how to paint a door to look like wood

How To Make A Metal Door Look Like Stained Wood

Want to upgrade an ugly metal or fiberglass door? I’ll show you how to paint a door to look like wood on a budget with 7 shade options.


Did you know that you can give any metal or fiberglass door the look of wood with a few paint supplies from your local home improvement store?  Don’t settle for a tired, bleached-out door color when you can paint your door in any of 7 beautiful shades of faux wood grain. 

I have used this technique with great results on furniture pieces but I’m so excited to show you how amazing it looks on interior and exterior doors made of any material.  I’ll show you exactly what steps to follow so your old door looks like wood for less than $40.  That could save you hundreds of dollars if you were going to buy a new one.

Whether are refinishing your metal front door or a fiberglass back door, the process is the same and uses latex paint and glaze to give any material the look of wood grain.  If you have a faded door that’s stained, this is a great process as you can completely refinish your door without stripping.  With this easy step-by-step tutorial and video, I’ll show you exactly how to do your own door makeover on a budget!

 LET ME SHOW YOU:

  • How to paint a door to look like wood whether it is metal, fiberglass or outdated stained wood
  • An easy, budget-friendly video tutorial with 7 shades to pick from
  • Tips and tricks to make any surface look like a gorgeous stained hardwood
  • Some encouragement about the effectiveness of prayer in this week’s Renovate Your Faith devotional at the bottom of this post
how to paint a metal door to look like wood

(As an Amazon affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. Please see my full disclosure HERE).

Paint Colors that Look Like Wood

There is no one shade of interior or exterior paint that looks like wood stain because when you look at a stained piece of hardwood there are actually several different colors in one piece.  After lots of experimenting, I’ve found a faux finish that synthesizes the look of wood grain on any material surface.  You will be using three different sample containers of paint per door and we will paint them on with a method that is easy and looks so much like real wood.  I also give you over 7 different shade options so you can get the exact look that matches your style and home decor.

how to paint a door to look like wood

How to Make A Metal Door Look Like Wood (Process Overview)

With this process, first, pick your shade from several options below.  Each shade has a designated base coat color and two different glaze colors.  (I promise this is easier than it sounds so stick with me!)  We will paint on the base coat and let it try before taping off your paneled door in smaller areas to make sure the faux wood grain is going in the right direction. 

Then, we will brush on one glaze later into the sections we are working on at the moment.  The glaze layers are semi-translucent and the brush strokes will create a graining effect just like wood.  When that dries, we will brush on the second glaze layer which acts as a wood grain finish coat. 

After that layer dries, we remove the tape and retape the rest of the sections.  Then, we will do glaze layer 1 and then glaze layer 2 again on those sections.  When it is dry, we apply a clear coat and admire the amazing door you just created to look like a high-end hardwood door you first paint on a basecoat for less than $40!

Supplies Needed: How to Paint a Door to Look Like Wood

Zinnser Cover Stain Oil-Based Primer – Click here for the current price.  Be sure to use Zinsser Bullseye 123 Primer (Water-based) if you are working on a garage door.  Using an oil-based product on a new garage door can void your warranty.

Sander or Sandpaper for Light Sanding – I love this low-cost sander with dust catcher.  You can get it here on Amazon:  Tacklife Sander  For tips on sanding, read my post here:  How to Sand in Less Than 5 Minutes

Base Coat – See the information below for the right base coat for your shade of faux stain.  Usually, I just get the sample containers of paint at Lowe’s that are less than $5.

Clear Mixing Glaze – I’ve tried other glazes and this one can’t be beaten: My Favorite Clear Mixing GlazeYou can usually find it at Lowe’s.

Latex Paint Sample for Glaze Layer 1 – You will mix Layer 1 by combining the glaze above, water, and latex paint based on the stain color you pick below.  Don’t worry; it’s super easy to mix and you will only need a sample container in Satin!  I like to get these sample containers of paint at Lowe’s in their Sherwin William paint and that’s also where you can get the clear mixing glaze.

Latex Paint Sample for Layer 2 – Again, you will mix this by combining the glaze, a little water, and latex paint (sample size again).  See the mixing instructions below in step 4.

Roll of Painter’s Tape – This tape seems far superior to other painters’ tapes on the market and you can find it on Amazon here: Yellow Painter’s Tape

Paint Brushes – These are my favorite low cost brushes and you can get them on Amazon here: Presa Paint Brush Set

6” Roller and Paint Tray (Optional)– I like applying my base coat with a roller and then back brushing it with a brush because it gets the paint on the door faster.   You could also just use a brush for the basecoat but my favorite 6” roller is this one:  3/8” Microfiber Roller

Baby Wipes (Required for Driftwood Finish and nice to have on-hand for any other finishes) – I recommend Huggies Natural Care because I can guarantee the chemicals in those wipes will not wipe away the dried base coat.

Foam Brushes (Optional) – I like to add my topcoat with a foam brush to get a smoother finish without brush strokes.  They are super cheap compared to regular brushes and you can find them on Amazon here: Foam Brush Set

Top Coat (Recommended) –   My favorite for Interior Doors is Varathane’s Water-Based Top Coat in Satin (see the current price here).  For exterior doors and garage doors, I recommend this one:  Varathane’s Waterbased Spar Urethane

Stir Sticks for Your Cleat Coat

Paper Towels

 

Shade Options When Painting A Metal Door To Look Like Wood

This process has 8 different shades to choose from below, but this tutorial will mostly be geared to the Traditional stain shades. 

However, you can also do a natural wood finish (raw-bleached finish), and Restoration Hardware finish but you’ll also want to refer to those tutorials because the glazing process is slightly different.

Traditional Stain Options

stain options for painting a door to look like wood

Raw Wood Finish

how to paint a raw wood finish on a metal door

Restoration Hardware Finish

restoration hardware finish on a metal door

Now that you know what shade you are going to paint on your furniture piece, you can find out what sample colors you will need below.

Traditional Faux Stain Options for Doors

If you are wondering how to paint a door to look like stained wood with a more traditional grain, one of these options is for you. To see how the traditional faux stain options look on furniture pieces, you can see this post: How to Make Paint Look Like Stain

The stains above can all be made darker by adding more paint.  So if you are looking for a darker version of one of the stains above, it’s easy to get that look!

For each of the colors listed, you will need to get a half-pint sample size of paint.  I like to get the sample size containers of Sherwin Williams paint.  You can use any latex paint as long as it is color-matched to those colors but the glaze is only sold at Lowe’s.

BEGINNER TIP – If you are new to getting paint at the paint counter, no worries!  Just go into your nearest Lowe’s and tell them you want a Sherwin Williams Sample container in (whatever color).  The samples always come in a satin sheen so they probably won’t ask you what sheen.  I usually tell them I’ll be back and loiter around the store for a few minutes while until my paint is done.

Rustic Mahogany Faux Stain (The Shade I Used on My Exterior Metal Door)

This is a gorgeous color that is very rich and works with both modern and traditional color schemes.  It’s hard to believe that the stain is just latex paint and a little glaze!  This is the color of my door in this tutorial on How to Paint a Door to Look Like Wood.  To me, this color looks a lot like Pottery Barn’s Mahogany (click here to get an idea). This is one of my favorites and I love the depth of color!

BASE COAT PAINT: Sherwin Williams Flaxseed

GLAZE LAYER 1: Sherwin Williams Van Dyke Brown

GLAZE LAYER 2: Sherwin Williams Turkish Coffee

To make each glaze layer you will mix it’s paint color, water and the clear mixing glaze as I describe in step 4.

For example, if I pick Rustic Mahogany as my shade, I’ll be buying three samples of paint at the paint counter, and don’t forget your glaze

Dark Walnut Faux Stain

This stain is the darkest color shade of the options and is perfect if you are wanting a more espresso finish.  You can see below that I refinished my breakfast table and the coffee table in my living room with this stain color here: How to Use Paint as a Stain

BASE COAT Paint: Sherwin Williams Latte

GLAZE LAYER 1: Sherwin Williams Van Dyke Brown

GLAZE LAYER 2: Sherwin Williams Black Bean

To make each glaze layer you will mix it’s paint color, water and the clear mixing glaze as I describe in step 4.

Barnwood Faux Stain

This is a versatile stain that works well for a traditional look or a more rustic farmhouse style.  This is the original faux stain shade I started with and you can see examples like the dresser top in my master bedroom and also the gray entry table at the link here:  How to Use Paint as a Faux Stain

BASE COAT: Valspar Coastal Villa – This is a Valspar color but you can also get it in a SW sample. Either is fine.

GLAZE LAYER 1: Sherwin Williams Van Dyke Brown

GLAZE LAYER 2:  This color and also Driftwood has the same shade (SW Van Dyke Brown) for layer one and two.  So, you only need one sample container of SW Van Dyke Brown.

To make each glaze layer you will mix it’s paint color, water and the clear mixing glaze as I describe in step 4.

Driftwood Faux Stain

This is a great stain shade if you want a more weathered look to match rustic farmhouse or coastal decor.  I have an entire post devoted to it that you can see here: Faux Driftwood Finish on Latex Paint.

There is one difference with this shade and that is that you dry brush white on the finish as a final step which I explain in the link above.  Because of the additional step, get a sample size container of Sherwin Williams Pure White or just use any white/cream latex paint you have on hand. For more images of the driftwood finish, click here: Easy Driftwood Finish with Latex Paint

BASE COAT PAINT: Valspar Coastal Villa – This is a Valspar color but you can also get it in a SW sample. Either is fine.

GLAZE LAYER 1: Sherwin Williams Van Dyke Brown

GLAZE LAYER 2:  SW Van Dyke Brown again.  You will only need one sample of this color for both layers.

You will mix the paint, glaze and water in the ratio listed in step 4.

And don’t forget a sample container of white paint for the driftwood stain!

Brown Oak Faux Stain

If you want more of a rustic farmhouse look, then this is your stain color! I love how it looks on the top of my dresser in this Silver Strand Review. For more images of the traditional finishes, click here: Easy Faux Stains with Paint

BASE COAT:  Sherwin Williams Flaxseed.

GLAZE LAYER 1: Sherwin Williams Van Dyke Brown

GLAZE LAYER 2: There is no layer 2 step for this shade.  You will move directly to the clear coat step! Woo hoo!

Early American Faux Stain

This is a really pretty option if you like the rustic depth of Brown Oak but want something a little warmer. For more images of the traditional finishes, click here: Easy Faux Stains with Paint

BASE COAT:  Sherwin Williams Flaxseed

GLAZE LAYER 1: Sherwin Williams Java

GLAZE LAYER 2: There is no layer 2 step for this shade.  You can move directly to the clear coat step!

To get each glaze layer, you will mix the paint with water and glaze as I describe in Step 4.

How to Paint a Door To Look Like Old Wood – Rustic Options

Raw Wood Faux Finish

If you want to how to paint a door to look like wood that is raw or bleached, you can apply this Natural Wood faux finish to your interior or exterior door.  Follow this tutorial for taping off the different sections of your door but do the process listed here:  Easy Raw Wood Finish With Paint.  You’ll find it is a very similar process to this one with most of the same supplies. For examples of furniture in this finish, check out this post: Easy Raw Wood Finish With Paint

Restoration Hardware Faux Finish

For a Restoration Hardware finish, you can use this tutorial for taping off your door panel and the restoration hardware faux finish tutorial for the actual process.  Again, it is very similar to the process here and you can see how I used this process on the different wood panels of our dining table here: Easy Restoration Hardware Finish with Paint

how to paint a door to look like wood

How to Paint a Door to Look Like Wood – Video Tutorial

You can also watch the video with this post to see exactly how to faux finish your door with paint. If your video isn’t showing up, you can find it here on You’Tube: How to Paint A Door To Look Like Wood, Video Tutorial

Step 1: Sand First Before Painting A Door to Look Like Wood

Stop! Don’t forget to take a before pic.  When you are done, post the before and after pics on Instagram and tag me @renovatedfaith! ❤️

The first step is taking the door off the hinges and remove hardware.  Be sure to put your screws and hardware in a plastic baggie so none get lost.  I refinished my door in a vertical position so I could get better video shots but it is easier to refinish horizontally on a table.

BUDGET-FRIENDLY TIP – If your hardware needs an upgrade but you don’t want to spend a lot, now is a great time to spray paint it.  You can see my easy process here:  How to Spray Paint Door Knobs So They Outlast The House

I like to sand with my Tacklife Mouse Sander and I go in circular motions all over the piece as you see in the video.  You can also use sandpaper and sand by hand. To learn more about sanding, check out this post here:  How to Sand in Less Than 5 Minutes

How to Make a Metal Door Look Like Wood – Prep Work

Whether your door is metal, wood or fiberglass, you are just sanding to scuff up the surface. In other words, you are not trying to sand off the old finish. Chances are there is at least one layer of paint on your door and we want to make sure the new paint adheres to the old surface.

Renovated Faith: What’s in a Name?

So many of my DIY projects remind me of God’s capacity to transform our brokenness and renew our hearts.  If you are a work-in-progress, just like I am, check out the Renovate Your Faith Devotional at the bottom of each DIY and home décor post.   Click here to get a weekly reminder of new posts by adding your email address.

STEP 2: Prime Your Interior or Exterior Door First

For my exterior door, I used an oil-based primer called Zinsser Cover Stain.  It has great adhesion qualities which is important for exterior doors.  However, if you are doing this process on an exterior garage door, be sure to use Zinnser Bullseye 123 because some garage door warranties will be voided if you use an oil-based product on the garage door.  It also adheres well and you will get excellent results.

I brushed the Cover Stain primer on the entire door with a cheap brush that I can just throw away afterward.  I prefer this to going to the trouble of cleaning a nice brush with mineral spirits as this is an oil-based product.

Be sure to brush the primer on in the direction of the grain.  Once I have covered the door in primer, I go back and catch any drips that might have accumulated in the corner of the panels.

If your primer doesn’t provide full coverage of your door and you can see some streaks, don’t worry about adding a second coat.  Unless your original door color was bright purple, the streaks will add to the final character of your door.

What happens if I apply paint without applying a primer?

The primer is an insurance policy that our paint will always stick to the door without cracking or peeling.  The last thing we want to do is go to the trouble of painting our door only to have the paint peel off.  I like to say that “primer sticks to things and paint sticks to primer”.  As I mention in my post on Why I Don’t Use Chalk Paint, you need both because the two serve very different functions.

Once my primer is dry, I like to sand again to get an extra smooth finish but this step is not required.  The sanding will only take a couple of minutes.  Be sure to wipe down the door with a damp cloth when you’re done to remove sanding dust.

how to paint a door to look like wood grain
Door with one coat of primer

STEP 3: Apply A Base Coat on Your Front or Back Door

Before applying your base coat, put down any plastic tarps or drop cloths around your work area.

Now, it’s time to apply your base coat.  The shade I’m using is Rustic Mahagony so Flaxseed is my base shade. 

You can either brush it on or roller it on and then brush out the roll marks in the direction of the grain.

how to paint a metal door to look like wood
Door with Base Coat

How to Make a Metal Door Look Like Wood Grain – Brush Strokes!

Rolling it on is always faster and I brush out the roll marks because this is one of the few times I want brush strokes in the surface because they will mimic the feel of wood grain.  You can see how I do this in the video.

When painting a door, I like to paint the panels first and then move to the flat surfaces, always brushing in the direction of the grain.  Since this is a metal door that has no grain, I’m usually brushing length-wise as you can see in the video.

One coat will be enough.  If you have some streaks where the paint didn’t cover completely, that is perfectly fine and will add to the effect when we get to the glazing step.

Let the base coat dry overnight.

Step 4: Glazing – The Secret To Making Metal Doors Look Like Wood

This step is all about teaching you how to glaze each section and on the next step, we will tape off and glaze different sections of the door.

You will now mix your clear mixing glaze, water and paint in this proportion for each paint color.  Since the Rustic Mahogony has two glaze coats, I will mix two separate mixtures with this ratio using the paint colors SW Van Dyke Brown and SW Turkish Coffee.

Glaze Mixture Ratio:

2 Parts Paint

1 Part Pater

2 Parts Clear Mixing Glaze

I usually start with 1 Part equaling 1 TBS and you can always mix up more later. I like to use a paper cup and a plastic spoon.

I mixed two separate glaze mixtures. With the first mixture, Harvest is the paint color and with the second, Turkish Coffee is the paint color.

Now that I’ve got two glaze mixtures mixed, each with my two latex paint colors, I can start the first coat.  Normally, we will tape off a small area first but I’m going to show you what to do on a wood sample.  Be sure to watch the video for this section and if you have trouble seeing it in this post, you can see here: How To Paint A Door To Look Like Wood, YouTube

How to Apply Both Glaze Mixtures To Your Metal Door

  1. As shown in the video, brush on the first glaze mixture until you get full coverage on the surface or taped area.
  2. Now, wipe any excess glaze mixture off your brush with a paper towel.  Start brushing lengthwise in the direction the grain would go. Use long strokes on this section so that you start your start at one end and you don’t pick up your brush until it has passed the section.
  3. Keep brushing in long strokes and you will start to see the appearance of wood grain.  Wipe off your brush with a paper towel after every few passes.  NOTE: If small dots form in your brush strokes a few seconds after brushing on the mixture, your mixture is too thin so add some paint.
  4. Once you like the look of the first glaze coat stop painting and let it sit untouched for 2 hours.
  5. When it’s dry, repeat Steps 1-4 with the second glaze mixture. Do the exact same process above with the second glaze mixture shade on top of the first coat.
how to paint a door to look l ike wood video
You can see the video here: How to Paint a Metal Door to Look Like Wood, YouTube

STEP 5: Create Wood Grain That Runs In Different Directions by Taping

Next, we will take off sections of our door to give the same look of a real hardwood door that has been constructed out of different pieces of wood. To create this effect, we will apply two glaze mixtures on those sections, let them dry, and then tape and glaze other sections. 

Taping and Glazing Paneled Sections of Your Door

First tape off the paneled area with your Yellow Frog Tape.

Do the entire glazing process (above) to just the paneled areas going up and down. 

how to use paint to make a door look like wood
Tape and glaze the paneled sections.

Pro Tip: You’ll notice that the top and bottom “trim sections” of each panel are technically going horizontal.  On each of your last glaze passes, you can brush over just these areas vertically.  This is optional but it will give your door an even more authentic look. 

Remember to do the first glaze mixture, let it dry two hours and then do the second glaze mixture. As soon as you finish the application of the second glaze coat, you can start peeling off the tape. 

IMPORTANT:  Always remove the tape slowly and pull it off in the opposite direction.  In other words, you want the tape coming off to be parallel to the tape on the board to prevent any dried paint from peeling off.  I’ve never had any paint peel off because I pulled my tape off in this direction.
how to paint a metal door to look like wood grain
Panels glazed and tape removed

Use a wet rag or paper towel to touch up any bleed-through areas and let it all dry at least an hour. If you have minor bleed through on areas, don’t worry about touching it up.  The next coats will cover it.

Taping and Glazing Horizontal Sections of Your Door

Tape off the top horizontal sections of your door.

IMPORTANT – When taping areas that are already painted, put the tape on so a small seam of the painted portion is exposed as I do here.  You won’t have to worry about this the first time with the panels but will with the horizontal and vertical sections.

how to paint a fiberglass door to look like wood
Be sure to allow a line of the glaze to show when taping over glazed portions.

Once all your horizontal sections are taped, do the full glazing process on each section but make sure to brush left to right this time.

how to paint a door to look like wood
Here the horizontal sections are taped and the first glaze shade has been applied
how to paint a metal door to look like wood
The panels and horizontal sections have been completely glazed

Again, take off the tape immediately after finishing the final brush strokes on your second glaze step.  Touch up any major bleed-throughs.

Taping and Glazing Vertical Sections of Your Door

For the last time, tape your vertical sections being sure to leave a visible paint line along the edges of the last sections you painted.  I also tape the edges(sides) of my door because I want the corners to be painted but not the entire edge of the door.

Do the full glazing process on the vertical sections brushing up and down.

how to paint a metal door to look like wood grain
Taped door in preparation for the vertical sections
how to paint a door to look like woodgrain
The first glaze shade of the vertical sections has been applied

If you have any areas that weren’t covered well, take a tiny brush and brush on a little of your second glaze mixture.

Let your whole door dry overnight.

STEP 6: How to Paint a Door to Look Like Wood So It Lasts!

The final step is to apply a top-coat to protect your door.  Use the right clear coat for your DIY project – Varathane Waterbased Polyurethane for interior doors and Varathane Waterbased Spar Urethane for exterior doors.  I don’t like using oil-based products outside because they often crack eventually and also if you are doing this process on a garage door an oil-based product could void your garage door warranty.

how to clear coat a painted door
Applying clear coat to the door

Stir (don’t shake) the can of clear coat.  I like to use large foam brushes because they don’t leaf brush strokes and they are super cheap so I just throw them away after each coat.  You can also use one and store it in a baggie in your frig until you do the next coat.  This will keep it wet.

Put on three coats all within 24 hours.  I usually wait an hour or two between each. 

IMPORTANT TIP:  Try to leave a wet edge with the Varathane Waterbased Spar Urethane or work in small sections.  I say that because an edge that I came back to had partially dried and it was kind of gummy.  If you see this start to happen, don’t try to work the brush, just brush on the clear coat and move on but working in small sections and going from one section to the one closest to it will help.  This was not a huge deal but just something I noticed.

UPDATE YOUR DOORKNOBS TOO!

This is a great time to update your knobs or handles with spray paint.  After lots of experimenting, here’s how to spray paint door hardware so it outlasts the house:  The Ultimate Guide to Spray Painting Door Knobs

Let your door dry and add the hardware.

how to paint a metal door to look like wood
how to opaint a metal door to look like woodgrain

If you like my other budget-friendly back door decor, you can make your Hydrangea Wreath, Topiaries & DIY Interchangeable Layered Mats here:

how to paint a metal door to look like woodgrain
how to paint a door to look like wood
painting a door to look like wood
how to paint a door to look like wood

RENOVATE YOUR FAITH: Why Doesn’t God Always Answer Our Prayers?

There’s another door in our home that also has multiple coats of paint on it.  This door was once in the LaSalle Hotel in Bryan, Tx before it was renovated, which means it is at least 100 years old.

I first painted it red to match the décor of our old home and later painted it navy and had white lettering made for it. (This was before I figured out how to paint my own lettering the easy way.)

The verse is Matthew 7:7-8:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Sometimes I think this verse gets a bad rap because it almost seems too good to be true.  

This verse isn’t saying that God will grant our every desire as if He’s our own personal genie in a lamp.  It’s saying that if you ask and seek, God will give you what you ask for as long as it is in accordance with God’s Will.

I John 5:14 tells us, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.”

These verses together say that we will have anything we ask of God as long as it is according to His Will.

This is actually so much better than having a “genie-in-a-bottle” type of God.

How many times have you asked God for something that you later realized would have been your life’s biggest dumpster fire had it come to pass?  Fortunately, God has the foresight to give us what’s truly best for us.

God doesn’t grant our every compulsory desire because He knows what we truly need and want.  And yes, He’s interested in our “wants”, not just our “needs” because we are His beloved children.

Matthew 7:7 presents a truth that is better than a “genie-in-a-bottle” prayer life because God guards us against ourselves by only granting actions that are best for us.  God knows His will is what’s best for us and He is the only thing that will truly satisfy the desire of our hearts.

So, when you see this verse, don’t shrink back in faith doubting the truth of this promise.  But ask in faith knowing that Your Good God loves you too much to give you anything that is less than His Best.

Because of his goodness, we have a safeguard against the things we pray for ourselves that might actually be to our future detriment.

So pray in faith, knowing that there is incredible power in prayer and God personally directs this power for good.

For more spiritual encouragement, click here for the rest of my project posts that also include Renovate Your Faith devotionals.

navy door with Bible verse

FAQ’s: How to Make A Metal Door Look Like Wood

How Do You Make A Metal Garage Door Look Like Wood?

If you’re wondering how to paint a metal garage door to look like wood, you can use this same process. Whether your garage has wood doors, metal doors or fiberglass, the only changes are in how you tape.  You will tape each section of the garage door as if it is a regular door on it’s side.  Do the panels first, then the vertical parts and then the long horizontal parts.  Also, be sure to avoid direct sun while painting your garage door.  You can avoid this by setting up a tarp to block the direct rays of the sun.

How to Make a Metal Door Look Like Distressed Wood

If you want the rustic look of driftwood you can use the driftwood finish above.  It is very similar to the traditional stain technique but at the end you dry brush with white and that gives it the gray look.

What is the Best Way to Paint Metal Doors that Are Rusty?

If your door is rusty to the point that it has structural damage, it is probably time to get a new door.  If the rust on your metal door is minor, sand down the rust with your sander and a 60 grit sanding pad.  Then, you want to prime your door with Rustoleum Rust Reformer (you can buy it here on Amazon)  that will stop the rust and prevent more rust in the future.  Once it is dry, continue the rest of the process as normal.

How Do You Paint A Door To Look Like Wood Matching Your Home Decor?

If you are painting an interior door to look like wood, you want to be sure it coordinates with your home decor. All of the sample options are neutrals but you want to take your wall color and your floor color into consideration. It’s important to get a shade that coordinates with your floor color but it doesn’t have to necessarily match it. For example, if your flooring is dark walnut, you can go lighter on your door to brighten things up a little. Also, if your walls are dark, consider the raw wood finish or Restoration hardware finish to add contrast.

How Do You Paint A Garage Door to Look Like Wood?

If you want the look of a wood garage door, you can use this same process on your metal or fiberglass door.  Just be sure to not use oil-based products on your garage door as it could void the warranty.

How About Painting A White Door To Look Like Wood? Do I still Need To Prime?

If your door is already white, still prime it so that the base coat can adhere well to the surface. You might be tempted to skip the base coat since not much of it shows through but the base coat also serves as a barrier to ensure the glaze mixture slides around on the surface and doesn’t absorb in too fast. On my Wire Shelving Hack, I used the raw wood finish on each shelf and thought I could just have the primer tinted to the base coat color. What I didn’t count on was how the glaze mixture absorbed into the the surface too fast and I couldn’t get the look of wood grain.

Can You Make A Metal Door Look Like Wood That Matches Your Garage Door (Or Visa Versa)?

If you are working on an exterior door, keep any other exterior doors or garage doors in mind when picking out your shade. For example, if your garage door is a dark stain and you are faux painting your front door, paint the door Dark Walnut to better match your garage door. My garage door faces the front of our house but because it is not right beside the front door, I don’t have to match exactly. Just don’t paint your front door in Brown Oak if your garage door looks closest to Rustic Mahogony. They will look too different and won’t coordinate with each other.

Can You Stain a Steel Door?

You can stain any material to look like wood. If your door has no panels that you will paint off first, you will do the whole door as one panel to create a wood grain on a steel entry door. You will want one or two people to help you with both glaze steps so that it doesn’t dry up on you too fast.

Can You Use Wood Stain on a Metal Door? What About Zar Wood Stain for Steel Doors?

Traditional wood stains like Zar are oil-based so they will adhere on a wood door but they will dry up before you can create faux wood grain with your brush. In other words, as you are working with it, it will probably dry up on you and look like a mess. The water-based paint and glaze mixture gives you a lot more control and is more forgiving if you mess up

What About Giani Wood Look Paint to Paint a Door to Look Like Wood?

There’s a product on the market that is used to paint doors to look like wood called Giani. It looks like they offer a few shade options as well but my personal opinion is that their wipe-on method is not as convincing in creating a faux wood grain. Also several of the reviews are pretty bad which makes me hesitant to recommend it.

Can You Paint A Fiberglass Door to Look Like Wood?

You can use this process on fiberglass.  Just follow the exact same instructions above.

More Posts How To Paint A Metal Door to Look Like Wood

How to Gel Stain A Metal Door to Look Like Wood

How to Apply Paint to Look Like Stain on Furniture

The Easiest Way to Paint and Stain Laminate Furniture

The Easy Way to Paint Furniture White

A Better Alternative to Chalk Paint

Why I Don’t Use Chalk Paint on Furniture

How To Spray Paint Door Knobs So They Outlast the House

How to Paint A Metal Door to Look Like Wood, YouTube Video

Final Thoughts on How to Paint a Door To Look Like Wood

This step by step tutorial shows you the exact steps and supplies to completely transform the look of your door on a budget. This process costs around $40 but a new door would cost hundreds of dollars. Be sure to check out the video to see exactly how to do each step. With this tutorial, you can have the curb appeal you have always wanted and a front door you can be proud of.

how to paint a door to look like wood

I love to hear your thoughts and questions!  Scroll down to leave a comment and I WILL reply! ❤️

Blessings,

signature

 

 

 

 

Be sure to follow the fun here!

Email Subscription | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter
 

How to Make A Metal Door Look Like Wood

Similar Posts

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *