Changing a metal or wood door from plain builder white into rich wood grain faux painted doors is one of the easiest projects for new faux painters. It is also a great project if you would like to raise the value of your home. Who doesn’t love the rich look of wood instead of plain white doors?
Here is the call for help I got from a reader:
“I don’t know if this question has been asked before, but here goes. I want to know how to pick the colors to use to create a faux wood look on my interior doors.
For some reason, the builder used a medium oak color stain for all of the baseboards and trim, including trim around the doors. The doors, however, are painted white. They are 6 panel hollow core with a wood grain look already on the doors.
How do I know the colors to use, and what technique to use??
Thanks in advance”
I’ve said it before… I will say it again. A man was behind the decision to leave this door white. Who has wood base boards and wood trim and not wood toned doors? The homeowner was not given the proper choices with this home. Well… she can fix it, quick and easy!
How to Paint a Faux Wood Door:
Step 1: Get Your Supplies
- Containers for water & glaze
- Faux Glaze
- Universal Tint in Burnt Umber
- Chip Brush
- Old Sponge
- Drop Cloth
- Painters Blue Tape
- 1 Quart Yellow Ocher Latex Satin or Semi-Gloss Paint
Step 2 – Prepare your work space
Tape off the door handles and hinges. Protect the floors and counters.
Step 3 – Base Coat
Door Base Coated in Yellow Ocher. This base coat is one layer. It does not have to be an even coat. Make sure you don’t have any drips or runs.
Step 4 – Mix Glaze
Mix 1/2 Cup faux glaze and 1/8 Cup water. Then drizzle in about 1 tablespoon burnt umber. Try this on your door, if it is too light, add more color. The universal tint is very concentrated colorant.
Dip the brush in and drag it across the areas of the door.
Step 5 – Apply Glaze
Start in the deep insets. Then the panels then the outside panels.
You can see that the wood graining isn’t really graining at all. It is just dragging the paint on and not wiping. Use the brush to catch all drips. All the grain is in the pressed door. This paint technique just highlights the grain and makes it look real.
The faux glaze is the sealer. No need to seal again. Don’t touch the door for 24 hours.
If the blue tape pulls off the glaze, use a tiny paint brush to touch up.
Faux Painted Mahogany Door:
You would use the same technique but the undercoat would be Burnt Sienna.
Faux Wood Grain Video Is Available Here: Faux Wood Finish Doors
Do you want learn faux wood grain painting techniques, but never actually thought you could pull off designer looking results?
Are you frustrated looking at designer magazines and books filled with pictures of gorgeous wood doors and pillars… knowing that all the woodwork in your home is white?
Do you thing painting your doors or pillars to look like realistic wood grain would be difficult to master? I feel your pain!
Painting Door Video – The basics of painting a paneled door are covered in this video. Watch it several times before you start painting any panel style door.