How to Achieve a Faux Wood Paint Finish

The faux wood paint finish imparts a grain effect that is most preferred for painted wood finishes. The hard wood has its own natural grainy structure that appeals to the eyes. But, most soft woods are close grained and have a flat appearance.

The shortages of hard wood as well as that of high quality veneers have led the wood finishers to imitate the grains of woods with paints and pigments. A wood grain finish is comparatively easy to attain and comprises artificial creation of the grains on different types of wood. There is great demand for faux wood grain finish. This is a free type of finish with its elusive fluctuations of color and characteristics of giving natural soft shine and various looks. This finish is mostly adapted to any type of environment.

Material and Tools Required

  • Yellow acrylic paint
  • Mahogany acrylic paint
  • Burnt umber paste
  • White Vinegar
  • Filler paste
  • Turpentine oil
  • Varnish
  • Flat paint brushes
  • Badger paint brush
  • Tray
  • Latex cutting brush
  • Dishes
  • Masking tape
  • Paper plate
  • Pair of latex gloves
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper

Step 1:  Smooth Sand and Patch up

Smooth sand the wood piece surfaces to be paint finished using medium and fine grit sand papers in sequence. Patch up all holes or cracks with filler paste. Sand it again with fine sand paper and wipe and blow off all the dust. Make certain that the surface is prepared properly and is in a good condition. Mask the portions not to be painted with a masking tape.

Step 2:  Apply Paint

Apply a base coat of yellow or mahogany acrylic paint evenly with a flat brush. The base coat should be semi-gloss or a satin finish. It may need two coats dependent on the coverage and type of wood. Ensure that the color is almost uniform. Allow it to dry completely.

Step 3: Prepare Glaze

Prepare the glaze by mixing 1 part of white vinegar and 5 parts of burnt umber paste. This mixture is known as glaze. It should be mixed properly and needs to be thick.

Step 4:  Paint the Wood

Paint the wood with a coat of glaze with the help of a wide flat brush. It involves a wet-on-wet painting method using transparent strokes of color to fuse together flawlessly. Put long criss-cross strokes with your arms swinging freely. Use random strokes such that some portions of the base coat show up. Do not leave any surface in the middle before completing it.

Step 5:  Re-paint

Paint again with the glaze working on any leftover spots and still leaving some parts of the base coat to show through.

Step 6:  Dry Brush

Pass a clean and dry brush over it with powerful strokes to sweep and blend both colors. Work to get a soft and smoky effect.

Step 7:  Soften the Surface

Soften the surface with a badger brush finally and wipe out any obvious brush marks. Swing the brush lightly in figure-eight patterns. Blend the colors.

Step 8: Dry and Apply Final Coat

Let the glaze dry out and put on a coat of varnish mixed in oil. Dry it and apply a second and final coat of varnish.