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Faux Bois Front Door

Wood graining or faux bois (fake wood) is an art that gives a surface the appearance of wood.  The technique was developed in the 19th century when the use of real wood was beyond the budget of a home owner.  In addition to making non-wood materials look like wood, it can also be used to transform a common wood into an expensive one.  This is what we did for the cottage front door at the Garden Home Retreat.  In addition to being cost saving, it allowed us to use a renewable wood and make it look like a rare wood.

I was able to find a local decorative painter, David Zoellner, to help me transform the ordinary door made from Spanish cedar into beautiful Cuban mahogany.  Here is how he did it.