Watch How I Make My Cheap Builder Grade Doors Look Like Wood Doors

by Melly
For less than $50.00 I gave my home the look of expensive Oak doors without paying the Oak Door price.
Here is what my doors looked like when I got started. They are BOOORING! I wanted to give them a upgrade, but didn't want to spend 120.00 per door since I have 5 of them in the hallway. So I decided to get out my paint brushes and start making some magic happen...
Here is a quick peek at my hallway. It is all white and has NO character at all.
The first step was to paint the doors. I used a satin latex paint in a terra cotta color.
Once the door was all painted, the next step was to add the wood character using a GEL GLAZE in honey oak, and mahogany to add the appearance of wood grain and knots.
Here is my hallway now. It still needs a bit of work, but it is lots better than it was with just the plain white doors it had before.

So for under $50.00, I was able to give my home the look of expensive oak doors without the expensive oak door price tag.
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  • Joanie Joanie on Dec 08, 2015
    I'm sure it would work if they are wood. I have used it on a wood door that was previously painted and a shelf that I didn't like the color of the stain. Both turned out beautiful! My front door is not wood, but has wood grain, paintable, the stain worked beautiful. Just time consuming because of dry times.
  • Nana Nana on Sep 06, 2020

    Beautiful now!