Hey there! Today, I am sharing how to paint a plain white door to look like wood. While our house was under the bathroom construction I had to stay home every day. After I was finished with all the Christmas decorating I found something else I have been wanting to do for years. I knew my husband would not mind me experimenting in this room because the door was pretty shot regardless. The boys used to have a basketball hoop set up over it and they banged the heck out of the door. So it was either paint it white or try my experiment. I am sure this has been done before but I didn’t even look up how to do it. I just winged it. It worked! The workers I had here happened to go in the room that day and they asked if I had done that. I said, yes, they were impressed lol!
This was not a hard project at all. In fact, I was really happy at how easy it truly was. Start with your basic supplies. This was the first time I ever worked with gel stain, and I loved it. No drip, no mess. I did use traditional minwax stain to go over it and that is where the job can get a little messy. You want to be sure to cover your work area. The plastic drop cloths were great. NOTE: The only reason I went over it with another stain was for one, it was an experiment, and for two, I wanted to have a two toned color, which in fact, I did achieve with using both the gel and regular stain:)
Here is the before:
Be sure to use your gloves. Stain can be messy. The nice thing about gel stain is there is no drip. However, there is with the traditional stain that I used to go over it.
The door required two good coats of the gel stain. I then let it dry overnight.
The next morning I went over it with my color choice of stain with just a rag. I wiped in some areas to get the somewhat weathered look. The nice thing about applying the gel as an under coat is that when I did wipe, it appeared as though it was real wood underneath. I did not use a varnish or sealer. The doors have held up well. However, they are not used every day, so use your own judgement.
I changed out the hardware too. There you see my goodwill table I made over a few months ago. Compliments the door nicely, I would say. That’s all there is to that project! I think this would look super on a pantry door as well.
Back in the day, I painted our pantry door red and loved it for years. That was up until this past year when we actually had a custom tobacco wood barn door. I love that rustic look. Plus, it takes the wear and tear that my boys tend to give every thing around here.
I guess it was all about doors today! Now go tackle one.
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How to paint a plain white door to look like wood
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