Front Door Redo Using Faux Wood Grain Technique

6 Hours

For less than $40, I was able to transform my red fiberglass front door into a solid wood-looking masterpiece. Check out how you can do it too using this faux wood grain technique.
Here's a closeup of the final result.
I started with this red fiberglass door with white trim.
First I taped off the windows then painted on a coat of orange paint/primer.
I used this wiping stain for the second part of the project.
This handy tool helped create the look of real wood grain.
Here I am in the process of applying the stain and using the wood grain tool to create a realistic wood pattern.
Can you spot the photobomber?
Here's the final result.
What do you think of my new "wood" door?

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • Add
    on Sep 9, 2017

    why two different stain colors? Was one a base color? Or was the orange primer the base color?
  • Joanne
    on Jul 30, 2019

    What sealer did you use?

  • Linda Taft
    on Aug 31, 2019


    I have a vinyl storm door that is looking pretty sad . Can I paint it with rustoleum paint?

    • Lin Bosak
      on Mar 17, 2020

      Yes but make sure the door is clean do a few light coats instead of trying to cover it all at once

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2 of 104 comments
  • Wenda Like
    on Aug 5, 2019

    So inspired by this, I have several doors in my house that can use this treatment!!

    You did a great job! Made it look easy, I’m sure it’s more difficult that it looks. But I will be trying this one for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mitt
    on Mar 30, 2020

    Very nice. Your front porch is lovely. Very well put together and looks high end. Good job!

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