DIY Restored Faux-Graining

Gary Kleiner photos.

Before & After ~ DIY restored faux-graining on pocket doors.

Denver, CO, homeowner Gary Kleiner posted these photos of his project on the Victorian Home Restoration and Appreciation page on Facebook. It is such a great example of what can be accomplished by a homeowner that I asked his permission to share them here. He says:

“When we bought our Victorian-era house, these two 9-foot doors separated the front and back parlors. They were hinged and swung into the back parlor, but I always suspected that they originally were pocket doors.

When doing work in an adjacent space, I was able to stick a camera into the wall cavity, and sure enough I discovered that the the pocket door track along with the hardware were still in there!
Of course, I remounted the doors (easier said than done), but removing the boards that covered the slots that the doors travelled through, reveled that the woodwork had originally been faux grained (painted to make it look like a different wood).

Time to learn how to faux grain!”

Obviously, he nailed it!

Decorative paint finishes, including faux-graining, are discussed in Chapter 18 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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