Paint Garage Door and Front Door to Match

I completed a project last week which was to paint two single car garage doors to look like wood and then to paint the double front doors to match them.  This beautiful home on the waters of Tampa Bay is getting a total remodel.  I mean total, new everything, floors, the kitchen was gutted and replaced, bathrooms gutted and replaced, walls moved around inside and on and on.

Part of the new look was to paint the garage doors to look like wood.  They were in good shape so they didn't need to get replaced.  The landscaping was not done when I took these photos so you can see the little planter between the doors will get some nice plants there at some point.

Sometimes when I am painting a garage door to look like wood I paint the trim around the door and sometimes I do not.  It depends on the situation.  In this case  the trim was in bad shape so it got replaced.   Then I painted it to match the doors.  The trim I am talking about is indicated by the red arrow in the next photo.  As you can see the garage doors also have this really nice cast stone around them.  The blue arrow indicates a strip between the door trim and the stone that was painted the house color but really that did not look that great to have a different color in there so I painted it to match the cast stone and it looks a lot better like that because now it reads as one unit.

Often when I paint a garage door to look like wood I paint the front door to match.  These doors where a honey oak look and I was able to totally transform them into a darker wood by painting them using the same technique as with the garage doors.  Those door handles are new also.


  1. Hello Robert :-)
    What is the color combination that you used on this door? I don't want a lot of red undertones in my door, if I can help it. Thanks for any help you can extend.

  2. No red or yellow undertones, just to clarify, as neutral and dark as possible is what I will be trying to achieve.

  3. I have painted just a couple of garage doors like you are describing. I used a Sherwin Williams color called Thatch Brown SW 6145 for a base then Black Bean SW 6006 for the wood grain. For not quite so dark I would use Dapper Tan SW 6144 for the base.
    Those colors will give you a neutral look but still warm. If you want it basically with no warmth but still dark I would use Iron Ore SW 7069 for the wood grain.
    For what you are asking about I would only use one color for the wood grain. Take a look at this door here...
    In the pictures you can see how the base coat is a warm neutral. For the wood grain I only used one color and it was like the Iron Ore color. So the door ends up looking pretty neutral but still like a dark driftwood. In going neutral I would just caution you not to get it looking too grey. That's why I go with the warmish base coat. Hope this helps.

    1. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I would highly recommend working out the colors on a sample board. And to thin down the wood grain color pretty well.

    2. Thank you Sooooo much Robert for taking the time to reply!!!!!! Im def going to need to practice on some sample boards!! Thank you so much for your guidance and suggestions!!! :-)


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