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How to Paint Faux Wood-Grain Pocket Doors

Liven up pocket doors with a faux wood-grain technique.

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paint faux wood grain pocket doors
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Apply a Base Coat

Apply base coat and allow to dry.

apply base coat to door

Step 2: Mix and Apply the Top Coat Glaze

Add three parts glaze to one part latex paint to create a top coat glaze. Apply topcoat glaze in sections.

Before topcoat dries drag a dry brush across the groove of the door and flat areas with a slight wiggle.

drag dry brush across groove of door

Step 3: Brush Over Top Coat with a Sea Sponge

On the inlay panel of the door go over the wet top coat with a sea sponge, using a tight twisting motion to create the look of burl wood grain.

Colors used:

Soul of the Earth (KM4072-5) latex eggshell for top coat
Banana Leaf (KM4120-5) latex eggshell for top coat glaze

brush over top coat with sea sponge