Before & After ~ DIY Restored Faux-Graining

Denver, CO, homeowner Gary Kleiner shared these before and after photos of his DIY restored faux-graining on pocket doors project. It is an excellent example of what can be accomplished by a homeowner willing to learn new skills!

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 they were pocket doors originally.

When doing work in an adjacent space, I could stick a camera into the wall cavity, and sure enough, I discovered that the pocket door track and the hardware were still in there! As I remounted the doors (easier said than done), removing the boards that covered the slots that the doors traveled through revealed that the woodwork had originally been faux-grained (painted to look like a different wood). Time to learn how to faux grain!”

He nailed it! Note the “after” photo was taken after the doors were finished and before the surrounding trim was grained to match.

Decorative paint finishes, including faux-graining, are discussed in Chapter 18 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

The classic volume on identifying historic house styles, “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester, is available in our shop.

© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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