Tuesday, October 8

A Faux Wood Painting Tutorial

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I just finished painting my metal door to make it look like wood. This is a great way to add character & warmth where it didn't exist before! Here's the video of a Studio 5 segment demonstrating this technique - followed by a text/photo tutorial . . . 





And here are the steps . . .

Clean the object you are painting & if the surface is shiny, it might need a primer.

Step 1: Cover with a layer of paint. I used Behr exterior flat paint in "Apricot Light". Allow to dry.
Step 2: Add a coat of a light gel stain. I used Old Masters "Maple 81208". Allow to dry.
Step 3: With a little of the darker stain color {I used Minwax Chestnut 601} on a sponge brush, twirl it in a circle to make a "knot". It can be dabbed with a rag if too much is applied. Allow to dry.
Step 4: Apply a layer of the darker stain. {In this case, Minwax Chestnut 601 again. Allow to dry.
Next: Apply a layer of polyurethane. I like Varathane Spar Urethane Outdoor Clear SATIN finish.
This technique works really well & I think it is really easy to pull off. {But of course I cannot promise you will get the same results I did.} I do recommend that you practice before painting anything of importance. 

You can get most of the supplies I used on-line if it's more convenient for you. (If you order from the links provided, Honey I'm Home receives a small commission - this helps me keep my blog running. Thank you!)


20 comments:

  1. Michelle, this is wonderful! What a fun technique...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, darling Nat, for stopping by. It's great to hear from you!

      Warmly, Michelle

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    2. Hi Michelle, This is such a great idea. Do you think it would work as well on a smooth finish raised panel exterior door? I noticed that yours has a faux wood grain already. Thanks!

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  2. This is stunning Michelle! Off to pin!

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    1. Thanks so much Stacy! You're the best.

      Warmly, Michelle
      PS - Sorry I left two comments on your linky party today. Oops! Please feel free to erase the one that was a mistake. (I couldn't figure out how to do it. Ha ha.)

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  3. Hey, that's impressive! Good job Michelle!!!

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    1. Glad you like it. Thanks so much for stopping by Friend!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  4. Found you over at my sister's blog (Beth's). I'm very impressed with the door! It looks so real! I'll be sharing this later on my FB page! Great job!
    ~Kim @ Sand & Sisal

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment AND the FB shout out Kim!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  5. You have me floored! This is absolutely stunning and I never would have thought to do a faux wood treatment for the door. Thank you for this amazing tutorial and I will be attempting it soon!

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea for your sweet comment & for taking the time to leave it. Please let me know if you do a project like this - I'd love to see your pics!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  6. this is amazing!!! Would love to do this on our garage door. Thanks for the tutorial.
    XO
    Kristin

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    1. Thank you so much Kristin. It looks great on garage doors.

      Warmly, Michelle
      PS - I love your blog!

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  7. You did such a wonderful job on your door. It's so unique! What a great tutorial!

    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

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    1. Thank you cute Brandi. I really appreciate you for stopping by & leaving a comment.

      Warmly, Michelle

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  8. I love this! I can't wait to give this a try on my garage door.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by & leaving a comment. If you do your garage, I'd love to see pics!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  9. I just did this on my steel basement door, and it's gorgeous! Thanks for the top!

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    1. How wonderful! I'm so glad it turned out nice. Please send pictures!

      Warmly, Michelle

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