There’s something beautiful about wood grain but not all wood has a deep grain. If you’re on a budget, you should know that even if your piece doesn’t have a natural wood grain, you can still create one. Whether you’re working on a table, a chair, or any other piece of wooden furniture, you can create a faux wood grain paint finish using a special technique and only a couple of tools.
Now, this technique might take a little bit of practice so don’t get frustrated if you can’t get it right the first time. Fortunately, paint finishes can always be stripped and you can always start over. For this faux wood grain paint finish technique, you’re going to need a wood grain rocker or a wood grain paint comb set. You can find these tools at your local paint store or at your local hardware store. It’s a good idea to have a dry paintbrush as well. Next, you’ll need at least two latex paints in different colors and an acrylic glaze.
Choosing Your Colors
There are a million colors to choose from and creating a faux wood grain is a great way to make any piece of wood look exactly the way that you’d like it to look. Some painters prefer to keep their wood grain natural. For a natural look, try colors such as yellow ochre or burnt sienna or even a nice wooden brown color. As you blend any two colors together, you can make sure that the blend gives your piece of wood a realistic wooden color by adding more of one color.
However, you don’t have to choose natural colors. It’s common to choose white for the wood grain color or even use blues and greens. Regardless of the colors you choose, this technique will still look great.
Prepping the Piece
You can prime the piece if you’re concerned about warping but make sure the primer is dry before applying your paint. Once the piece is primed, you can roll on your primary grain color with a roller. Be sure not to coat the paint on too heavily; otherwise, your paint comb won’t be able to get all of the paint off in places where the grain should be.
Comb and Rock
As you already know, wood grain always goes in one direction. So, if you’re only painting one panel at a time, be sure that the grain goes one way. Simply drag your grain rocker across the wet paint, being careful to continue the motion of each stroke all the way until the end of the piece. Keep doing this until you’re happy with your base grain.
It’s a good idea to start with your rocker or your paint comb at the edge of the piece and slowly work toward the middle. Don’t worry if your grain strokes overlap a bit. You can always go back with a knot tool and fix any crooked parts.
Finally, depending on how knotted you’d like the wood to look, you should use your knot tool to create a few faux knots in your grain. Step back and wait for the finished product to dry and you’ll have a convincing faux wood grain finish.