Faux Wood Painting Wine Cellar Door

by THAT Painter Lady

Hi Debra,

This is a door in our basement to the wine cellar. We wanted to do something unique and cellarish!

The faux brick on the walls I have shared with you already, and now the door is finally finished.

I wanted it to look like an old wood door. I painted the base coat a yellow gold color. I taped off sections to get the look of individual boards. I then used glaze tinted with a variety of browns, black, blue etc. to get the look I wanted.

It was fun as I experimented with different looks for each board. I also fauxed the trim around the door. Sending one before picture and then the finished look.






Wow! Darlene… Is this faux wood painting done on a plain hollow core door? I mean smooth – no detail at all?

I love the effect you got. Did you use a faux wood graining tool?

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Darlene May 1, 2009 at 2:08 am

Hi Debra,

Thanks for posting this. Good to know about the forum – I was wondering.

Yes, the painting was done on a hollow core door, no detail at all. I did use a wood graining tool. I find the tool can be too much so I go over the area again with my brush. I’ll even add more glaze and or colors, depending on what look I’m aiming for. There were times I used the graining tool and then almost completely covered it up again. leaving just enough for a particular look.

Happy you like it – it really was a lot of fun to do.

Susan Dunlap May 11, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Darlene, when you went over the grining tool area with brush, did you do when glaze was wet or added more glaze when dry? or did it make a difference? This is really cool! A friend asked me to do their steel door with big planks so I’m getting as much info as I can. Thanks and good work!

Lucy Lenkewicz May 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Awesome Darlene. I have been asked to do a door in a new home, and it feels like the door is not just painted, but maybe coated with a plastic coating, are you familiar with this type of door. I can paint the mural they want, but I am not sure how to prepare the door. It has a shiny feel to it, with graining to simulate wood, or perhaps it is wood, it is white. I don’t want to paint a mural on it and have it peel off. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Sandy Grogan May 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Darlene, I have done faux finishing six years ago with my sister but materials and methods have changed, Plus I can’t remember what I did!!

I would like to do a door, in fact I have it drawn on my wall. But I fell from scaffolding April 1 and have been in ICU for most of the month. I’m recovering and can hardly wait to do this. Where do you have the step by step instructions that Debi told us of? PS I’m 65 so don’t have a lot of time. (smile) SAndy

Darlene May 12, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Hi Susan, I worked over the areas that I used the graining tool on when it was still wet. This way you can manipulate the look much easier. I think it keeps the look more natural as opposed to going back over when dry and much less work! Good louck with your project and if you have any other questions I’d be happy to help!

Cindy May 13, 2009 at 1:44 am

Amazing!! I love what you’ve done bothe the faux brick walls and door!! My wheels are turning 🙂


HILARY May 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I love this whole look with the painted door & the bricks – I have done the bricks in my extra bedroom, now I think I will try to do this door- awesome!

Deb May 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm

That’s so awesome!! I have a steel garage door that I want to do a wood graining finish on. It’s steel and has panels. I’m going to do a sample board first to get the look that I want.

I’ve always had difficulty with the wood graining tool, just manipulating it the way I want. It definitely has a mind of its own.

I’m thinking of trying a couple of different base coats before I do the glazes. Not sure about the color of the paint yet, but would take suggestions.

And I like to use Van Dyke Brown for a glaze and will consider using other colors to get the desired effect.

I saw a picture of a garage door that this guy did and he did it so methodically.

I love woodgraining and want to do more of it, as I see it in magazines all the time!!!!

And this is for Sandy…..hope you get better soon!

thx, guys

Adipainter May 14, 2009 at 2:45 am

This is really amazing,I can’t wait to try…

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