Create Faux Wood Grain on Painted Door

“[She] went after her lovers and forgot me, declares the LORD. Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor as a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth . . .” –Hosea 2:13-15

Hosea, from a young boy to an old man, was a prophet of Israel. Before Jesus came to the world as a man, God spoke to the Israelites through prophets. “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”- Hebrews 1:1-2.

This is how the book of Hosea became included in the bible. For no writing is considered Scripture unless it is divinely inspired or delivered by the Lord; which is why the bible should not be considered a history book. It contains historical evidence and recordings but it is an all-inclusive and exclusive message from our God to us; everything we need to know about Him, to be reconciled to Him, and to live a life that glorifies His Son. It’s the most complex yet cohesive love letter compiled over a period of 1500 years!

Hosea was the first of several prophets who was given an assignment to share a message to Israel about their forthcoming destruction as a nation. Hosea’s name connotes a savior; God used him to share a message of salvation to His people. The Israelites needed to know that they were an evil and adulterous generation so they could repent. They did not uphold their promise to God; idolatry is unacceptable to God because it replaces Him with something He made. In the words of Pastor Matt Chandler, “Why do we pass up the benefit of having the Creator just to benefit from having His stuff?”

God used Hosea’s entire life as a symbol to the people; and he was to write this as a testament from God against them. He was ordered by God to marry and conceive with a prostitute named Gomer. Gomer was a representative of Israel and Hosea a representative of our Savior. God refers to Christians as the “bride of Christ”, but Hosea’s bride constantly betrayed him. However, God filled him with a deep love for Gomer. Not a begrudging submission of marital duty but a sacrificial, passionate love for a woman who didn’t love him back.

She “went after her lovers and forgot me.” And instead of God divorcing the Israelites from their adultery (like we would expect any husband to do), He makes another declaration of love and mercy. “Therefore (because of this adultery), behold (watch!), I will allure her (giving her the choice to follow), and bring her into the wilderness (desert place), and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards (make her prosperous) and make the Valley of Achor (a troubled place with a history of war) as a door of hope. And there she shall answer (sing) as in the days of her youth (Israel’s first love for God when they praised Him for their deliverance of slavery in Egypt) . . .”

Have you ever been in a situation where it felt like you were abandoned in a desert? I have, and I probably never would have gotten there if not for my idolatry against the Lord. John Calvin says that the human heart is an idol factory. I can make an idol out of anything. Food, work, my husband, my body, my yard, my house, my money, my reputation, my friends, etc. (my, my, my). An idol is anything you value more than God (so what do you spend most of your time doing/thinking about?). And because God is jealous for and ultimately deserving of our affection; He occasionally will lead us to a desert place where our spirits will hit bottom. But in our humility, we will see God for who He truly is, our Lord and Savior. And when we can see God, we will see our sin clearly for the first time and repent to His offering of salvation. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” –Matthew 5:3.

Have you ever heard of Stockholm syndrome? It is a label given to hostages who start to empathize with their captors. While caring for their hostages the captors gain the victims’ trust and sometimes assistance in their motives. In most cases, it’s pretty messed up and disconcerting. But what if it wasn’t? What if your captor snatched you from your current comfortable life to lead you to a place where you could do nothing to help yourself? What if he bound your hands and feet with rope and tied you to a chair? What if he cooked you food, brought the spoon to your lips, and water to your mouth? What if he washed your dirty feet and bandaged your wounds? Your captor met every one of your needs, all the while speaking tenderly to you that you are safe and how he brought you here for a purpose that will ultimately result in your good.

When you commit yourself to God as a Christian, you are identifying yourself as a slave to Christ- a hostage. You do what He tells you to do, even when you don’t want to because you know that He is perfect and your own sense of justice deceives you. You no longer belong to yourself. When He tells you to move to China, you move. Or give your money to your neighbor, you give. Or befriend the unlovable, you make friends. But Christ, being perfect in creation and intent, is the best Captor, the best Husband. God lures your surrender and takes you as His hostage;  making you His child and heir, and Him your Father. And when you sin against Him, He shows you mercy instead of wrath; then begins to lead you to a place of solitude and humility. Follow His lead away from your comfort, allow him to bind your limbs, consume His food, and trust His assuring whispers without fear. And when you do, you will witness Him turning your troubled place into “a door of hope”.


This is our front door. White metal door, with a flowery looking glass design. It’s not my favorite, but it’s a newer door and I hate to waste materials, especially a $300 door.


These are the supplies I used to transform this door.

1) Behr exterior primer/paint in a raw pine color

2) Minwax Wood Finish in Woodstock

3) Minwax Gel Stain in Mahogany

4) Minwax Polyurethane

5) Sponge Brush-  medium

6) Cheap paint brush

7) Drop Cloth

8) Painters Tape

9) Rubber Gloves (be wise)

10) Sponge paint roller- small


First remove the hardware from the door. This is easier than you think. Mine came off with a Phillips head on the inside ledge, the screws were on the strikes and on the inside around the handle. Don’t get your screws mixed up.


I taped around the window and used a small sponge paint roller to get the paint on. I only used one coat because I will be covering it with stain. I was shooting for the color of raw pine (it’s a fleshy apricot color). Let this dry and set for several hours if not one day.


To really make this look like wood, you have to create the look of panels in a real wood door. I taped off these sections to start.


I mixed the two stains together in the desired consistency (think yogurt, not frosting or milk). It would be wise to do a test on a piece of lumber first to be sure of the color and thickness. Then I started brushing on my stain in one direction of my faux wood grain using a sponge brush.


The stain is actually more forgiving than you think. It’s scary but you won’t learn if you don’t try.


I then moved on to other sections and brushed it on in the direction of a real piece of wood.


It’s important not to overlap the panels when brushing to preserve the look of the grain. Also, don’t be scared of imperfections as these exist in real wood. Keep brushing until you are satisfied then move on to another section.

First coat completed. Let this dry completely before adding your second coat.


For the second coat, I used the same stain but applied it thinly with a brush. I let the brush create more pronounced wood grain in the panels. When I was pleased, I let this coat dry. Note that I also taped the weather seal at the bottom. You want that to be clean and not gunked up.


I applied one coat of poly with the same brush and left it to dry. Then I cut the tape off around the windows so it wouldn’t be tempted to peal. I didn’t want to repeat the staining process if I could help it.

Nate put the hardware back on and this door is done. Beautiful and protected against weather. I will eventually do the inside of the door and the garage door to match. I will share the view from outside of the house when I remove the screen door and finish the front stoop. This is a close up of the wood grain. Not bad for my first time; you could definitely do this.




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