Paint Door To Look Like Red Weathered Barn Wood

by THAT Painter Lady


I have a white builder’s grade door that has a glass panel in it.

I would like to paint the door portion that surrounds the glass so that it looks like a weathered red barn door.

I was thinking perhaps a medium brown base coat w/a barn red glaze on top.

Suggestions/feedback would be appreciated.



Hi Pam,

You project sounds really fun! I can’t wait to see pictures when it is done.

As far as how to achieve a faux weathered barn door. Here are a couple step by step instructions. I would suggest for to do the opposite of what you were planning on doing. So, your base color will be red instead of brown.

1. Gather reference pictures, either from books or on the internet.

2. Choose colors – brick red, a brighter red, and a few browns

3. Lightly sand the door (step #1 will not be necessary if the door is new and is already prepped and ready to paint)

4. Prime the door with a coat of primer (because you are using red, you will need to prime the door first – ask at the store where you will be purchasing the paint, what color primer you will need)

5. Base coat the door with a bright red brick paint color (don’t be afraid of the bright color because the brown glaze will tone the red down)

6. Glaze the door with a dark brown glaze. Use a rag, sponge, or woolie to apply the glaze and use a clean damp rag to wipe the glaze off in certain areas. Put the glaze on heavier in the crevices. You can even use an artists brush for this. You want the door to look old and worn.

7. Use an artists brush to add cracks and worn spots. You may want to experiment with a few different colors. Use your reference pictures to get ideas.

8. Seal the door with a varnish or water based polyurethane.

So, I hope this helps. Let us know how it goes. We always love to hear back from our readers and do it yourselfer’s. You guys make our job worthwhile! That Painter Lady

barn-red-faux-painting-sampleWell, I did my research, found a couple of good pics of the type of finish I’m striving for, took some “before” pics, then went to Home Depot & bought the primer & paints.

Hopefully I chose some good colors!

I filled the screw holes, cleaned & primed the door.

So far, so good… Tomorrow I’ll begin painting. We’ll see how it goes then.

A few questions about the glazing: After I paint the door red & let it dry, do I glaze the whole thing w/the brown & then wipe off, or do I do this in stages/sections?

Also, you mentioned creating cracks & worn spots w/an artist’s brush. Can you elaborate on that?I don’t have a clue how to do that.

And finally, can I also use some of the stain that frames the door mixed w/the glaze to also coat the door before or after the dark brown glaze?

Thanks again–this is a great site!

First… the door will look just great next to the plain stained wood frame. If… the stain on the door and the stain on the frame are in the same
color family.

faux-red-barn-wood-doorThat’s why I think you should use stain instead of glazing for this project.

Brush the stain on with vertical strokes using a paint brush. Don’t shake the stain. It must be “stirred, not shaken” just like a martini.

Then wipe off in vertical strokes with a folded up towel.

I suggest you paint on… wipe off in sections so the stain doesn’t dry before you can get back to it.

Now here’s the deal! You can put on several layers of the stain. So start with putting on a wiping off right away. This will leave a very pale stain. Then you can keep going back over it until you get the depth you like. Stain usually dries quickly enough to keep adding layers.

Don’t “shut” your door for as long as possible. This stain and paint etc. can stick to the frame until it’s really dry. I would put some plastic packing tape on the door frame before I shut the door just to keep things from sticking.

Hope I helped. This looks fun!

Good luck and keep me posted


Progress Update:

OK–Painted the door red now–it’s pretty bright, but I’m hopeful the stain will get it to the right color.
I’m attaching a pic of the door painted red. And, by the way, the walls aren’t actually bright. The flash is washing them out–they actually have a faux finish, too! It’s very subtle–beige & taupe–I was going for an “aged” look–I don’t know that you can see it in the photo–if I put something white against the wall, perhaps you could.

I finished painting about an hour or so ago–Hopefully it will be ready for the staining/wiping process in another hour. But phew! that stain is potent! Shocked I’ve got windows open & a window unit AC on.

As a bonus, when I pulled the stain out, I started noticing all these “house blind” scratches all over the baseboards, doors, & door frames. I’ve been wiping them down w/the stain, & they look like new!

I can’t believe they’ve looked so horrible for so long & we never noticed! I’m sure everyone else has, though!

When I put the polyurethane coat on top (tomorrow), can I still use water base, even though I used the oil-based stain?

Your instructions were really helpful–thanks so much. Even little things, like stir, don’t shake the stain & the primer info…

Those are details I wouldn’t have thought of.

Hi Pam…
It has been so much fun to “follow” you on your journey!

I know how it is when you get a paint brush out and in use. It’s hard to stop…

Whenever I have paint and brushes out… I start looking around for “one more thing”
I can paint or touch up. Roll Eyes

To be super safe… use oil based sealer on the door. It’s best not to mix oil and water… ya know?

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