on the door was the base coat color I painted on the door before I started the wood grain process.

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  7. Did you thin the paints to get the stain look? Beautifully done!

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Yes, I thin down the paint and sometimes pretty thin. Then the bristles on the brush creates the wood grain. It is the same process I use on the garage doors, which by the way I have a tutorial on.

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  8. Where can I find the link for your tutorial? Thank you again!

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    1. https://www.everythingicreate.com/p/garage-door-tutorial.html
      It's an ebook download but you can read all about it on this page. Thanks for asking.

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