Faux Wood Grain Oak French Door

by THAT Painter Lady

Hi Debra

I have a metal French door going out on to our patio from the kitchen.

The trim around this door is medium oak and the door is painted sage green.

Since metal is so smooth, should I do 2 coats of glaze to give it a little texture? Will that make it too dark?

Also when they came up with the glaze color originally for this house I had them take all the yellow tones out and make the oak finish a more neutral brown.

Should I still basecoat with yellow?

I just received my faux wood graining DVD and loved it.


THAT Painter Lady Answer (that’s me!)

Hi Jan…

It sounds like you want to “match” the wood oak trim around your door.

So the yellow base color is still the best bet. I would make sure “not” to use a sunny yellow… try something that looks more like “brown mustard”. This will give you a nice “warm” base. And that’s what Oak is = warm.

The over glaze you will be using will not be yellow. So the doors won’t appear “yellow”. The glaze is like stain on wood.

If you don’t use yellow based stain it shouldn’t be “yellow”.

The problem is getting the entire thing to “match” the wood exactly. That’s going to take a bit of trial and error…untill you get it right.

You will need something smooth and solid to test on… not paper. 🙂

The easiest thing to test on is something called foam core board. It’s available at the craft stores like Michaels. It’s easy to use and really cheap. Because it’s light weight it will be easy to paint flat – let dry – and then hold it up to the door frame to see if it’s a match.

You may Not be able to get the exact “oak” grain. It’s a difficult grain to match with my “easy” techniques. But… I really think you can get close enough so that you will be very pleased with the results.

I do often use multiple layers of “thinned” out glaze. Letting them dry between each coat. I think this gives a nice depth and keeps things from looking “yellow”.

You don’t need the glaze to give “texture” to the door. Really!

The wood surrounding the door has a smooth feel… so that’s what you want to have on the door. So keep your glaze thin and it shouldn’t have anything that feels “raised” when you are finished. You might have to “sand” it ever so lightly to get everything back to smooth.

I am sure you will want to “seal” the finish when it’s done. Try to match the seal coat finish that’s on the wood. If it’s shiny – then use a shiny sealer and so on.

I hope this is helpful! Let me know how your project goes. And we would all love to see the before and after pictures.


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