How To Make a Faux Wood Grain Finish

Wood just always seem to make a home feel warmer, and you can add that wood feeling to your home even if you don't have wood by adding a faux wood grain finish to walls, cabinets or anywhere you want. These walls can be made to resemble many types of wood including wood paneling, mahogany or just a wood grain finish.

Faux finishes are very popular, and especially ones that look like wood. They are easy to do, and you can do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Just remember you can always paint over it again.  Wood grain finishes go great in an office, or any room in the house. It brings a natural warm feeling to a room.

  1. Make sure the area is clean, and if you are using real wood then make sure it is sanded and smoothed.
  2. Then paint a base coat of a mustard color. Probably a better definition would be an ocher color.
  3. Make sure the paint is acrylic, and then let it dry.
  4. Once that is done you want to use another color paint, but you need to mix 1 part white vinegar with 6 parts paint.
  5. Choose a burnt umber color or a raw sienna is good. You can use artists paint for this. It will be somewhat runny, and this is called a glaze. It should be thick but certainly not as thick as paint straight from a bucket.
  6. Paint the glaze on the wood with a flat brush, and then while the paint is wet, you want to use a cork that has had holes poked into it and stamp the cork on the glaze. After every third stamp you want to clean the cork using a clean rag. This keeps the glaze from clogging up the holes.
  7. Then take your index finger and draw diagonal patterns across the glaze.
  8. Once that is done, take a natural sponge and dab it at the glaze, while cleaning the sponge occasionally with a clean rag.
  9. Then take your paintbrush and twist it in circles, and make small swirls in the glaze.
  10. Allow the glaze to dry, and then apply a varnish.
  11. When the first coat of clear varnish dries, apply another coat.

Before you know it you will have a great wood faux finish that will warm up a room instantly. It will be a great conversational piece, and you can say you did it yourself.


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