Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Painting a Garage Door, an Entry Door and a Porch Beam to Look Like Wood

I just finished up a project where I painted a garage door, an entry door and a porch beam to look like wood.  The garage door had been painted the same color as the body of the home.  The entry door is a wood door and was clear coated but the coating was cracked and peeling so  it had been stripped off.  The porch beam was weathered quite a bit.

Here is a photo of the finished project.  The white arrow indicating the porch beam.


Just getting started here in the first photo.  I had cleaned the door really well with soap and water and a scotch brite pad.  Then I primed the door and applied the base coat of paint.  The base coat of paint in this case is a Sherwin Williams color called True Penny.


The next photo shows how I have taped off the first two rows and at this point I have finished painting in the center panels to look like wood.  The first coat of wood grain color is a SW color called Fiery Brown.  The second and darker color I used is SW Black Bean.


It's always quite a shock to see the base coat color of True Penny on a garage door but you can see in the next shot how painting the garage door to look like wood is really coming out great.


The finished garage door is shown next.


A little closer view of the wood grain pattern I created.


The next photo shows how I taped off the panels on the front door, the first step to get it ready to paint like wood.


So all the panels are done in this next photo.


The entry door came out looking great but the picture I took didn't come out so great.  You get the idea however.  Why paint a wood door to look like wood.  A good question.  The answer is that wood doors protected by clear coats will weather and start to look shabby after about a year or two, sometimes shorter if it gets sun a lot during the day.  So it is not uncommon to have to refinish a wood door every 2-3 years to get it looking good.  Painting it like I do will last about 20 years or more depending on how much direct sun it gets during the day.  The other reason is that if you want the front door and the garage door to match you need to paint them in the same way.


A last look at the garage door I painted to look like wood.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Painting A Large Garage Door To Look Like Wood

I finished painting one of the largest garage doors I have ever worked on.  This door is five rows high which is not that unusual but each row of this door was larger than normal.  About 15-20% of the garage doors I paint to look like wood are five rows high but this one with the oversized rows was really large.

For this door I used a base coat color called Toasty by Sherwin Williams.  After that dried I started on the rows working from the top to bottom.  The top two rows I had to use a ladder to paint.  Typically on a double car door I don't need a ladder at all.  I have to use one though with all the doors that are five rows high.

In this first picture you can see how I have finish up the top two rows and I have taped off and am working on the third row down.  For painting on the wood grain I used a SW color called Terra Brun for the first color of brown.  The second and darker color brown I used SW Black Bean.


In the next shot you can see a little closer look at how the door is coming out.


This last picture is the finished door painted to look like wood.  I sell a complete tutorial on how I go about painting a garage door to look like wood.  I sell it on this site here.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Enhance The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

Painting a garage door to look like wood is one of the most dramatic steps you can take to give your home more curb appeal.  You have to figure that in a lot of neighborhoods the garage door is one of the biggest architectural features of the home you see when driving down the road.  Having a beautiful wood garage door really enhances the look of your home.

I completed painting this garage door to look like wood last week.  The color of the door is perfect for the color of the home.  It is a muted brown look which goes great with the light green color of the home.

The first two photos show how much work was completed after the second day on the job.  The first day was cleaning, priming and applying the base coat of paint.  The base coat of paint on this door is a SW color called Tiki Hut.   The wood grain color is a dark charcoal with some brown in it.  A custom mix I made.




 The next two photos are of the completed door.   The client loves her door and the huge change from a plain white door that was there.




Here is the color I used to create the wood grain.  I only used one color on this door.  It is a custom color but if you took the pic below to a paint store they could mix it.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Painting Your Garage Door To Look Like Wood

I created a wood look on two garage doors last week by painting them with exterior Sherwin Williams acrylic paint.  I prefer to use SW paint but whatever paint you use to paint a garage door to look like wood you have to use a Latex or Acrylic exterior paint.  Never use an oil based product on a garage door even for the clear topcoat.  Oil based products will crack and peel in short order.

Here are some photos of the doors.  The first one is after I cleaned the door with soap and water using a scotch brite pad.  Then as you can see I started to apply the primer to the doors.


 This second shot is after the primer has dried and then the basecoat of paint was applied.  I used a SW color called Toasty for the base coat of paint.


There were a few issues with these doors.  The next two photos so how the weather strip at the top of the doors had started to fall apart.  So I replaced that on both doors.




Also, after I basecoated the doors I could see where the door was actually hitting the door opening when it opened and closed and this caused scrapping on the doors.  The white spots in the photos is where the base coat of paint got scraped off.  I adjusted both doors some just enough so that when they opened and closed they would not touch the opening.




Next are some in progress shots how I go about painting the garage door to look like wood.  I use a lot of tape to make sure all that there are no stop and start marks on the door with the wood grain pattern.


I use two different color browns for actual wood grain colors.  The fist wood grain color I used is a SW color called Terra Brun.  The second color is a really dark brown called Black Bean.






Then I have some photos of the completed doors.

garage door painted to look like wood


garage door painted to look like wood


painting garage doors to look like wood

Even though the SW paint I use has a lifetime warranty with it, I always top coat the garage doors with a clear UV acrylic topcoat.  I use a product called MasterCear from Modern Masters.

garage door painted to look like wood

These garage doors really came out nice and the clients were thrilled how much they looked like they were made of real wood.

painting a garage door to look like wood

Thursday, February 22, 2018

'Three Sticks' A New Sculpture

I recently put the finishing touches on a new industrial chic sculpture.  This piece measures 17 inches wide by 23.25 inches high by 2.5 inches deep.

industrial chic sculpture


industrial chic sculpture


industrial chic sculpture


This piece was made from lumber and supplies from a home improvement store and driftwood I found at the beach.

A few close-ups...

industrial sculpture


industrial sculputre


industrial sculpture


industrial sculpture


industrial sculpture