Woodgraining a Door

Hello and welcome! This blog will serve as an informational and inspirational tool for friends, clients, and the general public with regards to decorative painting, fine art and creative ventures. For my first blog, I would like to discuss a decorative painting technique called wood graining. Wood graining is a time honored tradition of rendering a wood finish on a non-wood surface to appear as though it is real wood. In rendering different types of wood, there are characteristics of each species that need to be identified and studied so that it can be replicated accurately. I’ve included a link to a YouTube video that details the process of doing an oak wood grain on a front entry door. The most important part about creating a woodgrain is matching the color. The color tones in wood are multifaceted, so re-creating them requires multiple layers to get that same effect. I usually start out with a simple glaze technique and add depth with additional layers up from there. Oak graining is recreated using a single layer glaze, followed by a flogging glaze layer. Next, the details of the wood grain are hand painted in and later is followed by two glaze layers and a toner. It’s a bit complex until you’ve done quite a few, after which it becomes second nature. To turn a white steel entry door into a woodgrained oak door is worth the time it takes to render it correctly.


4 thoughts on “Woodgraining a Door

    1. Wood doors are incredibly pricey and oftentimes they’re not as secure as a metal door. I’ve had to wood grain many doors in the City of Chicago because there are strict codes in multi family buildings that require metal entry doors. These doors do not match the beautiful custom mill work of the high end trim in these homes. It’s a good niche market to be in provided clients know that this is a possibility.


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