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Creating a Six Panel Door with Paint and Illusion



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By : John Whitaker    99 or more times read
One way to give your home a custom look is to add unique touches to the woodwork, and adding six panel doors to your home is a great way to do that. However, if you cannot afford to replace all of your doors with real six panel doors, you can create your own six panel door with some simple molding and a little paint. While your duplicate six panel door will not be as heavy as a real six panel door, it will look every bit as real.

Masking Out the Design A six panel door is more than just a clever name. It actually describes the appearance of the door: A six panel door has six panels on it. They can be equal sized, or they can vary in size. Try drawing out several different designs to see what will work best in your home, and then you can measure to find the amount of molding that you will need.

Prepare the Molding Any hardware or home improvement store has molding, and after purchasing it, you can cut it to size using a handsaw and miter box. Make sure that your measurements are exact and that you cut your molding joints at exact forty five degree angles. That way all of the molding pieces will fit together seamlessly when you use them to form the faux panels on your door. Since you are making six panels you will need four pieces of molding for each panel, which comes to twenty four strips of molding in all. You can paint your strips of molding before cutting them, after cutting them, or after attaching them to the door.

Installing the Molding After prepping the molding pieces, you can fit them onto the door in the design that you like, and use wood glue to affix them to the surface of the door. Use a level or a square to make sure that your panels are straight and even. Then you can use a nail gun loaded with finish nails to secure the molding. Next, fill in the nail holes using wood putty and let it dry. When everything is completely dry, you can paint or simply touch up the nail holes with paint.

Two Tone Doors If you want to make your door even more interesting and custom looking, you can add another dimension to them. Simply section off your panel areas with painter's tape, and paint the interior of the panels a shade that is darker than the rest of the door. After your paint dries, remove the tape and attach your molding for a beautifully custom door.

Six Panels Minus Molding You can also create the look of a six panel door just by painting it. You will need three colors of paint and some painter's tape. First paint the door your lightest color and let it dry. Then mark off your panels with the painter's tape and paint them a few shades darker than the base color, and let it dry. Then tape off a half inch strip along the left side and bottom of each panel with painter's tape, and paint it a few shades darker than the panel color. After the paint has dried, remove the painter's tape and you have a faux, six panel door.
John Whitaker with AmericanArtisanArt.com has developed an interest in expanding the use of metal wall decor as well as large metal wall panels.

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